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::: THE WORLD'S LARGEST FREE COUNTRY CONCERT :::

* REVIEW: 1.3 Million People Attended The 2010 Downtown Hoedown in Detroit *

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Country music fans filled Detroit's Hart Plaza for the Downtown Hoedown, May 14-16.

 
by Jason Rzucidlo
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DETROIT -- A record crowd of 1.3 million people came to enjoy the 28th Annual Downtown Hoedown at Detroit’s Hart Plaza from May 14-16. The weather held up for the entire weekend with no rain whatsoever.

In past years, Hart Plaza had to be closed late in the evening on one of the three days due to overcrowding. For the first time ever, the entrance to Hart Plaza closed on all three days just before the headliner came on.

“I like the music and being outdoors,” said Charlene Kraemea, a resident of Chesterfield, Mich. whose been going to the Hoedown for the last four years. “I feel safe. My kids were here all three days. I just came today.”

Bob Seger, his daughter and Josh Gracin treated fans to special appearances. There were rumors of a possible appearance by Kid Rock during Uncle Kracker’s set, but it never happened. James Otto performed during his own time slot, and came out for a song during Colt Ford’s set and during Zac Brown Band’s performance.

The Zac Brown Band performed a 100-minute set to close out the festival on Sunday night. Blaine Larsen took the spot of Kyle Jennings, who canceled for unknown reasons. In addition, David Nail and Julianne Hough switched time slots on the upper stage on Sunday. Dierks Bentley canceled his autograph session with fans after most of them waited in line for over an hour.

Bentley performed his new single "Up on the Ride" on Friday night at the Hoedown. Randy Houser entertained the crowd with his new single "I'm All About It." Steel Magnolia performed their hit single "Keep On Lovin' You." Uncle Kracker performed his recent hit "Smile" during his encore. Darryl Worley introduced his new single "Keep the Change" on Sunday. The Zac Brown Band entertained the crowd with their new single "Free" and some songs off their next studio album.

With the down economy and many people out of work, there was free food and drinks passed out at the Hoedown. Lay’s gave out free samples of its potato chips while SunnyD passed out samples of its orange juice and fruit punch drinks.

“I like the music and the fact that it’s free,” said Cindy Mendez, a resident of Clinton Township, who’s been attending the Hoedown for four years in a row. “I just usually come on the last day. The food is pricey, but it’s good. As long as I live in Michigan, I’ll be coming back.”

Three F-18s flew over the Hoedown on Saturday afternoon for the first time ever. It happened just after the Detroit Red Wings’ own Karen Newman sang the national anthem on the main stage.

Some comments from fans on a Hoedown Facebook group: they hope the festival gets moved to a larger venue, they are looking for more restroom facilities and maybe charge a small entrance fee. Other fans complained of too much underage drinking and too many fights.

“I would pay extra for an area with porta poddy's, beer tent and a place we could see the show!” said Sherry Miller Fedewa on the Hoedown Facebook group.

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Josh Gracin made a special appearance during Colt Ford's set.

 

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Bob Seger's daughter, Samantha, performs alongside Steve Azar.

 

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SunnyD passed out samples of its orange juice and fruit punch.

 

 

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Detroit's Downtown Hoedown is known as the World's Largest Free Country Concert. The event is held each year at Hart Plaza along Detroit's Beautiful Riverfront bordering Windsor, Ontario. It is a three-day event featuring music, dancing and fun for all ages. The music portion is filled with local bands, newcomers and established artists.

 

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