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Shenandoah Fair announces entertainment lineup

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By Preston Knight -- pknight@nvdaily.com

WOODSTOCK -- The theme of the 2009 entertainment lineup for the Shenandoah County Fair should be "crossing over."

Classic rock group America and country artist Julianne Hough have joined the already-announced Kenny Rogers as part of the fair's grandstand entertainment this year. Officials are still seeking a fourth act, likely to be another country artist, fair manager Marcy McCann said.

The appeal and similarities of the three acts signed is that they have diverse fan bases and talents, she said. Rogers, the legendary singer of such hits as "The Gambler," is more than a country artist, McCann said, evident from his time on "American Bandstand" and with an early pop group, Kenny Rogers and The First Edition.

"He's just Kenny Rogers," she said. "He can do anything."

In a press release announcing the lineup, Dave Womick, owner of Dave Bob's BBQ and Such, which will open soon near Big Lots in Winchester, said he was once Kenny Rogers' Roasters largest franchisee with 16 restaurants.

"[And I] can say first hand that Kenny is a class act," Womick, the concert's sponsor, said in the release.

Tickets for Rogers' Friday, Sept. 4, concert are $50 on the track and $45 for the grandstand. Tickets for all shows go on sale at 9 a.m. June 15.

Rogers has been touring overseas, just like the group America, best known for its songs "Horse with No Name" and "Ventura Highway." McCann said she knows that the 1970s group can entertain today's generation because a young female member of the fair's board of directors has its songs on her iPod.

"They do have a broad range of followers," she said.

Tickets for the Wednesday, Sept. 2, show are $30 on the track and $25 in the grandstand.

The biggest crossover artist of the lineup's trio, though, might be Hough, who appeals to a variety of listeners not just because of her musical talent -- she has hits that include "That Song in My Head" -- but for the fact she is a two-time professional dance champion on "Dancing with the Stars." Hough studied dancing in London as a child.

"That's pretty unusual for a young woman," McCann said. "She's quite talented."

Hough performs Sunday, Aug. 30. Tickets are $27 on the track and $22 in the grandstand.

Also appearing Aug. 30 will be new country act Kate and Kacey, who are identical twins. McCann said fair officials are hoping that this unknown act follows the path of another recent unknown that performed locally -- Lady Antebellum, who came to the fair two years ago and is now one of the rising country music groups.

"[New artists] have to practice somewhere," she said.

For more information, visit www.shencofair.com.

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