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Writer offers a tip for fans who still want Garth Brooks tickets

Country music star Garth Brooks kicks off his Garth Brooks World Tour at the Allstate Arena on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in Rosemont, Ill.
Country music star Garth Brooks kicks off his Garth Brooks World Tour at the Allstate Arena on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in Rosemont, Ill. Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP

I’d like to offer a Public Service Announcement to all the disappointed fans who didn’t get tickets to one of Garth Brooks’ upcoming Mid-State Fair shows. Relax, take a deep breath, and enjoy the show … because with very little effort, you will get in.

All it takes is patience. It’s often estimated that half of a venue’s initial ticket sales now go to resellers, spread all over the U.S. and even the world. But time is their enemy, and time is your friend. If you’re rich, then sure, go ahead and buy yours now for those outrageous mark-ups. But the closer it gets to the shows, the more the prices will drop, and there will be tons of supply.

I can’t emphasize this enough: With 30,000 Garth tickets out there, and the small population base of the Central Coast, you’re in the driver’s seat, not the scalpers. Trust me; I’ve been doing this (buying, not scalping) for 45 years. Make your plans for the fair, and buy your Garth tickets the day of the show. If you’re really brave, just go down to the fair with nothing in hand. It doesn’t matter. I’ll get in for face value an hour before showtime, even picking from several different locations … and you should, too. See you there!

Pete Howard, San Luis Obispo

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