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Oak Ridge Boys Will Headline Fair

By Staff | Aug 5, 2009

The Oak Ridge Boys, one of the most popular acts in country music history, will take the stage at Town and Country Days Saturday at 8 p.m. The concert is included with admission of $8 per person or $30 for a season pass.

The headline act of the Oak Ridge Boys on Saturday will undoubtedly draw a big crowd at this year’s Town and Country Days, but there is much more to the annual fair than just Saturday’s stage event. It offers a week full of fun for the entire family.

The fair will officially begin Monday at 6 p.m. with the grand opening ceremonies at 6 p.m.

While the prince and princess contest will have already taken place beginning at 5 p.m., the stage entertainment will continue beginning at 6:30 p.m. with all the pageantry of the first day of a fair. Contest include the 45th Miss Town and Country Days and along with the selection of the 12th Miss Teen, Miss Pre-Teen, and Little Miss Town and Country Days.

At the track area that evening at 7 p.m, don’t miss the demolition derby where the drivers can take out their frustration by hitting other cars and hoping to get away with a motor still running. One class will be for the 4 cylinder vehicles and the 6 and 8 cylinders classes will be running against each other. Registration will be between 5-6 p.m.

The lip sync contest, starting at 9 p.m. is a favorite, as you can lip sync to your favorite songs and don’t have to worry about being off key.

Tuesday if full of activities including horse and pony judging at the horse arena starting at 3:30 p.m. The fun horse show follows at 4:30 p.m. There are more animals to see during the livestock show at 6 p.m. at the 4-H/FFA livestock area.

Bring your lawn chairs to the stage area and enjoy Cherry Holmes, the Bluegrass Group of 2002. They will be performing at 7 p.m.

Following these fine performers will be are favorite Joe Zelek taking the stage at 9 p.m. Come early for good seating, as this country boy will draw a crowd.

If you are not into music, rather the roar of motorcycles, the track will be having a motorcycle motorcross at the track area starting at 7 p.m. Registration is between 5-6 p.m.

Come Wednesday, card players can try their luck at the Euchre Game at 3:30 p.m, with sign ups at 3 p.m. A fun horse show will again be at the horse arena at 5 p.m.

The dirt will be flying at the track area with the ATV motorcross races that will begin at 7 p.m. with registration from 5-6 p.m.

The stage area will be hosting Abby Abbondanza at 8 p.m. The former

Poverty Neck Hillbilly recording artist will have the audience clapping their hands and stomping their feet to some great music.

Thursday is free admission for Senior Citizens from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The stage area at 6:30 p.m. will bring out the local talent in the area with the talent show, with registration starting at 5:30 p.m.

The track area will be filled with noise from super stock 4 x4, 7500 4 x 4 open class, 6200 open street legal 4 x 4 trucks, in the truck pull. Come early to get a seat to see how far they can pull weight up the track with all four wheels digging in the dirt. Registration will be at 5 p.m.

On Friday, again the track area will roar with noise from 4 x4 super stock truck pulls that will include this year, super farm tractors, 8000# open street diesel class starting at 7 p.m. Registration will begin at 5 p.m.

Don’t forget the Battle of the Bands starting at 7 p.m. at the stage area to see local bands battle it out for the grand prize money and the winner to appear again on stage to warm up the crowd for the Oak Ridge Boys on Saturday.

Saturday will begin the day with the children’s games starting at 10 a.m. along with a kid’s casting contest at the same time.

ATV/Motorcycle Drag races and riders will have the need for speed at the track area that will start at 11 a.m. Registration will be at 10 a.m.

Don’t forget the Pretty Baby Contest at the stage area at 1 p.m. with registration beginning at noon. The horseshoe pitching contest will also start at 1 p.m.

The stage area will bring forth at 6 p.m. the winner of the Battle of Bands for everyone to enjoy, following by the Oak Ridge Boys at 8 p.m. to end the evening on a sweet note.

The Oak Ridge Boys have one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. Their string of hits includes the pop chart-topper “Elvira”, as well as “Bobbie Sue”, “Dream On”, “Thank God For Kids”, “American Made”, “I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes”, “Fancy Free”, “Gonna Take A Lot Of River”, and many others. They’ve scored 12 gold, three platinum, and one double platinum album, plus one double platinum single, and had more than a dozen national number one singles and over 30 top 10 hits. Their show at Town and Country Days is sponsored by Chesapeake Energy.

In addition to all the events scheduled throughout the week, daily there will be Bingo, carnival rides by Deshler Amusements, arts and crafts, produce, chain saw demonstrations, and commercial exhibits and demonstrations. The carnival rides will be open from 6-11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 4-11 p.m. Friday; and noon to 5 p.m. and 6-11 p.m. on Saturday. The air conditioned Mollohan Center will be available for dinners, breakfasts, and exhibits.

Admission is $8 per day for ages five and up. Children under five enter the fair for free. Also, senior citizens ages 65 and up are admitted free until 1 p.m. on Thursday. Season passes are $30 per person. Entertainment and carnival rides are included in the price of admission. However, there is an extra charge for the fun house and side shows.

Town and Country Days is online at www.townandcountrydays.org for a complete schedule of events.