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Thousands attend Maddie Poppe's homecoming: 'She's very authentic, real'

There was a parade in Maddie Poppe's hometown of Clarksville on Tuesday, followed by a free concert at the Butler County Fairgrounds in Allison.

Posted: May 16, 2018 12:36 AM
Updated: May 16, 2018 6:13 AM

CLARKSVILLE, Iowa - A small town girl is making it big in Hollywood.

On Tuesday, Maddie Poppe was home to visit those who have been there for her since the beginning.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Clarksville waiting for their hometown star.

"When she sings she pulls on your heart strings. She's got a voice like no other," Dan Doty, of Clarksville, said.

Her support goes far behone the small North Iowa town. People from all over traveled to see her in person because they think she could win "American Idol."

"She's very authentic, real," Emily Hesseltine, of North Liberty, said, "and that's what Iowa is all about, is being real."

Pam Whipple, of Hampton, said she thought Maddie would win since the very beginning.

"Because she has a unique voice. Her voice is different," Whippe said. "There's country singers and there's the rockstar but she has her own voice. I mean, it's awsome."

She's a girl not only known for her voice, but the example she shows for others.

"It makes me think that a lot of people can do that," Norah Poppe, a 10-year-old from Waverly, said. "That like everybody that wants to do it, they have a chance."

After the parade in Clarksville, the fun continued at the Butler County Fairgrounds in Allison with a concert.

There was anticipation as the crowd waited and chanted Maddie's name.

When she finally made it on stage, the crowd erupted. She sang the song she tried out for the show with, 'Rainbow Connection.'

However, her life has not been all rainbows. Maddie took a minute to reflect on a time that wasn't so bright.

"There were a lot of days when I was just, I mean, I was just straight up depressed," Poppe said. "I was and I'm not afraid to say that."

Before going back to college, she tried out for the show that would change her life and thanked the crowd for making her dreams coming true.

"You guys have been there through it all," Poppe said, "you all have, really."

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds was also in attendance, and announced she'd be signing a proclamation on Wednesday.

The proclamation would make this upcoming Sunday "Maddie Poppe Day," as a reminder for people to vote for the young Iowan as she sings in the finale.

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