Hundreds camping for country music concert tickets

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Friday, Sept. 14, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The line of tents wrapped all the way around James Brown Arena as about 300 people waited to buy their tickets to Kicks 99's annual Guitar Pull on Friday.

This waiting game is no joke. Many people said not getting a ticket is not an option.

"Look at this whole line right here, everybody is camping out cause they sell out fast," said Jeff "Rat" Avritt from his spot -- fifth in line.

"Not everybody can get a ticket. It's like the Masters," said six-time camper Melody Ashmen.

That's why people showed up earlier than ever this year. Some have been camped out since Tuesday.

"We were expecting probably Thursday morning was the time they showed up last year. Seeing them Tuesday was kind of a shock," Event Manager Jen McArdle said.

These guys that are first in line showed up Tuesday morning.

"We can't move because we don't want to lose our spot since it's the number one," said line leader Travis Wilson.

Even though they beat everyone else to the front, they say the tickets aren't for them.

"I work, but I'm getting paid to be here instead of working for my boss man so he can have these tickets. He got little kids that want to go to this concert," Wilson said.

No matter who they're for, everyone here is determined to get their hands on a ticket to see some big names of country, from Little Big Town to Billy Currington and Luke Bryan.

"I love Luke, can't wait to see him, but I want to see Billy. This is the best lineup they've had in a long time," said six-time camper Anita Rickerson.

But waiting isn't always luxurious; sometimes nature calls.

"They open up the doors, and when they don't open the doors, we just go pop a squat. Oh, it's not about comfort," Ashmen said.

"I'm sleeping on my top of my truck, 'cause my air mattress popped," Avritt said.

That's not getting anybody down, though. Between air mattresses, coolers, and cornhole, this waiting game is more like one big party, and neighbors quickly became friends.

"Yeah I know all my neighbors. Don't y'all know me?" asked Avritt, to which all the people around screamed, "Yeah!"

"It's like a big ole family reunion," he said.

"They have a good time out here. It's a little vacation from every day life out here," McArdle said.

Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m.

Even though there are hundreds camped out, tickets are limited to four per person.


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