KENNEWICK -- They call themselves "fair survivors" because they will weather any storm to get front-row concert seats at the Benton Franklin Fair.
It didn't matter that the wind was cold, the skies cloudy and rain threatened.
The almost dozen people camped out in front of the fairgrounds office Thursday were waiting for those tickets to go on sale this morning.
Some had been there since Tuesday, including Smokey Bishop, 32, of Kennewick. "It's worth the wait to get front-row seats for the Kenny Rogers show," he said.
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Bishop said this will be his first time seeing Rogers live. And he doesn't care how much botched cosmetic surgery Rogers has had over the years, giving him a plastic look.
"How he looks these days doesn't really matter," Bishop said. "I like his music and he still sounds the same."
Bishop's friend, Myron Traeger, and his mother Verna, both of Richland, also are big Rogers fans. The mother/son duo also brought along Queenie, her miniature Pomeranian, for the camping adventure.
"We really like Kenny Rogers' music, like The Gambler and Lucille," Myron Traeger said. "We got here around 2 p.m. Tuesday."
The group brought blankets, chairs, an umbrella and a cooler full of food to get through the cold and windy nights, he said.
Kathie Lloyd, 49, and her nephew Brenden Sparhawk, 12, both of Kennewick, arrived Thursday.
"I did this last year, too," Lloyd said. "I buy the good seats for all the fair's concerts."
Brenden was more than happy to tough it out with his aunt for a couple days, but with good reason. Lloyd had parked her motorhome in the parking lot so she and Brenden could rest warmly and comfortably at night.
D.B. "Sticks" Thompson, 57, is an old hand at spending the night at the fairgrounds. He said he's been doing it for 13 years because he likes to get his hands on the good seats.
"I'm buying tickets for Bret Michaels and Blue Oyster Cult," Thompson said. "I've seen BOC before but never Michaels."
Thompson is a local musician who has played with various blues bands.
There's always good camaraderie among the campers each year and that helps pass the time, but this year has definitely been the coldest, Thompson added.
Despite the rotten weather, Bishop said, it's worth the wait when you can get a front-row seat to a good concert for $27 -- That's $15 for the reserved seat plus the $12 fair admission.