SOUTH BEND A beautiful, sunny day combined with an all-star lineup of country music stars made for another successful birthday for B100.
Fans flooded the St. Joseph County 4-H Fairgrounds Sunday afternoon. More than 30,000 fans attended the radio station’s 18th birthday celebration that featured a lineup of Andy Gibson, Steel Magnolia, Randy Houser, Kix Brooks and headliners Lonestar.
Some people had even camped out since Friday night, according to B100 personality Cody Austin of Cody and Deb in the Morning.
“Not only has it just become a great festival for our country fans,” Austin said of the event, “it’s become a community staple.”
“It’s exciting,” added Aimee Meier, account executive for B100. “There’s so much anticipation leading up to it.”
It’s not just the fans who have a great time, though. Richie McDonald, lead singer of Lonestar, said the event means just as much to the bands.
For McDonald, the best part about the event is playing a song and having the crowd sing louder than the band. “We appreciate (the fans) because they appreciate us,” he said.
“Kudos to B100,” he added.
This year’s birthday party was especially significant, as all proceeds from the $5 parking charge will benefit South Bend’s Center for the Homeless and the Robert L. Miller Sr. Veteran’s Center.