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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Hey T Swift, This Family has Been Staked Out Since 4:30 a.m. Hoping to Meet You

Posted By on Wed, Jun 3, 2015 at 3:17 PM

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These people aren't just regular Taylor Swift fans. They're dedicated.

This father-daughter duo from Medina, sporting custom-made Taylor Swift cheerleading outfits, has been waiting outside of the Scene office on Bolivar Road, next to Quicken Loans Arena, since 4:45 a.m. They're hoping to see or meet the pop icon on her way to perform at the Q tonight.

“We’ve seen her a whole bunch of times,” father and Swift fan Rob Hixenbaugh, 45, said. His daughter Ava (12) says she’s been a fan of the songstress since she was 6 years old. “She’s a great inspiration for young girls,” he said.

Though this is the first time the pair have waited before dawn to catch a glimpse of Swift, this wouldn't be the first time Ava has met her idol.

The last time T. Swift played the Q, Ava and her dad made sure she was front and center, snagging the attention of Swift’s mother Andrea Finlay.

“It was a pretty big deal. Her (Swift’s) mom picked Ava up and set her on stage,” Medina-native Hixenbaugh said. “Taylor sang to her, and then afterward, her mom came up to me and said ‘I’d like my daughter to meet your daughter.’”

The moment was caught on film by Hixenbaugh and ended up going viral, with Fox News, Perez Hilton and Cleveland.com all picking up the story.

“That had been her dream for years. We were dressed up, and she was ready,” he said of meeting Swift.

The Hixenbaughs are dressed up again in matching blue, yellow and white Taylor Swift cheer leading uniforms they had made, waiting to be noticed for a second time.

“We got all dressed up and we’re just having a father-daughter day together,” the proud dad said.

Ava Hixenbaugh met Taylor Swift for the first time in 2013 at the Quicken Loans Arena. - ROB HIXENBAUGH
  • Rob Hixenbaugh
  • Ava Hixenbaugh met Taylor Swift for the first time in 2013 at the Quicken Loans Arena.
Ava Hixenbaugh met Taylor Swift for the first time in 2013 at the Quicken Loans Arena. - ROB HIXENBAUGH
  • Rob Hixenbaugh
  • Ava Hixenbaugh met Taylor Swift for the first time in 2013 at the Quicken Loans Arena.

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