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Rock County 4-H fair announces additional entertainers

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
December 20, 2011
— The Rock County 4-H Fair announced Monday that it has scheduled more entertainers for next summer's fair.

The Grammy-nominated country act Thompson Square is scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 25.


The fair also announced Monday it will have something new: a horse pull, set for 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 29.


Christian comedian


/singer/songwriter Mark Lowry also will be back, performing at 4 p.m. July 29. Lowry's show last summer was cut short by a storm.


The fair said it would announce one more act in January, to perform Friday, July 27.


The fair has agreed with representatives of the act not to identify the act right now, said Stephanie Gassen of the fair board.


Gassen said the July 27 act will not be a country act. She described it as pop/rock but not Top 40.


The fair tried Top 40 last year with Jayson Grace and Allstar Weekend, but officials were disappointed at the turnout, Gassen said.


The bottom line is to get enough people in the seats to keep the fair financially viable, she said.


The fair announced last week that Mickey Gilley would perform Thursday, July 26, and Josh Turner would perform Saturday, July 28.


Thompson Square has a hit, "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not," which was nominated for a Grammy in the category of best country song.


Thompson Square's website describes itself as "husband-and-wife duo of Keifer and Shawna Thompson, an exciting and unpredictable area where country meets rock, rough meets smooth and one vagabond heart finds a harmonious common ground with another."


"They're definitely more of that crossover, newer, upbeat, more modern country," Gassen said.


Tickets to the fair go on sale next spring on a date not yet announced.



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