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Schuyler County Fair preps for Florida Georgia Line concert


One of the biggest current acts in country music is making its way to the Tri-States Saturday night.

Long before the duo scored notoriety with their mega hit "Cruise," Florida Georgia Line was booked to come to the Schuyler County Fair in Rushville.

But now that the duo has reached stardom, fair officials have been dealing with the difficult task of planning an event they never imagined would get this big.

The city of Rushville, fair officials and county officials are trying to figure out how a town of 3,000 can hold an event that could bring in up to 15,000 people.

Officials tell WGEM they've had to call on the entire community to pull off the city's biggest concert ever.

Florida Georgia Line is expected to arrive at the Schuyler County Fair grounds by Noon Saturday. In anticipation for the concert, fair officials say many people like Matt Volk have already started to camp out to reserve their spots.

"You know, we thought there was going to be lines (Saturday) so we weren't sure what time we'd have to get in line to the show, so it's just better if we are here early and get our place all staked out and ready to go," said Volk.

Chris Clayton with the Schuyler County Fair Board says parking will be at a premium, so they turned to local farmers for help.

"If we have to we'll park in the beans, like I said we've got probably close to 15 acres of parking, so we can absolutely get a lot of cars within that area," said Clayton.

Clayton says the school district also pitched in, offering up the high school's parking lot just a few blocks away.

He says Illinois State Police and emergency management crews will be on hand to deal with the large crowd.

And Clayton says if you're coming to Saturday night's concert, he advises you get there a few hours early to beat the rush.

And you can also help cut down on traffic by doing one more thing,

"Absolutely carpool if you are coming with a group of people make sure you load the car up [and carpool], and come on out."

Gates open to the fairgrounds at 7 a.m. but 5:30 p.m. is the earliest you can get to the staging area for the concert that starts at 7 p.m.

For just $15 at the gate you can get into the fair as well as the concert. Tickets will not be pre-sold.

Kids 12 and under get in for free.

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