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Only at the Grange Fair

Only at the fair would an appreciative and captive concert crowd, packed at the Grandstand for the Jerrod Niemann show Monday night, largely leave when Niemann signs off and leaves the stage after an hour.

Rather than cheer and anticipate a return, many in the crowd went for the exits, chairs and blankets in hand, as if they wanted to beat the traffic rush out of the city.

Many in fact only had to go back to their tents and trailers.

Perhaps less than half the huge crowd was left for Niemann's three-song encore. Of course you can hear the performers while walking around the fair, so perhaps those who left were still tuning in.

But it struck me that at no other venue would that much of the crowd leave after the performer exits the stage for the first time.

Only at the fair, and only for a free show. Anyone seeing Niemann -- riding a streak of three straight No. 1 songs -- will pay for tickets next time.