Officials expect a large crowd to camp out when tickets go on sale Saturday for a Lady Antebellum concert Oct. 28 at Evans Town Center Park.
Considering the popularity and the hometown connection for the Grammy Award-winning country group, the grounds of the Columbia County Library, the site for the ticket sale, are expected to be busy.
“I hope it’s a real hootenanny,” Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross said Tuesday of the ticket sales.
Keela Colombraro, the county’s community events specialist, said she has received phone calls this week from those planning to start camping out as early as today.
To keep patrons safe, Colombraro said, sheriff’s deputies will be stationed at the library from the moment someone starts camping out until the ticket sale concludes Saturday.
Campers will be allowed to set up at the entrance of the library and line up around the side of the building.
Though the library closes at 5 p.m. Friday, restrooms near the amphitheater will be open.
Colombraro said campers are welcome to bring small tents, chairs and picnic items, but no alcohol, and smoking is not allowed on county property.
Catch Phrase Café owner Gabrielle Corbin said she will be serving drinks and snacks from a cart outside her restaurant in the library throughout the night Friday.
The ticket sale starts at 8 a.m. Saturday in the lobby of the library, on Evans Town Center Boulevard.
Just 3,100 tickets will be sold for the show. They cost $40 each and are limited to four per person. Only cash will be accepted, and ATMs will be available.
Lady Antebellum vocalist Charles Kelley and guitarist Dave Haywood grew up in Columbia County and graduated from Lakeside High School.
The group will perform on a stage named for Josh Kelley, a singer, songwriter and brother of Charles.
Some proceeds from the concert will go to the John W. Kelley, M.D., Cardiovascular Endowment and University Health Care Foundation. John Kelley, the father of Josh and Charles, created the endowment for the education and training of students at the Harry T. Harper School of Cardiology and Vascular Technology at University Hospital.