TO UPDATE: Michigan Luke Bryan show canceled in bad weather
RICHLAND, MI – Traffic backed miles in every direction to D Avenue and 30th Street Friday while country music fans waited longer than an hour to enter the parking lot for Luke Bryan's Farm Tour at Stafford Farms.
At 16:05 On Friday 27 September, the doors of the D Avenue car park opened and the cars started sailing in the muddy field.
The opening of the lots was delayed by 30 minutes with each new lightning flash on Friday afternoon, leaving the cars idling in the rain, said Kalamazoo County deputy sheriff Noah Suisick.
Traffic moved quickly when the parking lots were opened at 14:00, Suisick said. The thunderstorms started shortly after, causing meteorological delays.
The second Western Michigan University student, Emily Klein, sat in her car with her three sorority sisters, waiting for the green light. Another load of Delta Zeta sisters were stopped two miles behind them, right up the hill at D Avenue.
A promoter of the Farm Tour had contacted Klein to recruit bartenders. They expected to work one shift from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the show, but instead sat down to wait in the car for the first hour of their shift.
Behind them, Early Stephens parked his camper and played Luke Bryan songs for the seven passengers on the back. Stephens joked that he could sell tickets to celebrate in his camper and wait for the storm.
"The best part is that this has at least one bathroom," he said.
The officers attempted to clear the routes for drivers living in the area, but stopped sending drivers along the opposite lane of the traffic, leaving many of them waiting in line among the concert goers.
The organizers expected about 20,000 fans to channel the town of Richland for Friday's concert, hosted by local Stafford Farms companies.
One of the country's biggest music stars, Bryan announced the dates and locations of his 11th annual Farm Tour, a collection of concerts held in rural areas to support farming communities across America, all at # 39. ; start of this year.
The six-stage tour began in Marshall, Wisconsin, on September 26, before arriving in the small village of Kalamazoo County on September 27th.
The country's star is known for its "County Girl", "Drunk on You" and "Rain is a Good Thing" successes. His annual Farm Tour shows, launched for the first time in 2009, have attracted over 100,000 fans.
After the Richland show, Bryan's tour continues Sunday and next week with more concerts scheduled in Ohio, Kansas and Oklahoma.