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The Times
  • From rodeo to Nashville star, FrogFest draws thousands

  • Ashlee Miller was one of 2,500 people to crowd around the rodeo at the Herkimer County Fairgrounds Saturday.

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  • Ashlee Miller was one of 2,500 people to crowd around the rodeo at the Herkimer County Fairgrounds Saturday.
    But when asked why she traveled 50 miles from Constableville to get there, rodeo came second.
    “Justin Moore? Hello!” Miller, 27, said about the Nashville star. “And rodeo.”
    Big Frog 104’s 25th annual FrogFest drew thousands to the fairgrounds throughout the day and featured the rodeo, 40 food and merchandise vendors, a mechanical bull and several local and national country bands.
    Even with so much going on, it was hard not to focus on the smell of barbecue in the air.
    “I’ve seen a lot of people walk by, and I’m hoping people are going to get hungry sooner or later,” said Jason Smith, 35, who brought his town of Madison catering business, Cowboy BBQ, to the event for the first time.
    Smith was armed with 350 pounds of pork and brisket and 300 chicken halves.
    “I’m looking to expand my business, and you have to go big or go home,” he said.
    Tickets ranged from $20 to $25 and included admission to all aspects of the event.
    Rebecca Stollman, however, was happy to ignore the rodeo and everything else as she stood by the stage long before any bands came on.
    She’s seen Moore perform so many times, she lost count.
    “It’s somewhere between the 20th and 25th show,” she said. “I love Justin.”
    The 40-year-old Binghamton woman arrived at 8 a.m. so she could be as close to the stage as possible when Moore went on at 6 p.m.
    “When he gets up on stage, he just lights up,” she said. “He’s just very energetic and he gives the audience what you paid for, and then some.”
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