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      Sugarland performs for packed grandstand crowd

      It was the grandstand concert thousands of Sugarland fans were more than ready for Saturday night.

      "I've been waiting all summer," said Danielle Clonnen, of Oswego. "I almost postponed my wedding for this concert because it was getting close."

      Sugarland played before a packed crowd at the New York State Fair on Saturday. But just last month, it was unclear whether the band would even make it here.

      Moments before taking the stage at the Indiana State Fair, a fierce storm ripped through Indianapolis -- collapsing the stage and killing seven people.

      Saturday night, the message was clear -- the Central New York community won't let the memory of those victims and their families slip away. Fans held signs to honor those who lost their lives in Indianapolis, waiting to see the band that brought thousands of people to our grandstand.

      "Unfortunately it was very tragic for people and their families and we're here to give support and we just hope everything turned out okay," said Katie Delaney. 'We want to let the families know we are here and we support them."

      It's the message Sugarland has carried with it throughout its summer tour. On the band's website, lead singer Jennifer Nettles wrote,"There are only prayers for peace in the hearts of the bereft, and prayers of thanksgiving for those who were spared or safe. A piece of our heart is left in that grandstand. "

      At our grandstand -- hundreds of miles away -- this band and complete strangers kept their memory alive.