Austin County Fair releases entertainment lineup

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BELLVILLE – The Austin County Fair highlighted its annual shrimp boil and dance by announcing this year’s entertainment lineup, along with some specials, July 27 at the Austin County Fair’s Exposition and Convention Center.

As the Fair Association welcomes its inaugural 10-day format, the entertainment committee is embracing new artists as well as treasuring the past. As the saying goes, “the more things change, the more they stay wonderfully the same”.

Mason Marek of New Ulm brings his own unique flavor of country music, as heard in “Drifter” and “Take My Advice,” to kick off the the first weekend of the Fair, referred to as Fair Fest, Saturday, Oct. 6, at 4 p.m.

The Anthony Moreno Band starts at 6 p.m. playing ever-popular Texas Country while keeping a firm grip on classic artists such as Merle Haggard, Ronnie Milsap and Johnnie Rodriguez. Texas Red Dirt artist Jon Stork takes the stage at 8 p.m. with songs such as “In Your Radio” and “Rodeo Blues.”

Bellville’s own David Lewis Band closes Saturday night out starting at 10 p.m. with their award-winning performance of their songs “Country Music Therapy,” “Date with a Jukebox” and “Widow to the Barstool” among other classic country tunes.

“These artists grew-up coming to the Austin County Fair and we are so happy to provide them an opportunity to entertain their fans,” said entertainment committee chairman Stanley Jackson. The Saturday of Fair Fest is also Ladies Night. Ladies 21 years of age and older can enter the fairgrounds for $10.

Guests can enjoy Charles and the Fabulous Four play traditional Texas Dance Hall country, polka and waltzes starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10. They enjoy interacting with the live-music loving crowd, welcoming their fans and friends and meeting new ones as well.

Then, Thursday, Oct. 11 is Armed Forces Day at the Fair. Anyone with a military ID or wearing their uniform will receive $5 off at the gate. And what an appropriate way to get the music started with Cody Wayne bringing his full blown red dirt country concert to the Austin County Fair.

Wayne began playing music while stationed as a U.S. Marine in Japan. He plays original music like “Take Me Drunk” and “Good Ole Country Song” as well as top rock ballads and country hits. Following Wayne at 8 p.m.is country music legend Moe Bandy. His twin fiddles and steel guitar are keeping Texas Honky Tonk music alive with hits such as “Bandy the Rodeo Clown,” “It’s A Cheatin’ Situation” and more.

Nashville superstar Rodney Atkins closes out Thursday night. His authentic songs stay with listeners as they see themselves in hits like “Watching You,” “Farmers Daughter,” “Its America,” “Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy),” “These Are My People,” “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)” and “Take A Back Road”.

Jake Worthington endeared himself to the fans of the hit NBC TV show “The Voice” during its sixth season with his traditional and neo-traditional country sound. He gets the music started at 8 p.m. Friday the 12th with “Heaven” and his most recent hit, “A Lot of Room to Talk.”

Longtime Texas and Nashville favorite, Tracy Byrd brings his good-time party singalongs like “Watermelon Crawl,” “Lifestyles of the Not So Rich and Famous” along with everyone’s love song, “Keeper of the Stars,” and the classic “(Don’t Take Her) She’s All I Got” to the stage at 10 p.m.

Shotgun Rider brings a sound all their own – a mix of country twang and guitar-fueled rock and roll stomp – to the fair at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. The duo will crank out fan favorites like “Me and a Memory,” “Steady as She Goes” and “I’m Not Alright” as they get the crowd going for the last night of music for the fair.

Shane Smith and the Saints play music designed “to set us apart, with meaningful lyrics, huge harmonies and the sound of a hard-working band … We always had the options to either make a ‘safe’ record or put something out that sounds like us and no one else.”

Their innovative sound takes the stage at 9 p.m. when listeners will hear the robust, four-part harmony of “The Mountain” and the love song “All I See Is You,” as well as many other fan favorites. At 11 p.m., Aaron Watson, with his warm smile and wild spirit takes the stage

It’s “Nothin’ But Fun at 91” for the Austin County Fair. Tickets are on sale now through the fair office and fair queen contestants, or they can be purchased online at www.austincountyfair.com.

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