BAY CITY, MI — Heather Melson and her daughter Britni Allison 15, traveled from South Haven at 5 a.m. today, just so they could be in Bay City early enough to wait in line for seven hours to see 2011 American Idol winner Scotty McCreery take the stage at tonight's Labadie Pig Gig concert.
But for Britni, and about 50 others waiting in line, the long wait by 2 p.m. was worth every minute.
"His mom posted a twitter pic so we knew where to find him," McMurtry said.The three hung out watching him do a photo shoot before McCreery — who is known for his deep voice and country vocals — came over to say hi."We thought he'd say he had to go, but he came over and talked to us," said Gillengerten, who had posters signed by the star. Britni had him sign the back of her phone, while McMurtry also had posters signed.
McMurtry, Gillengerten and Britni are also the three lucky fans that are at the very front of the line waiting to get into the concert grounds. The gates officially open at 5 p.m.
McMurtry and Gillengerten got to the park at 8 a.m. "It's our first concert and we didn't know what to expect or how early to get here," McMurtry said. But even as first timers, they all have the same game plan once they gate opens. "Run as fast we can!" All three yelled out.