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Grandstand lineup

• REO Speedwagon will take the stage at the 2011 Shenandoah County Fair. The classic rockers are set to perform Sunday, Aug. 28, with tickets costing $40-45. Country artists Aaron Tippin, Joe Diffie, Sammy Kershaw, Luke Bryan and Colt Ford are also scheduled to play at the event.

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Country music's Roots & Boots Tour also set to perform at event

By Preston Knight - pknight@nvdaily.com

WOODSTOCK -- The recipe for musical entertainment remains unchanged for the Shenandoah County Fair.

The 2011 grandstand lineup was announced Friday, and a classic rock band, teamed with a mix of country artists, is yet again on tap. When the 94th annual fair begins in late August, visitors will have a week to see REO Speedwagon, Luke Bryan, the Roots & Boots Tour and Colt Ford.

"This is really an exceptional lineup of entertainment that crosses different groups from college crowd to mainstream country, country legends and rockers," said Dean Morgan, the general manager of the county fair association.

REO Speedwagon, which features rock hits such as "Time for Me to Fly," "Can't Fight This Feeling" and "Keep on Loving You," will perform Sunday, Aug. 28. Tickets are $45 for the track and $40 for the grandstand.

In recent years, rock acts America, Foreigner and .38 Special have also visited the fair.
On Wednesday, Aug. 31, country artist Luke Bryan will take the stage. He joined the country music scene about four years ago and is known for hit his songs "All My Friends Say" and "Rain is a Good Thing." He was the top new artist and top new solo vocalist at the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards.

Tickets for Bryan are $38 on the track and $33 in the grandstand.

Three country music veterans comprise the Roots & Boots Tour -- Aaron Tippin, Joe Diffie and Sammy Kershaw. They will perform Thursday, Sept. 1, and can be heard for $33 or $28.

On Friday, Sept. 2, Colt Ford will sing. In a press release, Morgan dubs Ford a "walking, talking 300 pound celebration of country music and country living" who brings together the energy of hip-hop and country music's depth and rootedness.

The McClymonts, a trio of Australian sisters, will open for Ford. Tickets to this show are $20 and $15.

All tickets go on sale Saturday, June 4, and each show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Also in the grandstand, with the usual demolition derbies, tractor pulls and harness racing, will be the return of TNA Wrestling, which was "enormously" popular last year, Morgan says in the release.

New free features will be Zerbini's Big Top Circus, a birds of prey and wildlife tent and expanded petting zoo.

The fair runs from Aug. 26 to Sept. 3. For more information, call 459-3867 or visit www.shencofair.com.

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