Clarksville welcomes Maddie Poppe home

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BUTLER COUNTY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- American Idol finalist Maddie Poppe came home to an extra warm welcome and some special gifts.

Clarksville Mayor Val Swinton presents a proclamation to Maddie Poppe, announcing that Tuesday, May 15, 2018 is "Maddie Poppe Day." (Jordee Kalk/KCRG-TV9)

Clarksville Mayor Val Swinton proclaimed Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 as "Maddie Poppe Day." Maddie then jokingly told students they didn't have to go to school, and no one had to work.

Business owners even made her special gifts, including merchandise from Pink Daisy Boutique, which Maddie said she's always wanted, and a handmade quilt from Prairie Rose Fabrics owner Holly Fokkena.

“This was predestined because this was the last quilt sample I made myself, and it has poppies," Fokkena said.

After the mayor presented the proclamation to Maddie, the town shut down Main Street for her own parade. Part of the parade included students from the Clarksville Community School District carrying signs. Some students said they worked hard on their sign’s message.

“We made these signs because we want to cheer on Maddie Poppe so we can give her encouragement to win.”

Maddie visited the high school where she graduated and even performed a song earlier in the day.

"Maddie Poppe Day" wrapped up with a concert at the Butler County Fairgrounds in Allison — where Maddie says she got her start.

Officials said Maddie's performance broke the fairgrounds’ attendance record.

Maddie performed five songs during her concert Tuesday night, including one with her dad, who taught her how to play guitar.

For Maddie it was another chance to sing at home, remembering her roots as she expands her audience.

Maddie is one of three finalists on ABC's American Idol and will perform in the finale at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 20. You will again be able to vote for your favorite here. The results will be announced live at 8 p.m. Monday, May 21.

You may watch the two day finale live here on KCRG-TV9. And don't forget to vote!