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Luke Bryan serenades Baldwin City

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This past Friday several Baker students attended the Luke Bryan concert held at Don-Ale Farm, which is located 15 minutes from Eighth Street. The concert was a part of the country star’s “Farm Tour”.

Having a star as popular and widely known as Bryan come to Baldwin City created lots of excitement in town and on Baker’s campus.

Sophomore Dawson Dykes attended the concert with his girlfriend.

“I went because of my girlfriend, it was a present for her,” Dykes said. “She is a big fan.”

The Farm Tour is an event series that Bryan does to give back to communities like his own. Bryan is from Leesburg, Georgia and knows that many of his fans are located in rural areas. This year he will visit six cities on the Farm Tour. Before arriving in Baldwin City, the tour made a stop in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Some Baker students who are not even fans of country music attended the concert just because it was in Baldwin City.

Freshman Hadley Kaff is one of those students.

“I was basically persuaded by my friends into going. He never comes to Baldwin City and, like I’ll go, why not?” she said.

One of the owners of the farm, Kirsten Flory, was approached in the fall of 2016 and was asked if her farm could be the venue for the concert. They agreed and the production crew arrived at the farm early that Friday morning and began to set up the show.

“It was fun to see how they turned an empty field into a concert venue, and the amount of logistics it took to make it happen,” Flory said.

Before the show, Flory and her family got the chance to meet Bryan.

“He was really nice. He was very appreciative of the ability to host his Farm Tour concert on our farm,” Flory said. “My in-laws, Carl and Velma Flory, who own and operate Don-Ale Farms, were able to meet him, too. His production crew was also great to work with.”

Flory doesn’t know if the concert series will be back, but she says that they have visited some locations more than once. If he does, it’s most likely that some Baker students will be in the crowd.

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