Glitz, glamour-and perhaps glitter as well-will take the stage Monday for the first night of the 2014 Town and Country Days. The annual festival always offers great entertainment at a reasonable price, and their 2014 offering, Aug. 11-6, is no different. It begins with a night of pageantry on Monday. Little Miss, Pre-Teen, Miss Teen, and Queen's pageants begin at 6:30 p.m., after the grand opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. The Prince and Princess Contest is held at 5 p.m.
For those who do not wish to partake in the above-mentioned formalities, they can head down to the track where the Demolition Derby will rev up beginning Monday night at 7:30 p.m. Other track activities include Youth MotoCross Tuesday, 7 p.m.; Adult MotoCross, Wednesday, 7 p.m.; 4x4 Truck and Tractor Pulls, Thursday, 7 p.m.; ATV Drag Races, Friday, 6 p.m.; and 4x4 Mud Bog, Saturday, 1 p.m.
There will also be plenty of musical entertainment for fair-goers beginning Tuesday night when Ryan Cain and the Ables perform at 7 and 8:30 p.m.
Formed in 2011, this band from Clarksburg, W.Va., plays traditional rockabilly/hillbilly and western swing music. In late 2012, the group released a CD titled "My Pistol Rides Shotgun," a collection of songs written by Ryan Cain. "My Pistol Rides Shotgun" was recorded at Zone 8 studios in Granville, W.Va., and produced by Mark Poole. The CD has received extensive radio airplay and charted on the Roots 66 chart, the Roots Music Report Chart, and in December 2012 was a most added CD on the Americana chart.
In addition to original songs, a Ryan Cain and the Ables show is a history lesson on the early influences of rock and roll. Equally versed in guitar, stand up bass, and piano, Cain covers music from Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Eddie Cochran, Elvis Presley, and a whole lot more. The Ables perform much more than a concert, it is a musical journey paying tribute to the pioneers of rock and roll, rockabilly, and early country music.
The Joseph Sisters, who performed at the Gaslight Theater in Sistersville in June, will return to the local area for a Wednesday performance, 8:30 p.m. Local favorite Hundred Miles From Nowhere will open for them at 7 p.m.
The Joseph Sisters country/soul band singing group are a result of their strong family upbringing in Wheeling, W.Va. The girls have been performing together for about 15 years. Marybeth is the oldest, followed by Jamie and then Shalyn.
Friday's entertainment, while perhaps not instantly recognizable by name to the general public, will bring a familiar face to the stage at 8:30 p.m. Teddy Gentry and Rockit City includes co-founding member and bassist of the legendary country Alabama. Each member of Rockit City has success in their own right, but when Charles English, Chip Davis, Jimmy Stewart, and Billie Davis were brought into a recording studio, magic was the outcome. The band's latest additions of Trenicia Butler, Mike Pyle, and Eddie Bell has only added to the band's momentum.
Opening for Rockit City will be the Jeff Ray Band at 7 p.m.
Trick Pony will headline the fair, closing out festivities on Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. Many country music fans will undoubtedly remember Trick Pony from their hits "Pour Me," "On a Night Like This," "Just What I Do," and "On a Mission" that filled radio airwaves in the 2000s. You might even remember them performing at Town and Country Days in 2005, the year before the members went their separate ways.
Not once did the thought cross their minds that they would someday unite. But seven years later, Heidi Newfield and Keith Burns, two of the founding members of the hit-making group, are now creating music that they feel "fate was just waiting to present."
"I think the new music is going to be better that anything we've done in the past," said Burns. "There's a reason for everything, including why we split up. We were both able to do exactly what we wanted to do at the time, but it has brought me and Heidi back to what we were passionate about, and that's making music together."
Opening for Trick Pony will be the 11/70 Band, taking the stage at 7 p.m. Also, prior to 11/70, at 6:30 p.m., the winners of the Sing Off (to be held Thursday evening) will perform for the crowd who will no doubt enjoy the newly cemented seating area, making walking easier and giving a level space for lawn chairs.
As is traditional, Thursday is Senior Day, with those age 65 and up admitted free until 1 p.m. At the Mollohan center a free picnic lunch will be served, followed by entertainment by The Gracemen and the awarding of the Outstanding Citizen of the Year at 2 p.m. Also on that day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., they will be holding a non-perishable food drive for local pantries.
Daily there are commercial, home, livestock, and produce exhibits; Bingo; a fun horse show at 6 p.m.; and drawing for door prizes at 9 p.m. Saturday morning also features children's games and a kids' casting contest.
Deshler Amusements will provide carnival rides and games all week long. All the rides are included with the price of admission, except the fun house and and side shows are an additional charge.
Inflation has not hit Town and Country Days as admission for ages five and up remains at $8 per day, Monday through Thursday, and $9 on Friday and Saturday. Season passes are available for $30.