WISE – The VA-KY District Fair kicks off 109 with music, mules, horses, jeeps, midway and events for all ages June 14-18.
“After the pandemic, we are excited to be able to get back to where we were,” said fair committee chairman Lawton Mullins. “Our late night concert with Folk Soul Revival is going to be awesome, and we’ll have a few new things like the Game Contest and Jeepalooza. We’re also expanding Children’s Day and Seniors’ Day this year.”
Musical entertainment has been a constant throughout the fair’s history, and Mullins said this summer’s lineup is as follows:
• Renaissance of the folk soul – The Final Revival – Friday, June 17 at 8 p.m., with the first Mississippi East at 6 p.m. and Brandon Davis at 7 p.m.
Folk Soul Revival announced the end of their journey together in 2021, but they agreed to a final “wake-up” with their “congregation” on the main stage of VA-KY Fair.
Mississippi East are a country roots band, all hailing from coal mining country in the southwestern tip of Virginia, with influences ranging from Waylon Jennings, George Strait, Hank Williams Sr. and Jr. to newer artists such as Old Dominion, Tyler Childers, Cody Jinks, Blackberry Smoke and more.
Chattanooga native Brandon Davis got his start in the music industry after a car accident caused him to focus on a new career. After his wife posted videos of him singing on TikTok, Davis gained national recognition and recently wrapped up his tour with Tim McGraw.
Reserved seating for Folk Soul Revival, Mississippi East and Brandon Davis are available now on the show’s website.
• Blackhawk and Carson Peters and Iron Mountain — June 16, 8 p.m. — main stage.
For over 20 years, Blackhawk has sold over 7 million albums, recorded some of the most distinctive country radio hits of the 90s and still attracts tens of thousands of fans for their electrifying live performances.
Carson Peters & Iron Mountain – Carson, Carson’s father, Jamie Peters, Eric Marshall and Ben Marshall of Mount Airy, North Carolina, and Austin Tate of Marion, Virginia perform old-time, bluegrass and gospel music. Peters performed on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” with Ricky Skaggs at the Grand Old Opry and appeared on NBC’s “The Voice.”
On Saturday, June 18, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., the Mix-Tape 80s Tribute Band brings the 80s to life with music and costumes on the main stage.
The VA-KY District Fair offers many other traditional and new events, including:
• Demolition Derby – June 14 at 7:30 p.m.
• Game contest — June 14 at 8 p.m. at the arts pavilion. The competition includes Nintendo Switch devices playing Super Smash Bros. Bring your device with the game and full DLC, there will be a limited number of devices available to players. The entry fee is $5 and the grand prize is $250 and part of the entry fee.
• Diesel dredges — June 15 at 6 p.m. at the motocross track
• 106th Annual Horse Show — June 18 at 6 p.m. in the horse riding school.
• Motocross and ATV races — June 16: 5 p.m. ATV race – motocross track, and June 17: 5 p.m. Motocross race – motocross track.
• New People’s Bank Jeepalooza — June 17 at 7 p.m. near the riding arena. With your entry at the gate, you can park right in and display your Jeep for all to see. Welcome to all Jeep models! The best-looking Jeep wins a soundbar worth $250 sponsored by Crutchfield.
• Talent competition – 15 and under — June 16 at 6 p.m. at the arts pavilion. Ages 16 and up — June 17 at 6 p.m. at the arts pavilion.
Other activities include:
• Seniors Day — June 16 at 10 a.m. at the Pavillon des Arts – Senior Pageant, followed by bingo and lunch offered by KFC. There will be singing, dancing, giveaways, and healthcare vendors set up midway.
• Children’s Day — June 15 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the riding school. A prize goes up midway for free games, prizes and food while supplies last at the equestrian arena.
• Beer garden — From June 16 to 18 at 6 p.m. on the main stage. Five different beers on tap in the paid pit area. Must be 21+ to enter and alcohol must be consumed in designated area.
• Karaoke — June 17 and 18 at 10 p.m. on the main stage.
• McDonald’s Farm — Daily. Located between the midway and the equestrian arena.
• Home Economics and Art Exhibitions — Daily. Categories include canned goods including meats and vegetables, pickled foods, condiments, fruits, jams, jellies, baked goods, quilts, adult and children’s categories for art and photography . Submission is June 12, 1-4 p.m., with judging June 13 and exhibit throughout the fair in the Arts Building.
• Vendors/ Food – Daily.
FAIR PASSThe daily passes are: 4 and under – free; 5 to 17 years old — $5 and 18 and over — $10.
The season passes are: 4 and under – free; 5 to 17 years old — $20 and 18 and over — $35.
Season passes and reserved seat tickets are now available on the website.
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