Styx, Morgan coming to Shenandoah County Fair

The Shenandoah Valley-Herald

WOODSTOCK — A chart-topping rock band, a rising country star and a Canadian country duo are coming to the 100th Shenandoah County Fair.

Styx will take the grandstand stage on Sept. 1, while William Michael Morgan will precede him on Aug. 31.

Country duo High Valley will open for Morgan. Its current single “Make You Mine” ranks 18th on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.

Styx has released 15 studio albums since its formation in Chicago in 1972. It is best known for the songs “Come Sail Away,” “Renegade” and the 1979 No. 1 hit “Babe.”

Morgan appeared at the Rockingham County Fair in August. He released his first album, “Vinyl,” in September.

Country star Martina McBride will perform on Aug. 30, the fair association announced on Feb. 22. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the McBride and Morgan shows go on sale at today, while Styx tickets can be purchased online starting March 13 at 6 a.m.

Tickets for the Morgan show range from $19 to $24, while Styx tickets are priced between $35 and $55.

Styx will also perform with REO Speedwagon and Don Felder at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow on Aug. 13. Booking such an “arena act” is part of the fair’s plan to experiment with scheduling larger shows, Eshelman said.

“Will the Valley support larger acts like this?” he said.

The experiment stems from the fairgrounds having an expanded grandstand area this year.

Track widening, which was completed in 2016 to prepare for state-sanctioned harness racing, has resulted in space for 1,000 extra seats, increasing capacity from 2,000 to 3,000, Eshelman said.

He called Morgan and High Valley’s music “traditional” country that will appeal to fairgoers.

“It’s not pop country,” he said. “It’s that traditional George Strait and Alan Jackson type of country. And High Valley is country and bluegrass, too.

“It’s a nice mixture of music,” he said. “We really wanted to do something great for the 100th anniversary.”

The fair runs from Aug. 25 to Sept. 2. The full schedule will be released next week, Eshelman said.

Events will include a return of the monster truck show that debuted in 2016 and a schedule change to a major two-day event.

“The demolition derby has been Monday and Tuesday forever,” he said. “We’re going to move it to Sunday and Monday.”

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