Nine-year-old Hunter Adams, who hails from the small city of Easley, S.C., had his heart on seeing reigning Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan in concert.
But tickets sold out for the Columbia, S.C., concert before his mom, Lorie Adams, was able to buy them.
Adams said she jumped at the chance to get tickets for the Macon concert Saturday night at Central City Park, one of eight shows 2013 Farm Tour. The Macon concert later also sold out.
He told me last night hes been waiting all summer long for this, she said.
For his part, the fourth-grader at East End Elementary was trying to figure out how he could get close to the stage but still be able to see.
He was ready for the concert at Luther Williams Field to start.
So were more than 15,000 ticket-holders in the festive crowd.
Jessica and Chris Mims were lined up at the very end of a thrust -- a portion of the stage that stretched as a runway for Bryan during the show. The area of the field was standing room only.
She and her husband, whos stationed at Robins Air Force Base, arrived at 3 p.m.
The gates to the field opened two hours later.
Mark Tanner, 20, and Ashley Anderson, 19, college students in Savannah, were pressed in the thick of the standing crowd near the front of the stage.
Its Saturday and its a long way from home, plus its Luke Bryan! Tanner said of the trek to Macon to make the concert.
Heather Glover, 25, whos working in Orlando, Fla., but is a native of Swainsboro, drove up to meet her mom, two aunts and a first cousin at the concert.
The ladies arrived early to set up lawn chairs along the first row of the section of the field designated for those who wanted to remain seated to enjoy the show.
It was her third Bryan concert. She has every album.
You can dance and shake your booty, Glover said when asked what she most liked about the superstar entertainer.
Hes handsome, interjected her mom, Lynn Johnson, of Moultrie.
Yes, he is -- that helps, Glover said with a laugh.
Outside of the fenced-in portion of the field, fans parked their vehicles -- mostly trucks, some recreational vehicles, cars and other vehicles, for tailgate parties in the field and in the baseball stadium parking lot.
Other tailgate parties were sprinkled along the main entrance roadway into Central City Park and few extended down to Walnut Street and Broadway.
Macon police Lt. Wilton Collins estimated the crowd inside the fenced-in portion for which tickets were required at 17,000. But as far as the rest of the crowd that covered field outside of the fence and were scattered throughout the park, he said there was just not a good way to estimate that number.
He said tailgaters started arriving at the park at 6:30 a.m. Saturday.
The push hit about noon, he said.
In the 15 years hes been with Macon police, Collins said the Bryan concert is the biggest ever. He said the concert that has come the closest was Bryans concert last year.
The concert Saturday was among five shows in the Peach State of the 2013 Farm Tour. Bryan is a Leesburg native.
To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.