GREENVILLE - Scotty McCreery and Josh Turner played to a sold out crowd Sunday evening during the Great Darke County Fair, and for the first time, possibly ever, fans were asked to return to their seats during intermission, and remain there throughout Josh Turner’s set.
Brian Rismiller, Darke County Fairboard, cited safety concerns as he asked the fans who had gathered in the pit to be closer to the show, to return to their seats. Darke County Sheriff’s deputies assisted in maintaining crowd control as concert goers returned to their seats.
Scotty McCreery, American Idol season 10 winner, opened the show with fans pushing their way forward to see the country crooner, screaming his name, reaching for his hands, and hoping to catch his eye. It’s the life McCreery feels called to, he said, and he tries not to miss being anonymous because of that.
“I feel like this is where I’m supposed to be,” McCreery said in an interview before the concert. “I try not to miss that kind of stuff too much. Every now and again, when I’m out with family or a friend, I just want to chill, but the privacy’s just not really there anymore. It’s not a problem, I’d say, more so than just part of the job. I don’t get annoyed by it too much, but every now and then you want to be anonymous - everyone has good days and bad days.”
McCreery shared that it’s all about balance, and surrounding himself with a good crew, and the support of family and friends.
“There’s a lot going on with the road life and making music, school, friends, family - there’s a lot going on in life. One thing can’t take control of everything, you know, you have to try to balance everything, and give ample time to each thing,” McCreery stated. “It’s a challenge, but it’s a fun challenge, and one I’m glad to have, but you have to be aware of that.”
Creating balance sometimes means scaling back in one area, to be able to give time to other areas, like going from a full-time college student to a part-time college student due to a busy schedule of concert tours and making music, McCreery said. Along with balancing school, work and being a 20-year-old, is figuring out how to keep one’s faith strong.
“I think you can definitely do it [balance a star lifestyle with faith], and there’s plenty out there who do, but it doesn’t make good headlines,” McCreery commented. “It’s all in who you surround yourself with; I have a great crew around me, family and friends, they’re the same way. You can live a star lifestyle, and a religious, faith-based lifestyle as well, you just might not hear about it in the news.”
Religion is just part of the country star’s roots, and playing to sold-out crowds at county fairs helps to take him back, too, he said.
“We love it [playing county fairs],” McCreery said. “It’s the kind of thing that has more of a grassroots, hometown kind of feel. It’s where most of us came from, so it’s cool to get back and play for our people.”