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Crowds flock to Tishomingo for Ole Red opening

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Crowds came to downtown Tishomingo Saturday for the grand opening of Blake Shelton's Ole Red restaurant. (KTEN) Crowds came to downtown Tishomingo Saturday for the grand opening of Blake Shelton's Ole Red restaurant. (KTEN)

TISHOMINGO, Okla. -- Blake Shelton's new Ole Red restaurant is the talk of the town in Tishomingo this weekend, and it got even louder Saturday night as the country music star hosted a free concert with some of his friends,  including John Conlee and Ronnie Milsap.

With up to 60,000 attending, people never would have guessed an event like this could happen in rural Oklahoma.

"Little towns like this there's a lot of coming together," said Fort Smith, Arkansas, resident Michelle Knight. "It's just exciting that something like this could happen here."

Local businesses have seen a major increase in sales over the weekend, with visitors coming in from all over the country.

"We're getting people from everywhere -- from California, Louisiana... just different states just coming in and out of our location here today," said Michaelle Gray of Murray on Main. "It's really pretty amazing to see the lengths that people go to see Blake Shelton and his friends."

But this is all familiar territory for one of the artists performing on Saturday night: Three Doors Down drummer Greg Upchurch is from Kingston, just 20 miles down the road. He said there's nowhere he'd rather be.

"I've been all over the world, and when i come back to Kingston, it's kind of like a heaven," he said. "I don't have any worries... I'm more relaxed than in any place in the world."

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