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4. Kane Brown’s stardom was almost too bright for Medina County

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    The capacity grandstand crowd cheers as country singer Kane Brown begins his concert Thursday night at the Medina County Fair.

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    Kane Brown, left, and Olivia Culpo present the award for vocal group of the year at the 52nd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn.

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    Kane Brown fans wait to enter the grandstand for the Thursday night concert that also featured Smithfield at the Medina County Fair.

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    A Kane Brown fan checks out a T-shirt before the Thursday night concert that also featured Smithfield at the Medina County Fair.

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    Smithfield, the opening act for Kane Brown, begins to play Thursday night to a capacity crowd at the Medina County Fair.

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    Smithfield, the opening act for Kane Brown, begins to play Thursday night to a capacity crowd at the Medina County Fair.

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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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