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Family show new addition to Great Frederick Fair grandstand lineup

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The Great Frederick Fair continues to broaden its grandstand entertainment from just country music, to adding classic rock, then Christian artists, and, for 2018, a family show. Ventriloquist Darci Lynne, winner of “America’s Got Talent,” will headline this year’s family show. She wowed the judges, and America, with her singing and ventriloquism.

“Many factors play into the securement of the lineup,” from tour schedules to venue size, said Karen Crum Nicklas, executive assistant of The Great Frederick Fair. “Darci Lynne seemed like a good fit for this year! We have been working on diversifying the lineup to the best of our ability. This year, we are excited to offer country, classic rock, family and Christian.”

Running Sept. 14 to 22, this year’s fair also brings the return of track seating to all of the shows. Some concerts in 2017 had standing-room-only area for the track, at the performers’ request. But concerns by some patrons about no or limited track seating prompted a return to track seating. Two concerts have the option of standing-room in a limited area of the track — the Gary Allan and Brett Young concerts.

“There are some mixed reviews from fairgoers on the standing-room-only option,” Nicklas said. “This is typically attractive to a younger crowd, who like to stand up and dance. The artists request or require certain setups/arrangements, such as the track setup — this is part of contract negotiations. SRO/general admission is a popular option at many large venues around the country, she noted.

Another option for grandstand show-goers will be grandstand annex seating. Facing the grandstand from the stage, this area is to the left of regular grandstand seating. And, depending on the show, tickets for annex seating are $5 to $15 less than grandstand seating.

The entertainment committee and staff decided to offer the annex grandstand as another pricing level. “With the two video walls to enhance the viewing of the performance in the entire venue, every seat is a good option,” Nicklaus said. “We are trying this reduced price level to, hopefully, make it more affordable for families, etc., to purchase tickets.”

The week kicks off with classic country.

Gary Allan is one of country music’s modern-day outlaws, with his signature blend of smoldering vocals, rebellious lyrics and raucous live performances. His concert kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14, and his hits include “Every Storm Runs Out of Rain,” “Nothing On But The Radio,” “Life Ain’t Always Beautiful,” “Best I Ever Had” and “Watching Airplanes.” The California native released his first album in 1996. Tickets are $45 for the track (half seats, half standing-room), $40 for grandstand and $25 for grandstand annex.

Sept. 15 is classic rock night with John Kay and Steppenwolf (“Born to be Wild,” “Magic Carpet Ride” and “The Pusher”). Kay and the band disbanded in the mid 1970s. After hearing that bogus bands were using the Steppenwolf name and trashing its reputation, he formed John Kay and Steppenwolf in 1980. Since then, the band has released five albums and it tours worldwide annually. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $45 for track seating, $40 for grandstand and $25 for grandstand annex.

Brett Young was recently named the Academy of Country Music’s New Male Vocalist of the Year. His hits include “In Case You Didn’t Know” and “Sleep Without You.” The California native describes his sound as Caliville — the world between his SoCal roots and Music City coming of age.

Young takes the stage on Sept. 16 with Riley Green, whose current single is “Bury Me in Dixie” and who was the fifth season winner of CMT’s “Redneck Island.” In addition to being a singer/songwriter, the Alabama native is an avid outdoorsman and has a hunting show on DirtRoadTV. Riley describes his music style as a reflection on the experiences of a young southern man trying to find his place in the world. His EP is titled “County Line.”

This show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $45 for the track (half seating, half standing-room), $40 for grandstand and $25 for grandstand annex.

The tractor/truck pull is set for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17. Tickets are $23 for grandstand and $18 for grandstand annex.

Two nights of demolition derby begin Sept. 18 with cars. The second night, Sept. 19, features trucks, vans and figure eight. Both start at 7 p.m., and tickets are $23 for grandstand and $18 for grandstand annex.

Music returns on Sept. 20 with Scotty McCreery. The season 10 “American Idol” winner is still capturing the hearts of fans. His hits include “See You Tonight,” “The Trouble With Girls” and his current single, “Five More Minutes.” The 24-year-old, who was voted Country Music’s Hottest Bachelor by readers of NASH Country Weekly Magazine in 2017, is set to be wed this spring. He co-wrote 11 songs on his latest album, “Seasons Change.”

Tickets for Scotty McCreery are $45 for track, $40 for grandstand and $25 for grandstand annex.

Darci Lynne, 13, is the youngest contestant to ever win “America’s Got Talent.” The Oklahoma native is hoping to inspire a new generation with the art of ventriloquism. Following her appearance on “AGT,” she sold out a following headlining show in six minutes. Tickets to the Sept. 21 show are $45 for track, $40 for grandstand and $25 for grandstand annex.

Christian music recording artists Matthew West and Jordan Feliz will close out the week of shows at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22.

A four-time Grammy nominee, American Music Award winner and GMA Dove Award winner, West released his eighth studio album, “All In,” in September 2017. It’s a reflection of where he wants to be in his life — from faith and family to career and life. His hits include “Hello My Name Is,” “Broken Things,” “Grace Wins” and “Strong Enough.”

Jordan Feliz started his music career as a hard-touring heavy metal singer with A Current Affair, which performed on the Warped Tour before dissolving. It wasn’t his passion. He became a worship leader and signed a Nashville record deal and is recording contemporary Christian music with a soulful-R&B-pop sound.

Tickets for the West and Feliz show are $40 for track, $35 for grandstand and $25 for grandstand annex.

Tickets for The Great Frederick Fair grandstand events go on sale, online only, at 8 a.m. May 5. Box office hours will be announced at a later date.

For more information on grandstand and other events of the 2018 fair, visit www.thegreatfrederickfair.com.

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