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Martina McBride to perform at 100th county fair

The Shenandoah Valley-Herald

WOODSTOCK — A former country music superstar will take the stage at the Shenandoah County Fair this summer.

Martina McBride will perform at the grandstand on Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m., the fair association announced Wednesday.

Reserve tickets go on sale on www.shencofair.com at 6 a.m. on March 1, while regular tickets for all fair shows go on sale on March 13.

McBride, 50, is a 14-time Grammy Award nominee who released her first album in 1992. She is known for the songs “Wild Angels,” “A Broken Wing” and “Blessed,” which topped the Billboard country charts in 1996, 1997 and 2003, respectively.

McBride is one of four live performers the fair will host this year. The full entertainment lineup will be released on March 1.

Tom Eshelman, the fair’s general manager, said he had to scramble over the holidays to find a new act after another country singer backed out before the contract was finalized.

“We put offers out there and we signed the contract with her the second week of January,” he said.

The fair will return to a full slate of grandstand shows this year. It hosted only two performers – “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery and country duo Brothers Osborne – during the 2016 fair because of construction on the grandstand’s track ahead of the inaugural season of state-sanctioned harness racing.

“It’s going to be a banner year,” Eshelman said. “It was a cautious year [in 2016] because we had work being done on the track, but we’re going to have a lot of good stuff planned.”

In addition to the big-ticket shows, contemporary worship bands and singers sponsored by local churches will also perform throughout the fair, Eshelman said.

The 100th county fair runs from Aug. 25 through Sept. 2. Plans for week-long events marking the centennial are “full steam ahead,” Eshelman said.

Celebrations include hot dog- and pie-eating contests and a meal for seniors during the fair’s Senior Day.

To raise money for anniversary events, staff will sell engravable bricks for a special patio before the fair and commemorative crocks and toy 1925 Model T trucks during fair week, Eshelman said.

More information about the fair can be found on its website.



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