Entry: One Year Ago Today Thursday, August 10, 2006

8/10/05--Oklahoma native and "American Idol" Carrie
Underwood (far right) join Gov. Brad Henry and First
Lady Kim Henry in unveiling a replica of one of four
state highway signs honoring the country music star.
The Henrys presented the sign to Underwood during a
Wednesday news conference at the State Capitol.

Photo at left reprinted with permission from Office of
Governor Brad Henry

It's hard to believe, but it was one year ago today that Carrie attended the
ceremony at the Oklahoma State Capital in which Governor Henry honored her as
Oklahoma's No. 1 ambassador. Later that evening, Carrie performed with American
Idols Live! in what was her first post-Idol concert in Oklahoma. Here's the story
which was originally posted at CarrieNEWS on August 10, 2005.


Story: KOCO - ABC5 Oklahoma City

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5,000 fans at fair for Underwood country hits


The newest star to shine from "American Idol" performed to a packed grandstand Wednesday night at the Sioux Empire Fair.

Carrie Underwood, last year's winner of the popular Fox musical talent show, provided fans with a repertoire of original and cover songs, fast-paced and slow.

The rising country music star's down-to-earth personality attracted some to the concert.

"Being on 'American Idol' and being from Oklahoma, she's an everyday person," said Andy Young, 29, a Marine Reservist of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., who attended with his sister, Amy Barr, and her sleeping 5-month-old son of Sioux Falls. "She probably would have never done it if she hadn't gotten that chance."

Underwood lured 5,060 fans to the grandstand, Fair Manager Matt Adamski said.

Wilmot native Greg Hanson and his band, The Backroads, opened before Underwood hit the stage.

Wearing jeans and a dark-colored T-shirt with purple flowers, Underwood explained why her long blonde hair was in pigtails.

"Frankly, it's humid out," she said. "A girl's got to do what a girl's got to do. ... Now is when I wish I had somebody to do my hair and makeup."

Ryan Jons of Huron maneuvered to get a photo of the petite singer. He was celebrating his 21st birthday with friends.

Teens and middle-schoolers were excited to see one of their favorite performers live.

Becky Kirkland and Danielle Klarenbeek of Alvord, Iowa, singled out "Jesus Take the Wheel" as their favorite.

Conner DeBoer, 11, of Brandon; her sister, Devin, 15; and Aryn Hollaren, 12, of Garretson wore straw cowboy hats. Devin carried the singer's signed photo.

"I like 'Inside Your Heaven' because that's the song she sang when she won," Conner said.


Source: Sioux Falls Argus Leader


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