The sun was rising Friday morning as Leslie Dillard, of Evans, set up her tent and chairs in front of the Columbia County Library in Evans.
“I’ve never, never done this,” she said of camping out for concert tickets, this for the Oct. 28 Lady Antebellum show. “This is so not me. … It’s an adventure.”
Her son’s birthday is Oct. 28, though, and her daughter’s is two days before, so she was spending the night on the sidewalk to get tickets for them.
“It’s what they wanted for their birthdays,” Dillard said. “So I’m doing it for them.”
She joined hundreds of other Lady A fans who created a tent city to be first in line for the tickets, which go on sale at 8 this morning. Just 3,100 general admission tickets will be offered for the concert at the new amphitheater at Evans Town Center Park. Patrons are limited to no more than four tickets for $40 each, so county officials have said that at least the first 775 people in line are guaranteed to be able to purchase tickets.
Debbie Vannier, of Grovetown, took her place at the end of the line Friday afternoon with her teenage daughter Alicia. It was the second time Vannier has tried to buy tickets for a Lady Antebellum concert.
“By the time I got logged on to my computer, they were sold out,” she said of her attempt to purchase tickets for last November’s show at James Brown Arena.
Vannier and Alicia planned to spend the night outside the library to ensure they got passes for the acoustic show to dedicate a new pavilion named in their honor.
Alyssa Hayes and her friend Alexis Cooley, both of Evans, joined the line about midnight. They were confident the time will be well-spent.
“Definitely,” Hayes said, adding that her fellow sidewalk campers have been friendly. “I think once the day (of the concert) actually comes, it’ll be worth it.”
Ticket sales are cash only, but the county has set up an ATM on site for patrons.