Little by little I have been listing the entertainment for area fairs this summer. The Appalachian Fair in Gray, Tenn., runs form Aug. 22-27. this is their 85th year for the event. It’s a six-day event filled with everything the family would ever want to do. Of course all the 4-H exhibits are there, and the young people are judged for everything form raising sheep and cows to making biscuits. Amusement rides, as always, some great country entertainment.
As for this year’s entertainment, here’s what we know about that one so far. It looks like the Appalachian Fair is going to have Frankie Ballard, Justin Moore, Jerrod Neimann, Thompson Square and Bradley Gaskin. I’m not sure which nights they will be there yet, but I think it is Frankie on Monday, Justin-Tuesday, Jerrod-Wednesday, Thompson Square-Thursday, Bradley on Saturday, and we’re still waiting for some definite word on Friday. I’ve seen Jerrod and Thompson Square before, and am looking forward to those shows this August. And of course, I love seeing acts for the first time.
The Washington County Fair in Abingdon, Va., will be held from Sept. 12-17. And it looks like they have their schedule complete. Monday night, Sept. 12, continues to be WXBQ Mystery Guest night. We never find out this early who that is going to be, but we always know before the fair starts, so we can make our plans to attend.
Tuesday, Sept. 13, is Mark Lowry; Wednesday The McClymonts. Wednesday, Sept. 15, we’ve got LoCash Cowboys. I am very excited to have the opportunity to see Preston and Chris again. Saw them recently in Kingsport, Tenn. and just don’t have enough room to say all the wonderful things I’d like to about these two.
On Thursday night, Steel Magnolia will take the stage at the fair in Abingdon. I’ve also have the pleasure of seeing these kids before, and they put on a great show! On Friday night, there will be a tribute band there. They are called “Satisfaction,” and of course there music is Rolling Stones. Rounding out the week in Abingdon, Jason Michael Carroll will take the stage on Saturday night.
Greene County Fair in Greeneville, Tenn., will be Aug. 8-13, 2011. They generally have one well-known country artist on their stage each year, and this year it will be Easton Corbin. That will be on Tuesday, Aug. 10, at 8 p.m. Easton had been scheduled to be at that fair last year, but apparently there was a scheduling conflict, and he cancelled.
I hope all of you are planning to attend fairs and music festivals all over the country this summer. And please remember, too, that it just isn’t possible for me to be everywhere – as much as I’d like to be. So please, when you see your favorite artist on the stage, send a picture over and we’ll be glad to post it here on Country’s Chatter!