I really hate crowds. Back in 2004, we went to the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee. A lot of soap stars go to it nowadays. I didn't see any when we went though. The CMA Music Festival was great, but it was so hot and I was pregnant with my oldest. I was extremely tired and nauseous. I took a nap through Rascal Flatts. That's how crappy I felt. It wasn't the greatest trip.
Fan events just draw so many people. Autograph lines are crazy. Crowd control products to keep people in an orderly line is a definite necessity. Many of the lines we were in used stanchions to keep people from straying. There are many different types of stanchions: velvet ropes, retractable belts, etc. More stanchion types are being developed all the time. Some of the belts even have printing on them.
Driving in Nashville wasn't too bad though. We stayed at a Holiday Inn on the main drag just up the street from the Cumberland River where the main events were. The only time we drove was when we went over to the Grand Ole Opry to see Lorrie Morgan perform. She was excellent! Sammy Kershaw even joined her at the end for a duet.
When we did drive, barricades were a pretty common site. The ones we saw were for traffic control, but barricades are also used for security and privacy. There are different types of barricades: fence barricades, traffic cones, pipe and drape walls, etc.
Maybe when the little ones are older, I'll make it back to the CMA Music Festival, so that I can actually enjoy it. It's definitely on the bucket list of trips I would like to take.