Reba McEntire Meets 200 Lucky – and Persistent – Fans
For the first time in 13 years, Reba McEntire was among the dozens of artists signing autographs and taking pictures with eager fans at the CMA Music Festival's Fan Fair Exhibit Hall. And there was one fan who might have been a bit too eager.
According to Nashville's Tennessean newspaper, rumors were swirling that on Thursday morning, while running to get in line to acquire the necessary wristband to meet Reba, someone had broken a wrist.
Potential injury aside, once Reba arrived in the afternoon, a deafening cheer roared through the exhibit hall, and throngs of fans who couldn't manage to get the required wristband crowded around Reba's booth, cameras raised in hopes of capturing a shot of the superstar.
Among the the 200 people guaranteed the opportunity to meet Reba were two best friends, Angela Rhyne and Jackie Adams from North Carolina. They stood in line outside the Nashville Convention Center overnight to experience what Rhyne called "a dream come true."
"I called my husband to tell him what we were doing and he said, 'Where the heck are you? Woodstock?'" Rhyne told the Tennessean.
"We would do almost anything for Reba," Adams added.
While Rhyne managed to snag one of the coveted wristbands, Adams wasn't so lucky -- at first. She was eight spaces off the mark, but managed to persuade a staff member to let her stay with her friend so they could meet Reba together. As the big moment arrived, Adams revealed that her palms had begun to sweat, while Rhyne wiped tears from her eyes.
"I am trying not to be a baby," Rhyne said. "I don't want to look like a big sap."
Some smiles, a Stetson hat signed, small talk exchanged -- and in two minutes it was all over. But after 13 hours waiting in line, the pair had met their idol.
"I was scared about meeting her," said Adams. "I waited so long, and I had all these visions of what it would be like. I wanted it to be perfect, and it was perfect. For those few seconds, she cared about us."