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Town & County Days To Feature Joe Diffie

August 8, 2018
Wetzel Chronicle

No summer is complete without Town & Country Days, which will celebrate its 58th year Aug. 13-18 at the Wetzel County 4-H Grounds, outside of New Martinsville.

Big names will entertain the masses this year, as Craig Campbell will cap off Friday's festivities, and Joe Diffie will take the stage Saturday night.

Diffie is a legendary singer and a multi-platinum-selling artist known for hit songs such as "Pickup Man," "Third Rock from the Sun," and "John Deere Green." There is no doubt he will have the crowd singing as Town & Country Days closes up for 2018.

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Diffie has 13 albums and more than 20 Top 10 singles. He has written hits for Tim McGraw, Conway Twitty, and Jo Dee Messina. He also has a bluegrass album to his name, as well as a 2013 single called "Girl Ridin' Shotgun," a response to singer Jason Alden's Diffie-cited "1994." Diffie is a Grammy and ACM award-winner. He is a member of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for more than 20 years. He will take the stage at Town & Country Days Aug. 14, 9 p.m.

The star-studded entertainment doesn't begin and end with Diffie, however. Craig Campbell will bring his hits such as "Keep Them Kisses Comin," "Fish," and "Family Man," to the Town & Country Days stage on Friday, Aug. 17 at 9 p.m.

Tracing Campbell's career back to 2010, the songs "Family Man," and "Outta My Head," both made the Top 15 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart. "Fish" snagged more than 10 million on-demand streams, while "Keep Them Kisses Comin' was a Top 10 hit. According to, Rolling Stone, Taste of Country, and other publications praised "Outskirts of Heaven," as a "spiritual high-water mark." The song is sure to tug at listeners' heartstrings.

Craig Campbell's latest release is an EP titled "See You Try." It features seven songs, including the strong and sweet "Outskirts of Heaven."

Diffie and Campbell are certainly not the only talent to be on display at this year's Town & Country Days. Corey Hager will open for Craig Campbell, while Jake Binegar will open for Diffie.

Hager, set to take the stage Friday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m., launched into the music scene with a debut album in 2015. He performed more than 150 shows and opened for names such as Sam Hunt, Luke Combs, Diffie, Easton Corbin, Chase Bryant, and more.

Hager's latest release is "Wanna Be Country" and can be found on iTunes, Spotify, and other digital retailers. Hager also has physical CDs for purchase at

Hager's hometown is Ripley, W.Va., and after picking up the guitar in 2009, Hager decided he wanted music in his life. Notably, Hager's first performance was at a high school variety show, which then led to Hager writing a graduation song for his peers. Hager's first release was "I Like It That Way," a three-track EP. Though he dabbled in what he called "folk pop," Hager has since returned to country music. He has made connections and contacts in the country music industry and has landed co-writes with top songwriters.

As to Jake Bineger, the up-and-coming songwriter was born and raised in a small town outside of Marietta, Ohio. His resume boasts the claim of the 2014 "West Virginia State Champion of the Annual Country Showdown" title. He has opened for Aaron Lewis, The Steel Woods, Craig Campbell, The Davisson Brothers, Jason Michael Carroll, Confederate Railroad, David Lee Murphy, and The Cadillac Three.

Town & Country Days' musical entertainment begins Tuesday, Aug. 14 with the De'Ja'Vu band. The band is known for bringing the classic sounds of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. The group is noted in the Ohio Valley for takings listeners on a trip down memory lane. De'Ja'Vu consists of Buddy Filben, Duke Provenzano, Melodie Provenzano, Michael Sponaugle, and Bill Sinclair. The band has thrilled audiences at The Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival, the Ground Hog Festival, the West Virginia Blackberry, the Weirton Renaissance Festival, Gold Rush Days, the West Virginia Oil & Gas Festival, and more.

The Avalons will entertain Thursday, Aug. 16 at Town & Country Days. The Avalons' members are experts at involving everyone in the show. Through music, comedy and crazy antics, the audience will be swept away on a memorable journey through the 50s, 60s, and early 70s. The Avalons have shared the stage with The Beach Boys, America, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Smothers Brothers, The Vogues, and Tommy James & The Shondells.

Kevin Stokes will open for The Avalons; Stokes will play from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

The fun of Town & Country Days isn't just limited to the stage however.

The fun-filled week of Town & Country Days will kick-off a bit early on Aug. 11 for those wishing to camp at the 4-H grounds or participate in an 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. flea market. Campers will be admitted starting at 10 a.m.

Sunday, Aug. 12 is also a prep-day; additionally, a car show will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is held until 1 p.m. The car show is sponsored Ridge 2 River Realty. A flea market will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Livestock will be accepted from 7 a.m. until noon at the barn, while arts and crafts entries will be accepted from 1-6 p.m.

The festivities really take off on Monday, Aug. 13, with several events happening in the afternoon and evening hours.

A baked goods auction will take place at 4:30 p.m. This leads up to a night for royalty, as the annual prince and princess contest follows at 5 p.m. Little Miss, Pre-Teen, Miss Teen, and Queen's Pageants will follow, beginning at 7 p.m. Grand opening ceremonies for Town & Country Days will be held prior to the main pageantry, at 6 p.m.

A Demolition Derby will take place at 7:30 p.m. A drawing for prizes will follow at 9 p.m.

Tuesday will start off bright and early with breakfast available from 7-10:30 a.m. Other Tuesday events are as follows: Barn Judging, 4 p.m.; 4-H Showmanship, 6 p.m.; Dinner by Refuge Church Praise Team, 5 p.m.; Fun Horse Show, To Be Announced; ATV Motor Cross, 7 p.m. (Registration 4-6 p.m.); and Drawing for Prizes, 9 p.m.

On Wednesday, breakfast will again be held from 7-10:30 a.m.

FFA/4-H Livestock Judging will be held at 9 a.m., and dinner by Saddles & Spurs will be held at 5 p.m., followed by a Fun Horse Show at 6 p.m. Deshler Amusements will again take place 6-11 p.m.

The "So You Think You Can Sing?" competition takes place at 6:30 p.m. with registration at 5 p.m. The Rough Truck Contest is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., with registration from 5:30-7 p.m.

Drawing for Prizes will take place at 9 p.m.

Thursday is "Senior Citizens Day," with folks 65 and up entering the fair for free between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Activities for seniors will take place between 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as Apple Butter Making. These events will be sponsored by Witschey's Market and Wetzel County Senior Citizens. Euchre will be played at 3 p.m. and dinner, by the Shortline Lions Club, will be held at 5 p.m.

A Fun Horse Show will be held at 6 p.m., and Deshler Amusements will entertain from 6-11 p.m.

A FFA/4-H Club Auction will take place at 7 p.m. Side by Side racing will take place at 7 p.m. with registration at 5:30 p.m.

Breakfast will be held Friday, Aug. 18 from 7-10:30 a.m. Deshler Amusements will be held from 6-11 p.m.

Dinner by Refuge Church will be at 5 p.m., and a Fun Horse Show will take place at 6 p.m. A Horse Demo will take place, time To Be Announced. The 4x4 truck pull will take place at 7 p.m., with registration at 5-6:30 p.m. The Teen Dance will take place 9-11 p.m.

The fair wraps up Saturday, Aug. 19. Main events are the 4x4 Mud Bog at 2 p.m. Registration takes place from noon to 1 p.m. Sponsor is Litman Excavating.

The Pretty Baby Contest takes place at noon, with registration slated for 11 a.m. The event is sponsored by Community Bank.

Horse Shoe Pitching is at 1 p.m., and dinner by Relay for Life will take place at 4 p.m.

A special Carnival Matinee will be held from noon to 5 p.m., and a Fun Horse Show will take place at 6 p.m.

A Teen Dance will be held from 9-11 p.m., and drawing for prizes will take place at 9 p.m. the fair wraps up at 11 p.m.

Deshler Amusements will provide carnival rides each day, 6-11 p.m.



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