Thousands celebrate 20th New Albany Classic


About 15,000 people attended the 20th Annual New Albany Classic, Sunday.

Families could take their children to a petting zoo, ride on slides and experience live entertainment on stage.

When gates opened at 10:00 a.m., a handful of people rushed to the main stage to pick their spot for the 3:00 p.m. Nick Jonas concert.

Saeed Corbett arrived at 3:00 a.m. to wait in line. So did Carla Vasquez.

"There was nobody here," she said. "It was super dark."

Some might call waiting in the hot sun for hours crazy, but they don't.

"I go to a lot of concerts," Corbett said. "You got to get here early before everyone else if you want to get a good seat."

"Yeah, I've done this too many times, actually," Vasquez said. "[I'm] surprised I haven't gotten tired of it."

Kristi Cooper and her daughters, 10-year-old Lexi and 13-year-old Franki, have been coming to the Classic the last 10 years.

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"It is the world's best family event," Cooper said. "[It's] Columbus' best kept secret."

For mom, it's a chance to make new memories every year.

"We just say Chewy and Darth Vader and got a selfie with them," she said. "It's the best."

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A family outing 10 years in the making that will carry on for years to come.