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Country music star brings show to UC

Country music star brings show to UC
Country music star brings show to UC | Craig Morgan

MEET AND GREET — Hope Burt, 15, of Union City, was all smiles as country music star Craig Morgan posed with her for a picture at the Obion County fairgrounds about 7 p.m. Saturday. Miss Burt was among a throng of fans who waited in line for his autograp
By JOHN BRANNON
Messenger Staff Reporter
About 6:50 p.m. Saturday, at the Obion County Fairgrounds, country music star Craig Morgan emerged from a monster bus with a smile on his face, his right hand extended to greet Robin Wood of Union City.
Wood, owner of Wood Com-munication and CornFest vice president, ushered Morgan to a “Meet and Greet” session with fans just prior to an evening performance by Morgan and the Steven Whitson band.
The performance was the final of several events in the local CornFest celebration.
Morgan, 40, said he has spent many a day and night on road trips to faraway places to perform for fans. California, New York, the Carolinas. These, and more. “I was on the road 280 days last year,” he said.
In fact, the bus that brought him to the fairgrounds — a 1995 Prevost — was once owned by Naomi Judd and her daughter, Wynonna Judd.
But a road trip to take the country music message to New York? “Sure. In upstate New York they’re crazy about country music,” he said. “I really enjoyed it.”
Morgan is married. He and his wife, Karen, have four children. As you might imagine, the days not spent on the road are spent with his family.
While he was at the fairgrounds, Morgan made some inmates from the Obion County Law Enforcement Complex happy by autographing their white T-shirts. A guard accompanied the inmates at all times.
“We’re here to provide security,” inmate Lawrence Winters quipped as he and inmate Anton Jernigan showed their T-shirts that had been autographed by Morgan, band leader Steven Whit-son, and Miss CornFest Victoria Green of Jackson.
Morgan said that in addition to his music career, he’s a devotee of Enduro motorcycle racing, and that he was planning on attending a race Sunday morning. Wood said the CornFest, formerly Fall Fest, arranged the appearance of Morgan and Whitson. “We had about 30 sponsors overall, and we could not have put this on this festival without their help,” Wood said. “This was our first Corn Fest. A lot of fun activities such as corn shucking contest and the bed race. We had fun, and we learned some things, and we’re looking forward to CornFest No. 2 next year. We appreciate the sponsors and everyone who attended the various events.”
Published in The Messenger 10.01.07

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