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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