It’s All About The Fans

Terri Clark poses for a picture with a fan.

June 8, 2018

Back in 1972, CMA Fest was known as Fan Fair and it was originally conceived as a place where fans could meet and interact with their favorite country acts. It was a week when country music artists could personally thank the fans for supporting their music. That was 46 years ago and since that time, the event has grown substantially, moved location, changed format and re-branded itself. But it has kept some of that original access to acts which has made it unique in the world of festivals.

There are stories from Fan Fair veterans of marathon signings that have taken on almost mythic proportions. Garth Brooks signed for 23 hours straight. Taylor Swift signed over 900 autographs in eight hours in 2008. While those colossal acts of generosity are now a thing of the past, there are still acts of every caliber waiting to sign, smile and thank fans that make the pilgrimage each June.

Check out photos of some of this year’s signings. Keep coming back to as we continue to cover CMA Fest 2018.