Warren County Fair opens its gates Monday: Country icon Marty Stuart highlights 59th edition

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — A flame-throwing, car-eating dinosaur is about to invade Warren County, along with Marty Stuart, monster trucks, cowboys and plenty of rides. The time has arrived for the Warren County Fair to return for its 59th year.

Stuart, a country music icon with a career spanning five decades, is scheduled to serenade fair goers at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5. The 14-time Grammy Award winner has more than 20 albums to his name.
Premium reserved seats for the concert cost $30 and reserved seats cost $20, both include gate admission.
Bleacher seats are free with the general admission.

Local up-and-coming country musician Ryan Jewel will open for Stuart and have a show of his own at 7 p.m. Wednesday on the community stage. The KISS-tribute band Cold Gin will perform at 7:30 the same night on the main stage.

Other musical acts will include The Heavenly Notes at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Saturday on the community stage, Cazhmiere at 7 and 9 p.m. Thursday on the main stage, Heart to Heart at 7 p.m. Friday on the community stage and the Jimmy Buffett-tribute band Beach Bumz at 7:30 and 9 p.m. Saturday on the main stage.

The fair runs from Monday through Aug. 6 and is open daily from 4 to 10 p.m. There also will be an event at the fairgrounds on July 31, including three pageants and a Cowboy Mounted Shooters demonstration.

During the 3 p.m. shooting demonstration, horse riders will dress as cowboys and shoot blanks at balloons while riding at high rates of speed.

Five monster trucks will put on a show Aug. 6. At 4 p.m., the pit will open so kids can meet the drivers while the demonstration begins at 6 p.m. People can also take a ride on a monster truck for a small fee.

Fair board member Kandi Lamb said she cannot wait to see the dinosaur, which tells a story while breathing fire before devouring cars.

"It's the coolest thing ever," Lamb said.

Organizers have made extra attempts to make the fair more fun for kids this year, Lamb said. A free play area will be set up with a corn pit and wooden train.

"We have really worked hard this year trying to have something for everybody," Lamb said.

Fair tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for children 7 through 12 and free for those under six. A weekly fair ticket is $40.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, it is $18 to all night passes to rides. Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, tickets to ride all night are $20.
Tuesday night is family night and the prices are $7 for adults and free for children under 12.

Other fair attractions include a truck and tractor pull, a beard and mustache competition, a pet show, a firefighting demonstration from Warren County Fire and Rescue, and more.

"It's just good old country fun. Because we're a relatively small community, you come out to the fair, you're bound to see someone you know or haven't seen for a while," Lamb said. "It's just good family fun."
For more fair information, visit Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate.

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