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I survived Justin Bieber at the State Fair

From the Midnight Sun blog:

They should make T-shirts with that logo on it. I'd wear one, and I'll bet half the parents who were at the Maryland State Fairgrounds for Bieber-mania would, too.

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Bieber fever is real, folks. My ears still hurt from all the screaming. And I woke up with his hit "Baby" stuck in my head.

I had two stories in Monday's paper, a scene piece about people at the fair, and a Bieber concert review.

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For some reason, Bieber kept dashing off back stage between songs and then reappearing a minute or two later. Meanwhile, an a capella group would sing some pop hits, or the video screens would display a montage of Bieber photos and video. Then he would pop back out -- sometimes in a new outfit, sometimes not -- and play another song. It felt like Bieber was a guest at his own show. Bieber sang most of his songs, and lip-synched one or two ...

Of course, none of this mattered to the throng of 12,500 shrieking teenagers and their parents. They were pumped just to be in the same zip code as the pop phenom.

This wasn't my best review (due to print deadlines, I only had 30 minutes to write it), but at least it's finished. If you were at the fair Sunday, I was the dude sitting on the grass to the side, hunched over a laptop, furiously typing. I would have written more on my phone, but it got cold around 9:30 p.m., and it was hard for me to hit the little buttons with frigid fingers.

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