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Flashback Friday: Fan Fair 1992-1994 [VIDEO]

Once upon a time, the CMA Music Festival was called Fan Fair. Fan Fair was a simple get-together with autograph booths decorated for the artists by their fans.

Blake Shelton is playing CMA Music Festival tonight and this definitely won’t be his first time playing to a crowd of 50,000, but when he thinks back to his favorite memories of the earlier days of the festival when it was called Fan Fair, this is what he remembers most fondly as told to The Tennessean:

“My very first Fan Fair, that’s what it was then, I remember, I was so obsessed with country music. And anybody that I saw on CMT back then was a superstar. I didn’t know the difference. I knew Garth Brooks was a superstar, but so was Kelly Willis.” Shelton said he stood in line to meet country singer Deborah Allen. It was the summer of 1994, and when she kissed him on the cheek, he said, “I swore it was front page news…I was so crazy about country music. I’ll never forget that feeling that I had that first year. It was the summer of ‘94. I had my picture made with the Bellamy Brothers. I was just running around crazy trying to meet all these people trying to get them to sign something, to take a picture with me.”

Here’s a look back in time at Fan Fair in the early ’90s:

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