Come sunrise Saturday, Jeana Doyle can say she weathered swirling snow and soggy beds, stomached coolers full of junk food, and parried successfully with cranky passersby.
And for what?Only "the best country music concert this year," of course.
Doyle and 10 other people have homesteaded at the Huntsman Center since Monday for front-row tickets (that won't sell until Saturday) to see country music sensation the Judds.
Even freezing springtime temperatures haven't kept the concertgoers from their 24-hour vigil.
"If you want it bad enough, you'll do it," Doyle said.
Wanting it "bad enough" might be difficult to understand if you're not a fan of the famous duet. But try.
You see, Naomi Judd - the elder half of the mother-daughter duo - announced last fall that she'll retire after one last tour. She's been diagnosed with chronic hepatitis and doesn't have the energy to perform.
"This is it. I'm gonna bawl. It's their farewell tour," Doyle said. "There's no way I'd miss it."
About 30 people each day ask the group what they're doing. "Some think we're crazy - I guess we're just true country fans," she said.
Huntsman Center workers won't open ticket windows until Saturday at 7 a.m., and the Judds don't play until May 11.
Regardless, Doyle and people she's met at other concert "camp outs" take turns waiting in line so those who have to work can leave.
Utah County resident Debra Thompson asked her boss for three days off to camp unhindered.
"People wonder how you get such good tickets - well, this is how," she said.
Part of the group sleeps in a tent and others bed down in sleeping bags underneath the roof overhang. Friends and family shuttle food to the campers.
When Mother Nature calls, Doyle and friends use facilities in the Huntsman Center or a nearby University of Utah building - but that's only before 11 p.m. After that deadline, the fans use "whatever's available," Thompson said.
Rules, sometimes unspoken, govern the waiting:
- Make sure your name is on the list - which in this camp is a long yellow piece of paper with red ink smeared all over. The list lets everyone know who got in line first. That's important, especially when late comers start meandering into camp Friday night.
- Don't let professional ticket scalpers bully you around. If unchecked, they'll crowd into line and snap up front-row seats in a hurry.
- Remember, if you're waiting in line for country music tickets, don't play rock-and-roll from a radio.
- Somebody from your "group" must be at camp 24 hours a day in order to guarantee a place in line.
Not everyone is required to sleep overnight, just those who want the front seats.
"My friends will take what I give them," Dani Diaz said. "If they want front-row tickets, they can sleep out with us."
It's all worth it, the campers say, including the $20 to $35 ticket price.
"I would have paid $100 to see this one," one said.