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Maddie Poppe will play free concert in Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Cedar Rapids Market After Dark averages 30,000 people each year, but this year it could be even bigger. 

American Idol winner Maddie Poppe will put on a free concert at the event. 

Plans for the concert were in the works long before Poppe's Idol success. 

"We actually booked her in February of 2018, so earlier this year before we even knew she was on American Idol," says Melissa McCarville, Communications Manager at Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance. 

There was a slight concern Poppe would have to cancel her plans in Cedar Rapids if she won American Idol. 

"There was a moment we thought, oh if she wins we might have to re-adjust. We might need a plan b for someone for entertainment and it actually ended up working out that we contacted them and they said no we still really want to make this work," McCarville told us. 

It's something the economic alliance is very grateful for. 

They are working on plans to accommodate the potential for even larger crowds. 

"We're going to work with the city of Cedar Rapids and our police department and our fire department and really figure out how best and where best that location is going to be," McCarville  says. 

One thing is for sure, Poppe will take the stage somewhere in downtown Cedar Rapids on August 25th. 

She will perform at 6:30 p.m. 

The American Idol tour does not include any stops in Iowa. 
   

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