Aerial shot of the 2023 Railbird Festival and a screenshot of the kiss in question
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The Internet is Obsessed With This Country Music Festival Love Story

An Instagram-worthy kiss at a Kentucky country music festival led to a viral mystery solved by internet sleuths.

Cincinnati, Ohio radio personality Natalie Jones met a man named Cole at Lexington, Kent.'s Railbird Festival (held June 3-4 at the Red Mile racetrack) while in line to get an ice-cold beer, and things escalated to the point that the perfect strangers shared a sweet, Instagrammable kiss. The sparks ended there, with the couple getting separated in the crowd and never exchanging contact information or learning all that much about each other.

Jones' co-workers at Q102-FM asked internet sleuths for help by posting a photo of the kiss on Facebook. Three days later, Jones' Hawaiian shirt-wearing Casanova was found and invited to appear on air in an attempt to further spark a potential romance.

"I got that vibe when she moved in at first and I was kind of like 'whatever, I can be that guy'," he told the station. "We introduced ourselves, she told me what she did and then I told her what I did, a little bit of conversation about other things, she told me she was buying my drinks, and I was like, 'ah I don't know'."

He described the kiss as "definitely a moment" and confessed to looking Jones up online.

Cole is single, but he lives in a different state than Jones. When asked on air if he'd consider pursuing a long-distance relationship, he responded with "I mean I've never attempted this far."

Jones measured her glass as half-full at that moment, observing "that's not a no."

Cole further left the door open for a romantic reconnection, admitting that "we look really good together."

Per a press release, this year's Railbird Festival featured headliners Zach Bryan and Tyler Childers as well as Weezer, Sheryl Crow, Marcus Mumford, Whiskey Myers, Charley Crockett and more.

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