As country music star Jake Owen took to the stage, Friday night, the word 'party' couldn't begin to describe the atmosphere at the Faster Horses country music festival. Kat Curtin of Lansing knew she had to be a part of it.
"Obviously, down south, this [happens] more often, but it's a big deal for Michigan because country music lovers don't have to travel as far," she said.
Add in the 20,000 other screaming fans at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn and festival creator Brian O'Connell's hopes were confirmed. Mid-Michigan was ready for its own country music festival.
"I think we accomplished all the goals we had for day one," said O'Connell. "We knew that we had the fanbase that wanted something like this. I couldn't be happier."
That meant bringing in fans from across the state and beyond to see their favorite performers, like Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean. Although 20,000 fans aren't the NASCAR levels predicted, O'Connell, who is also the president of Live Nation Country Touring, says those numbers are good enough.
"For a first-year festival, that's a huge number," he said. "I fully intend to have Faster Horses be a Michigan tradition."