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Elkhart County Fair sells out big name in country music

On Tuesday night thousands of people packed into the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds to see a national headliner perform. 

Fans waited in the first come first serve seating for almost 12 hours to see Cole Swindell. 
 
“I got here about 11 this morning,” says Crystal Yoder of LaGrange. 

Yoder is a huge country fan so when she heard Cole Swindell was coming to Elkhart County she was ready to do what it took to see him live. 
 
“I knew I’d be waiting in the stands all day to see him,” says Yoder. 
 
Yoder only paid $8 to get into the fair and with a little luck and dedication she was able to get one of 6,000 seats in the grandstand.
 
But for planners like Courtney Cannoot, buying advanced tickets for $30 to sit a little closer was the way to go.
 
“This way we are guaranteed to have our seats,” says Cannoot. 
 
In the track seating section 2,500 seats were available.
 
“We were pretty well sold out about a week and half ago,” says Dan Cunningham, an Elkhart 4H County Fair Board Member.

Cunningham says Tuesday’s concert is this first concert to sell out this year and even on a day when temperatures hit upward 90 degrees, the crowd still showed up.
 
“I know it’s been warm but they have withstood the heat and been there all day,” says Cunningham.   
 
After Cole Swindell there is one more concert left in the Elkhart County Fair Concert Series. Montgomery Gentry will take the stage Wednesday night.

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