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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    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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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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