Walworth County, Rock County 4-H fairs offer diverse entertainment options

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Sarah Zimmermann
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

It's not just hogs and funnel cakes, you know.

When it comes to county fairs, music is among the most popular attractions. The entertainment lineups for this year's Rock County 4-H and Walworth County fairs have plenty to offer those seeking cool tunes on a warm night.

In 2015, the two fairs collectively feature a pair of comedians, an iconic rock band, and both seasoned and up-and-coming country music performers. For more information, visit rockcounty4h
fair.com and walworthcounty

Here is a listing of entertainment acts scheduled for each fair:


Pete Lee and Andi Smith: These two Janesville natives are sure to keep audiences laughing when they hit the grandstand stage. In 2008, both advanced to the semifinals of NBC's “Last Comic Standing.” Lee also filmed a Comedy Central Presents special in 2009 and appeared on “Late Show With David Letterman” in 2013. Smith has performed with such acclaimed comedians as Dave Attell and Lewis Black.

--When: 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 28.

--Cost: Free with fair admission

Cole Swindell: In 2014, country music singer Cole Swindell released his self-titled debut album that featured the platinum single “Chillin' It.” In April, he was presented with the Academy of Country Music's New Artist of the Year award.

--When: 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 29

--Cost: $15, plus fair admission.

Clark Manson: Up-and-coming country artist Clark Manson will warm up the crowd before Swindell hits the stage. Manson recently released the well-received single “Track 9,” which is available on iTunes.

--When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29.

--Cost: Free with tickets to Cole Swindell show.

Montgomery Gentry: Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry have been mainstays on the country music charts since releasing their first album in 1999. Known for such hits as “If You Ever Stop Loving Me” and “Roll With Me,” the duo also released their eighth studio album, “Folks Like Us,” in June. The pair were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2009.

--When: 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30.

--Cost: $25, plus fair admission.

The Mantz Brothers: Originally from Richfield, Wisconsin, this country music duo will open for Montgomery Gentry. The brothers also have opened for various country music acts such as Lee Brice, Jerrod Niemann and Kip Moore.

--When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30.

--Cost: Free with tickets to Montgomery Gentry show.

Dan + Shay: The country music duo have toured with such superstars as Blake Shelton and Hunter Hayes. The pair are best known for their singles “Show You Off” and “19 You + Me,” the latter of which went gold in the U.S.

--When: 8 p.m. Friday, July 31.

--Cost: Free with fair admission

Cassadee Pope: Country singer Cassadee Pope opens for Dan + Shay. Pope won the third season of NBC's “The Voice,” becoming the show's first-ever female winner. Her debut album, “Frame by Frame,” hit No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums charts.

--When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 31.

--Cost: Free with fair admission

Tyler Farr: Country singer Tyler Farr is known for hits such as “Redneck Crazy,” “Whiskey in My Water” and “A Guy Walks Into a Bar.” His second studio album “Suffer in Peace” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard US Top Country Albums charts.

--When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1.

--Cost: $15, plus fair admission.


The Charlie Daniels Band: North Carolina's own Charlie Daniels has been performing country and bluegrass tunes for audiences since the 1950s. Daniels was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008, and the opening notes from his fiddle in the band's 1979 hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” are recognized by music fans young and old.

--When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5.

--Cost: $40 for track seating and $20 for bleacher seating. Grandstand seating is free with fair admission.

Cheap Trick: A mainstay on the rock music scene, this Rockford, Illinois-based band is best known for such hits as “Surrender,” “Dream Police” and “I Want You to Want Me.” Formed in 1973, the iconic rock band ranked No. 25 in VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

--When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6.

--Cost: $40 for track seating and $20 for bleacher seating. Grandstand seating is free with fair admission.

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