Clark County Fair 2019: Local groups, tribute acts take center stage for entertainment

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A bit of local, a dash of classic tributes and several genres characterize Clark County Fair Entertainment in 2019.

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A bit of local, a dash of classic tributes and several genres characterize Clark County Fair Entertainment in 2019.

Nine acts will hit the big tent starting today and continuing daily through closing day, July 26. Entertainment admission is free with paid admission to the fair.

“We certainly look for diversity and are proud of the diversity we have in our lineup,” said Clark County Fairgrounds Executive Director Dean Blair.

Opening day will kick off at 8 p.m. with local flavor in the Pleasant Street Blues Band. The veteran group has been around for years and their set at a local bicentennial event impressed Blair enough to have them lead off this year’s fair.

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Blair said it’s not typical to have the same artist back for three consecutive years, but country performer Chris Higbee isn’t usual, so he’ll continue that streak, playing at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 20.

“Chris keeps packing the tent, the audience just feels good watching him and they keep asking for him to come back and we’re happy to do it,” Blair said.

Another returnee that received a good reception in 2018 was the First Christian Church music program which will bring its choir and other guests during the 6 p.m. Sunday, July 21 show.

A perennial performer in Springfield each year, Jimmy Buffett tribute Parrots of the Caribbean will bring a little laid-back island flavor at 8 p.m. Monday, July 22.

“If you see someone you enjoy like that you bring in more fans,” said Blair.

The desire to play for all attendees comes into play on Tuesday, July 23 with David Wayne, who will perform at 3 p.m., aimed at an older audience that attends the golden wedding anniversary event with classic country tunes.

Tuesday’s evening entertainment will continue the country theme with a young but seasoned local player, Wyatt McCubbin. A fair veteran, he’ll play at 8 p.m. and another local performer, Ty Cooper, will open the show.

One of the more emotional moments of last year’s fair was the performance by Hasting & Co., led by Northwestern High grad Kate Hasting. Her parents, longtime fair participants Dan and Libbee Hasting, were in an auto accident in June 2018, claiming Dan Hasting’s life and seriously injuring Libbee Hasting.

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Hasting wanted to perform in her dad’s spirit and she and band mate Josh Beale even filmed footage that later went into a music video for the song “American “Love.”

“We love Kate. Kate and her family have meant a lot to the fair,” Blair said.

Hasting & Co. will be back at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, with singer/songwriter Madeline McDonald opening.

Rounding out fair entertainment will be two tributes that have entertained local audiences for years - Eagles tribute Hotel California at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 25 and Touch, performing the best of Motown at 8 p.m. Friday, July 26.

Big Tent Entertainment

Friday, July 19 - Pleasant Street Blues Band

Saturday, July 20 - Chris Higbee

Sunday, July 21-First Christian Church & Medway Worship Music Service

Monday, July 22, Parrots of the Caribbean

Tuesday, July 23- David Wayne (3 p.m.)

Tuesday, July 23-Wyatt McCubbin with opening by Ty Cooper

Wednesday, July 24 - Kate Hasting & Co.

Thursday, July 25-Hotel California

Friday, July 26 - Touch

All shows start at 8 p.m. unless noted.

Midway Entertainment

A Grizzly Experience

Eric Kand - Hypnotist

Bear Hollow Wood Carvers

Dinosaur Xperience

Marines Firearms Simulator

Famous Amos Mechanical Bull

CTC Shelter House

Razzamatazz -3-5 p.m. Saturday

Blue Leafs - 1-4 p.m. Sunday

Ora TwamG 3-5 p.m. Monday July 22

Blaine Bowmand - 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, July 24

Willowcreek - 4-6 p.m. Thursday, July 25

Grandstand Events

Friday, July 19 - KOI Drag Races

Saturday, July 20 - NTPA Tractor Pull

Sunday, July 21-Demolition Derby

Wednesday, July 24 - 3rd Annual Salvation Army 5K at the Fair

Thursday, July 25 - Tractor Tug-O-War

Friday, July 26 - Kiddie Pig Chase-Pig & Calf Scrambles

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