The Blue Crew turned onto Aversboro Road, GMHS flag flying and horns honking. Families waved handmade posters with sayings like "Go Scotty Go" and "Our American Idol." Crowds began screaming at any sign of flashing lights.
The Hopkins family traveled from Tarboro to see the top three contestant.
"I think he's great," Michelle Hopkins said.
Her nine-year-old son, Hunter, wore a badge of honor. The Lowes Foods where Scotty still has a job as cashier sold Scotty nametags while fans waited for McCreery to arrive for an appearance before a parade.
Fans traveled from all over to see their "Idol" favorite. Laura Zurawski came from New Jersey to be a part of the experience of the hometown tour.
"You don't get to see an American Idol everyday," she said. "I'm not a big country fan and I think he's fabulous."
Laura was not the only fan. Country Musician Josh Turner also showed up on stage and sang a duet with the celebrity Garner crooner.