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Tesla set for Rock County 4-H Fair

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Catherine W. Idzerda
January 18, 2012
— Signs, signs, everywhere signs of the musical times.

On Tuesday, Rock County 4-H Fair organizers announced they had booked hard rock band Tesla to perform Friday, July 27.


Tesla is the multi-platinum band that was popular in the late '80s and '90s.


The group's hits include "Signs," "What You Give," "The Way it Is" and "Mama's Fool."


The group's most recent hits include "Caught in a Dream" and "Words Can't Explain." Both were on the Billboard charts in 2004.


In 2008, the group's album, "Forever More," was No. 33 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Top Independent Albums rankings.


Tesla joins an entertainment lineup that includes:


-- 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 25: Thompson Square.


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.


-- 8 p.m. Thursday, July 26: Classic county singer Mickey Gilley.


The singer has had 39 top-ten county hits, with 17 of those songs reaching No. 1.


-- 8 p.m. Saturday, July 28: Josh Turner.


Turner has sold more than five million albums and has a collection of hits, including "Your Man," "Would You Go With Me," "Why Don't We Just Dance" and "All Over Me."


-- 4 p.m. Sunday, July 29: Christian singer-songwriter-comedian Mark Lowry also will be back.


Lowry's show last summer was cut short by a storm.


A new feature at this year's fair will be a horse pull on Sunday morning. In 2011, the fair featured two nights of rodeo and a "mutton busting" event, in which children rode—or attempted to ride—sheep.


Also new this year will be a separate ticket charge for Josh Turner. In past years, the musical entertainment has been included in the ticket price.


In 2011, about 74,000 attended the six-day fair, down from about 80,000 in 2010. Part of the drop in attendance was attributed to stormy weather during fair week.


The five-year running average for attendance at the fair is about 85,000.



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