Taylor Swift played Lehigh Acres, Florida concert for free in 2007

Taylor Swift crashed Ticketmaster last week when millions of fans tried to buy tickets for her upcoming new tour. Some paid thousands of dollars for concert seats — while many others were left tearful and empty-handed.

But way back in 2007? Swift was just an up-and-coming country singer when she played the annual Lehigh Spring Festival in Southwest Florida. And tickets for that March 17 show were absolutely free.

Fest entertainment director Debbie Jackson — who helped book the future pop superstar — watched the concert while working her hot-dog stand for the nine-day festival at Lehigh Acres’ Veterans Park.

“It was awesome!” Jackson recalls. “She sang every song that was on her first album. And they ended up being all hits.”

News-Press photographer Amanda Inscore shot pictures of the concert and quickly became a fan herself.

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