When Medina County Fair Director Bob Bauman went through the motions of booking the entertainment acts for the 2018 fair, he was told about an up-and-coming country act that was going to be a huge hit by the end of the summer.
Kane Brown was blowing up the country charts, but still relatively unknown.
That changed by the time Brown’s star power exploded — just in time for the Medina County Fair.
The 24-year-old Georgia native performed at the fair Thursday night before more than 8,400 people - about 5,000 people in the grandstand and 3,500 on the field. His crowd eclipsed the normal 3,500 to 4,500 fans that came to the fair for a show.
The grandstand was filled to capacity.
The fair board, in order to prepare for the large crowd of country fans, made arrangements to use the Career Center parking lot. The Ohio Army National Guard Armory in Medina transported concert goers to the fair grounds.
In hindsight, Bauman, said that if he had tried to book Brown in August, it would have been nearly impossible. As such, Brown’s show was the fastest selling show in several decades thanks to several of his songs hitting No. 1 on the country charts.
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