Monday, May 28 is the last day to register for the lottery to meet stars in Fan Fair Hall during the 2012 CMA Music Festival. The Country Music Association has said they may extend the deadline to allow fans the opportunity select artists that had not been confirmed when the selection process began on May 14. However, CMA has not made an official statement that the deadline will be extended, so we’re operating under the assumption that the cut-off date for registering will be Monday.
Some of the stars included in this drawing are Brantley Gilbert, Craig Campbell, Craig Morgan, David Nail, Easton Corbin, Jerrod Niemann, Joe Nichols, Josh Thompson, Josh Turner, Justin Moore, Martina McBride, Montgomery Gentry, The Band Perry, surprise artist(s), and more.
Fans are given two options – registering as an individual or registering for themselves and a friend. If a person registers as an individual, they may also register for themselves and a friend. People who are selected will have to pick up wristbands the day before the scheduled signing.
People will be notified on Friday, June 1 which artists there were selected to get to meet. The CMA said they would notify people either way, so fans will know which artists they are guaranteed to meet. At this time, there is no definitive answer on whether there will be hopeful lines at this year’s CMA Music Fest. According to Chris Young’s web site, he is going to have a hopeful line when he signs. People standing in a hopeful line are not guaranteed autographs, but will be allowed to meet Young if time permits after everyone with a wristband from the lottery has gone through.
During Q & A sessions, the CMA said there may not be a second round as previously thought, as they are waiting for more artists to confirm. Some fans expressed a concern they may not be able to print confirmations if the deadline was extended because they would be en route to Nashville. The CMA tried to ease those concerns by reassuring fans there would be computers available on-site.
The CMA has also said there will be numerous opportunities on-site to meet, so people who have not been selected to meet their favorite artist should not be discouraged. Also, not all artists will be included in the lottery. CMA encourages fans to come in Fan Fair Hall, even if they do not have a wristband.