TOWNSHIP – A year after limited COVID-19 activity, the Stark County Fair plans to welcome the public again and officials have announced that two country artists will be leading the festivities.
This year’s fair will take place from August 31 to September 6.
Justin Moore, a prominent musician with eight No. 1 hits on the Billboard Country Chart, will perform on September 2. Her hits include “You Look Like I Need a Drink” and “Somebody Else Will”.
He released his sixth studio album on April 23.
Mitchell Tenpenny, a promising country musician, will take the stage on September 1. His 2018 single “Drunk Me” peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Airplay charts.
“We’re really excited about these two guys,” said Dale Klick, president of the Stark County Agricultural Society, which hosts the annual county fair.
Tickets for all grandstand events, including NTPA Pulls and Smash Demo Derby, go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday.
Klick said he expects concert tickets to go fast.
“I think it’s going to be one for the ages,” Klick said.
Last year’s fair was downsized and closed to the public due to pandemic concerns. Only the Junior Fair part of the annual fair took place.
Now that the restrictions have eased considerably, Klick said fair officials have decided to start a “renaissance” of the festivities and have gone for current country music names, especially Moore.
“It was kind of a leap of faith, and we were like, ‘Hey, let’s spend some more money, get a bigger name, and do something that we’ve never done. Let’s really bring a show to the audience. Let’s put the Stark County Fair on the map, as a place to go and watch some great country music. It was kind of the decision, ”Klick said.
Klick said people were hungry for a sense of normalcy after a year of COVID-19 restrictions. “Let’s have everyone in the fair redial and you only have one chance to reset things. And this is our chance.”
Klick said they are hopeful this year’s concerts will be a success because they want to continue signing top and top-notch musicians to perform at future fairs.