Rock County Fair pulls in star power

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Lynn Greene | July 22, 2014

“Popular music is the soundtrack of our individual lives. Anything that ever happened to you, good or bad, was scored with the music you listened to.”

-- Dick Clark

JANESVILLE -- Dick Clark, longtime host of “American Bandstand,” said it best when he referred to music as “the soundtrack of our lives.” Who among us hasn't flashed back in time when we hear a song that epitomizes a certain time in our life?

“I know I always watched that show -- it was our MTV before there was such a thing,” said Cindy Halpren of Janesville. “Still those songs come on now and I can remember exactly where I was and what I was doing. And going to concerts was always a big thing in the summer.”

Halpren, who grew up in Rock County, also remembers going to the Rock County Fair, sitting in the bleachers with her friends and listening to the grandstand entertainment. This year's fair runs Tuesday, July 22, through Sunday, July 27.

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“I lean toward country and I've always looked forward to the fair for that reason,” Halpren said. “Last year they had Florida Georgia Line and that was a great concert.”

The band had a huge hit with “Cruise,” which spent 26 consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the best-selling country song in the United States. The band's success came after the Rock County Fair booked the duo, but before they appeared on the grandstand at last year's fair.

“They broke all the attendance records,” said Ryan George, a member of the entertainment committee for the fair.

Julie Johnson is going into her third year as chair of the entertainment committee. Neither Johnson nor George claim complete credit for the foresight to book the popular band.

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