7/10/2018 3:50:00 PM Country music and much more Sawyer Brown to headline big concert at Jackson County Fair
Pictured are the young ladies who were recently selected to serve as royalty for the 2018 Jackson County Fair. From the left, are: Queen Lauren Gardner, First Attendant Abby Meldick, Second Attendant Taylor Ross, Grades 9-10 Attendant Madison Callahan, Grades 7-8 Attendant Presley Sexton, and Grades 4-5-6 Attendant Jasmine Clarkson. (Telegram Photo By Pete Wilson)
The youngest royalty representatives for the 2018 Jackson County Fair are Little Mister Jackson County Fair Jonah Armstrong (left) and Little Miss Jackson County Fair McKayla Davidson. (Telegram Photo By Red Thompson, Jr.)
A top-drawer country-music concert. Junior fair royalty and 4-H achievers in the spotlight. A succession of thrill shows. Two sessions of harness racing. Carnival rides, great food and all the other enticements of the midway. The 2018 Jackson County Fair will have all this and much more when it begins this weekend at the fairgrounds located off Driving Park Road in Wellston.
Two evening sessions of harness racing are scheduled for 7 p.m. this Friday, July 13 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 14. There will be special activities on Sunday, July 15, including the Opening Fair Ceremony at 5 p.m. with the crowning of the new royalty as a highlight. The fair kicks into full gear Monday, July 16 and will continue through Saturday evening, July 21.
Once again, the fair's big event will come on the fair's finale day when the nationally-renowned country-music group, Sawyer Brown, is the featured performer in a country-music concert set for Saturday evening, July 21 at the WesBanco Entertainment Complex in front of the Bellisio Foods Grandstand. The regionally popular band, Crossroad Station, will launch the two-part concert at 7:30 p.m., followed by Sawyer Brown at 9 p.m.
Sawyer Brown made a big splash nationally in the 1980s and has released 20 studio albums, three of which have been certified gold in the United States for sales of 500,000 copies. More than 50 of their singles have entered the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including three number-one singles.
Two premium-level tickets for the concert continue to be on sale through the fair's website: Jacksoncofair.com. A limited number of VIP-level tickets are on sale for $60 per person. Buyers are guaranteed a seat in the first six rows of chairs on the track directly in front of the stage; a catered meal from Dakota's Restaurant and drinks. These VIP tickets sold out when country-music star Tracy Lawrence was the headline concert attraction for last year's fair.
In addition to VIP tickets, other pre-sale tickets are available for approximately 700 track seats behind the VIP seating. These tickets can be purchased in advance on the fair's website for $15 each. All premium-seat tickets do not include the cost of the gate admission ($10 on that day).
If any track seats are remaining, they will be priced at $20 on the day of the concert. General-admission seating in the Bellisio Foods Grandstand will be on a first-come, first-served basis for no additional charge other than the gate admission. Concert-goers will be admitted to the grandstand area, starting at 6 p.m.
The Fair Board has booked thrill shows to be the main entertainment attractions on other evenings. The always popular Smash-It Demolition Derby is slotted for Friday, July 20, Monster Truck Side-By-Side Competition for Thursday, July 19, Fast Traxx Motocross for Wednesday, July 18, the Diamond J. Rodeo for Tuesday, July 17 and sanctioned Truck and Tractor Pulls on Monday, July 16.
The Opening Fair Ceremony on Sunday evening, July 15 will include the crowning of the 2018 royalty members, who were selected and announced at contests held in early June. In a change from recent years, the names of the queen and her two attendants were announced on the night of the contest rather than not being revealed until the Opening Fair Ceremony.
The new queen is Lauren Gardner, a 2018 Jackson High School graduate, who was the first attendant for the 2017 fair. Her first attendant is Oak Hill High School junior Abigail (Abby) Meldick and the second attendant is Wellston High School junior Taylor Ross.
Jackson High School junior Madison Callahan is the Grades 9 and 10 attendant, Jackson High School freshman Presley Sexton is the Grades 7 and 8 attendant, and Wellston Middle School 7th-grade student Jasmine Clarkson is the Grades 4, 5 and 6 attendant. The Jackson County Fair Little Miss is McKayla Davidson and Jonah Armstrong is the Little Mister Jackson County Fair.
The Opening Fair Ceremony will also include various other announcements and presentations, including the awarding of various scholarships to deserving local youth.
On the junior fair side, the work of hundreds of local 4-H members will be in the spotlight with many related activities taking place throughout the week at the Joe Morgan Memorial Show Arena. One of the key events in this category will be the Junior Fair Livestock Sale, set for 3 p.m. Friday when 4-H and FFA members sell their animals.
The sale order this year will be: Turkeys, rabbits, chickens, steers, hogs, market beef feeders, lambs, goats, and dairy market feeders. Another major event will be the 4-H Awards Ceremony, which will recognize 4-Hers and their fair projects. Top individual awards will be presented for General Projects, Food and Nutrition and Clothing.
The Jackson County Fair Board is grateful for all of its supporters, especially its major sponsors. General Mills, which operated a plant in Wellston, has stepped up to serve as the major sponsor. In fact, it's officially, "the Jackson County Fair, presented by General Mills." Bellisio Foods has provided major support and the grandstand will officially be called the Bellisio Foods Grandstand. WesBanco's continuing sponsorship has secured naming rights for the WesBanco Entertainment Complex and the WesBanco Bandstand.
Day sponsors for the 2018 fair are Holzer Health System and Jackson City Tourism (Sunday), Bellisio Foods (Monday), Diamond J Rodeo and Bridgeport Equipment (Tuesday), Jackson Ag Service and SF Restoration (Wednesday), General Mills (Thursday), WesBanco and Walmart of Jackson (Friday) and Brown-Foreman (Saturday). Other sponsors are supporting major events.
The Telegram would like to recognize the members of the Jackson County Fair Board, who work hard not only during fair week, but all year round to make the fair possible. Officers are Ryan Pelletier as the president; Chris Smalley, the vice president; Shane Meldick, the secretary and Kevin Wilson, the treasurer. Other fair board members are Dennis Dupree, Mike Farley, Matt Jolly, Gerald Fulkerson, Aaron Fannin, David Johnson, Larry Johnson, Gary Jolly, Clayton Lewis, Jamey Sexton, Randy Sims, Guy Waugh, Michelle Baxter, Shane Diltz, Brent Jenkins, Tami Mercer, and Chris Walls.
In addition to the Fair Board, The Telegram would like to recognize other groups who make the Jackson County Fair happen, including: the 4-H Advisory Council and President Heidi Kisor; the 4-H Livestock Committee and President Jamey Sexton; the 4-H Horse Committee and President Jessica Gardner; the Junior Fair Board and President Kira Mullins; and the Jackson County OSU Extension Staff led by 4-H Youth Development Educator and County Extension Director Erin Dailey.
Admission prices for the fair will remain the same as last year. The single-person gate admission for Sunday through Thursday, July 15-19 will be $8. The single-person gate admission for Friday and Saturday, July 20-21 will be $10. The single-person gate admission for Friday and Saturday, July 13-14 for the harness racing will be $5 per person.
There will also be bargain days set aside for children, senior citizens and veterans. Monday will be Kids Day with children ages 12 and younger admitted for free with the rides also being free. Rides will begin operating at 3 p.m. that day. Tuesday is Senior Citizens Day with persons ages 60 and older admitted for $5 with either a Golden Buckeye Card or driver's license being presented as proof of age. Friday is Veterans Day and all veterans will be admitted free with a military ID or VA ID card.
For updated information on all Jackson County Fair activities, check out its official website at www.jacksoncofair.com.