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Crystal Bowersox Keeps the Beat at Green Street Fair

American Idol runner-up headlines downtown festival.

It might be fitting that Crystal Bowersox's organic, stripped-down acoustic set Saturday capped the second day of the at in downtown Plymouth.

The folksy 2010 American Idol runner-up, promoting her album Farmer's Daughter, was the main draw Saturday. The fair, which concludes today with events from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., focuses on green-friendly initiatives and organic goods.

Taking the stage with her bandmates about 5 p.m., Bowersox opened with a cover of Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth." Her sound was raw and soulful as audience members danced and swayed to the music.

Nearby, attendees enjoyed a petting zoo and environmentally conscious activities and exhibits or sampled organic treats.

For some in attendance, the free concert was a family affair.

George Bowersox of Northville, who said he is a distant relative to the musician, attended with his wife, Danna and sons Nick and Ted. The couple's third son, Zack, was not in attendance. Holding up a sign that said "We R 5 Bowersox Too," George said he grew up in Clyde, OH, "just a town over" from where the singer was raised in Ohio and the two are distant cousins.

George said his family was celebrating Mother's Day and came just to see the music.

"We just came here for Crystal," he said. "It's a better way to spend Mother's Day than just sitting around the house."

Jean Kalish of Livonia said she and her family also came for the music.

"It's awesome," she said. "It's wonderful."

Kalish said she followed Bowersox during her American Idol run.

"She's really putting on a good show," she said, "She's giving it her everything."

Renee Smith of Ypsilanti came with her parents and said her favorite song from Saturday was the cover of Janis Joplin's "Me and Bobby McGee."

"I like all her music," she said. "She's phenomenal."

Singer and songwriter Sista Otis, who has lived in Westland and Livonia, opened for Bowersox and raved afterwards about the festival and its message.

"It's the perfect example of Middle America and what it means to come together in the name of the purest things," she said.

The Green Street Fair's is at noon today.

For a full list of exhibitors and event highlights, visit www.greenstreetfair.com.

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