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Talon Winery says Luke Bryan's people have a solid plan for Farm Tour stop

Luke Bryan performed on his 2014 Farm Tour. The 2015 edition of the tour comes to Lexington's Talon Winery Oct. 1.
Luke Bryan performed on his 2014 Farm Tour. The 2015 edition of the tour comes to Lexington's Talon Winery Oct. 1.

Update: This show has been postponed until Tuesday. All the details are the same, it will just happen Tuesday.

If getting 20,000 Luke Bryan fans down the twisty, two-lane portion of Tates Creek Road that leads to the Talon Winery for an outdoor concert after two days of rain sounds like a nightmare to you, the winery's representative for Thursday night's show assures you that you are not the first person to think that.

"A lot of people have said that to me," says Kim Holtegel, Talon Winery & Vineyard's representative for the Luke Bryan Farm Tour. "We are really trying to help people not feel that way. Luke Bryan's people are dedicated to making this a great experience."

And, she says, the tour officials know what they are doing, having presented the farm tour for seven years, including this round, which plays eight dates starting last night in Fort Wayne, Ind., and continuing through Oct. 10 in Valdosta, Ga.

Thursday's Talon show is the tour's first-ever stop in Kentucky.

"They approached us," said Holtegel of Talon, which usually presents much smaller-scale attractions such as tours, wine tastings and events such as weddings and a series of intimate jazz concerts and other shows. "We were excited. We think its a privilege to be the first in Kentucky."

The concert site won't be familiar to most people who have been out to Talon for other events. Holtegel said it is a bit further into the property than most people go.

Stops on the tour range from event-oriented venues such as Talon to working farms selected by local scouts in areas the tour wants to stop.

Lexington Police have released a statement on traffic flow for the event.

"Please plan on heavy traffic and allow time to arrive at Talon well in advance of the show," the statement, released Tuesday, says. "Police will be monitoring the route to the winery, with officers controlling the traffic signals from Man O' War and Tates Creek Road out to the winery. Officers will be out on foot directing traffic at the entrance to the winery to assist with parking and traffic congestion.

"After the concert, exiting traffic will be directed inbound Tates Creek Road, and again, officers will be controlling the traffic signals from the winery inbound to New Circle Road to assist with traffic flow."

Gates to the winery will open at 2 p.m., and the police statement says motorists will not be allowed to line up on Tates Creek Road waiting for the gates to open.

The concert event site will open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 7 with openers including Peach Pickers, Chris Janson and Chancie Neal.

Holtegel says other important things for fans to know are:

■ Concessions are cash only; there will be ATMs on site.

■ Talon will be serving beer and wine; no alcohol can be brought on site.

■ Food is allowed in the parking area, but no grills are allowed. Food cannot be brought in the gated concert area. There will be a variety of food concessions.

■ Lawn chairs are allowed in designated areas

■ While she was not aware of a no umbrella rule, Holtegel suggested a hooded raincoat would be the best way to go, in case of rain.

"We're saying it's going to be sunny and 70," she says, when asked about the weather.

While she says fans should "bring patience," Holtegel says based on what she has seen, the event should go smoothly.

"This is a well-oiled machine," she says. "They coordinate everything, and between Luke Bryan's people and the police, they have a good plan. This should be a great event."

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