Trish Tonjes had tickets to go see The Band Perry at the Medina County Fair on Thursday night, but that morning The Band Perry came to see her.
Tonjes got a call Friday morning from a public relations representative asking if the band members could work out at her gym, Edge Fitness Center, 919 N. Court Street, Medina.
“I was like, ‘Of course.’ ”
When the band arrived about 10 a.m., Tonjes rushed home to get her 14-year-old daughter, Hannah. They drove right in time to meet up with the band at the nearby Starbucks on Court Street, where they were enjoying a post-workout caffeine break.
“They signed my ticket,” Tonjes said.
The band gave Tonjes and her daughter four backstage “meet-and-greet” tickets for them to bring their friends, Holly Rigard and Amy Petkovich, both from Medina.
“They were very sweet and personable,” Tonjes said.
The show, scheduled to start at 8 p.m., had to be postponed a half hour due to traffic jams and crowds of people trying to get into the grandstand.
“It’s the biggest show we’ve had here in a while,” said Bob Bauman, entertainment coordinator for the fair.
Bauman said the fair always books country music artists as the headliner act because they draw the best crowds.
By 7 p.m. Thursday over 5,600 tickets were sold, he said.
“Medina was very fortunate because they stopped here while on a world tour,” he said. “Tomorrow night they’ll be performing in Madison Square Garden.”
Cassie Flack, 19, Liverpool Township, bought a The Band Perry T-shirt before the concert started. She and her friend Allison Steven, 20, Medina, said they have been looking forward to concert because The Band Perry is “one of the biggest country bands right now.”
“We’re so excited,” Flack said. “I think it’s awesome they’re willing to come to a county fair during a world tour.
“That says a lot about them.”
Ariana Baldwin screamed when she found out she was going to The Band Perry show.
She and her cousin Julia Procop are 9-year-old cousins from Summit County who wore matching Band Perry T-shirts, cowgirl hats and boots.
They said their favorite songs were “Done” and “Chainsaw.”
The girls’ grandparents Jim and Kelly Turle, Summit County, brought them to the show.
“We’re here to support the kids,” Kelly Turle said.
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