Partial Rock County 4-H Fair lineup released

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Catherine W. Idzerda
March 5, 2011
— This year’s Rock County 4-H Fair will begin with royalty and end with rodeo.

On Friday, the fair announced its entertainment line-up for five of six nights.

The fair board and its entertainment committee tried for a mix of fresh entertainment that would be family friendly and appeal to the widest range of people, said Craig O’Leary, committee member.

The rodeo, which was new last year, will return for a Saturday and a Sunday show. The Star Contest, which was part of the fair for the past five years, will not return.

“We sort of felt that the Star Contest had run its course,” O’Leary said.

The fair board also is considering how to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 4-H show choir, Heat Wave, O’Leary said.

This year’s fair runs from Tuesday, July 26, until Sunday, July 31. The line-up includes:

-- 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 26: Rock County 4-H Fair Royalty Coronation.

-- 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 27: Mark Lowry, Christian comedian and singer-songwriter. Lowry, who appeared at the fair in 2005, is best known as the songwriter who wrote “Mary, Did You Know.”

Lowry’s shows are a mix of comedy and music and meet the most rigorous “family friendly” standards.

-- 8 p.m. Thursday, July 28: Josh Thompson and Phil Vassar.

Thompson’s twangy voice makes him sound like a southern boy, but he’s actually from Cedarburg. His hit, “Beer on the Table,” went to No. 17 on the country charts. He followed it with “Way Out Here,” which went to No. 15.

Phil Vassar’s No. 1 hits on the country charts include “Another Day in Paradise.” He also co-wrote “In Real Love.”

-- Friday, July 29: Act to be announced. The posting on the fair’s Facebook page noted, “It won’t be country.”

-- Saturday, July 30: Pro rodeo, followed by band Madison County. Times to be announced. Madison County is a popular, Madison-based country group.

-- Sunday, July 31: Pro rodeo, times to be announced.

Admission for Tuesday to Friday’s main stage events is included in the admission price at the gate. An additional ticket will be required for the rodeo event.

Gate admission is $4 for everyone on Tuesday; $5 for children and $8 for adults, Wednesday to Saturday; and $5 for everyone on Sunday.

The price for rodeo tickets has not yet been determined, said fair secretary Mary Check. Last year, tickets for the rodeo were $5 in advance and $6 at the gate.

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