Despite a torrential downpour that began just minutes after the Florida-Georgia Line concert got underway on Monday night, an estimated 30,000 fans stuck around for the show at the State Fair's Chevy Court.
Fans put on ponchos and opened umbrellas, taking cover where they could. Some had been waiting at Chevy Court since 3pm to get good seats for the free show.
"To see a big-name concert that's won CMA awards and everything like that, and to be able to see them for free, why not?" said fan Brian Gromek of Buffalo.
Chevy Court concerts seem to be doing well at this year's fair. In contrast, the fair has offered discounted tickets to some of its paid shows, including Carly Rae Jepsen and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Even with discounts, some fans out at the Florida-Georgia Line concert just don't see the value.
"I don't think it's worth it," said Claidua Brouder of Pulaski. "Why pay for a concert when you can have one for free?"
On Tuesday, Chubby Checker will perform at Chevy Court at 2pm, followed by pop singer Austin Mahone at 8pm.
Fair officials say total attendance for the fair on Monday was 81,098, which is up 27,644 people from last year.