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Low Turnout For Concert At Columbia County Fairgrounds

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The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Ambrosia and Firefall performed at the Columbia County Fairgrounds on Friday night, however, not that many people showed up for the concert.

All three of those bands had several hit songs during the 70's and 80's. The concert was announced less than two weeks ago and because of that, some music fans are blaming the low turnout on the lack of advertising.

"You know, I grew up during the time when they were hot. Actually, I grew up before they were out, but anyway. They are just great bands. They got a lot of great music. They put on a good show," Reggie Ferland said.

Several top 40 bands from the 70's and 80's jamming out, but there weren't that many people there to hear the music.

"It's kind of disappointing, a lot of people didn't know about it. I didn't find out about it until yesterday at the doctor's office and here I am. You know," Ferland said.

Even the band Firefall pointed out the lack of an audience.

Some music fans are blaming the low turnout on the concert promoter, Charles Collins. He announced the concert on November 11th, which is leaving some people to say the event didn't have enough advertising.

We waited for a few hours to get an interview with Collins, but a Columbia County Sheriff's Deputy came up to us and said Collins would not be conducting interviews.

Because of the low turnout, some people are wondering how much money was lost.

"The real thing that I think is being lost is the enjoyment of the musicians that are out here putting on the show. If this had been announced and better promoted, I'm sure you would have had a hard time finding places to sit or stand up, because these are really good bands and they deserve to have a better audience," Ferland said.

There will be another concert today at the Columbia County Fairground on Saturday.

Juice Newton, Orleans, Pure Prairie, and Tami Davis will be performing. Tickets are $35.

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