Fulton County Fair lineup announced 7.15.09

Written by David Green.

The 152nd edition of the Fulton County Fair, slated Sept. 4-10, features everything from top-name entertainment to farm-favorite competitions and displays.

On Labor Day Sept. 7, the Charlie Daniels Band will take to the Grandstand stage for an evening of down-home music the entire family can enjoy.

Best known for hits such as “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” “Long Haired Country Boy,” “Uneasy Rider,” and “The South’s Gonna Do It,” Charlie Daniels celebrated 50 years in entertainment in 2008 and was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. The Grammy winner has released 51 albums during his career.

Also appearing Monday night are the Oak Ridge Boys, whose trademark four-part harmony and upbeat songs such as “Elvira,“ “Bobbie Sue,“ “Dream On,” and “American Made” have made them one of the most recognized and honored vocal groups in country music history. The Oak Ridge Boys are multiple Grammy and Dove Award winners.

Fans of Southern boogie, blues-rock, and arena-rock won’t want to miss the Fair’s Sept. 6 concert featuring the legendary group .38 Special.

Founded nearly 30 years ago, .38 Special has released 15 albums featuring hits such as “Wild-Eyed Southern Boys,” “Back Where You Belong,” “Caught Up in You,” “Hold on Loosely,” “If I'd Been the One,” and “Rockin’ into the Night.”

Back by popular demand, the Van-Dells will perform in a free South-Stage concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night.

In addition, the 152nd Fulton County Fair will feature tractor pulls, the Rough Truck Challenge, Clashing Combines, demolition derbies, harness racing with pari-mutuel wagering, and the Golden Wedding Party.

Returning to this year’s fair through Tuesday will be an eight-horse hitch, All-Star Farms Percherons.

Reserved tickets are on sale now and can be ordered online at www.fultoncountyfair.com. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 419/335-7469 or, by visiting the ticket office.

Electric camp sites are booked, however, non-electric sites are still available. To reserve a space call the fair secretary at 419/335-6006.

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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