Injury causes shift in fair programming

Clint Black AP

One of the most anticipated musical performances at Shenandoah County Fair this year has been canceled.

Clint Black will be unable to perform his scheduled show at 7:30 p.m. Thursday after suffering a back injury at a performance last week. A news release from Black’s agent said that minor surgery for the injury will keep him from his scheduled shows until Sept. 9.

Fair manager Tom Eshelman said that all ticketholders have received an email about the change and can choose either a full refund or a trade-in ticket to see Cole Swindell perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Ticketholders have until Monday night to claim a Cole Swindell ticket or until the Wednesday showtime to claim a refund.

Black was one of four popular musicians coming to the fair to perform at the fairground’s grandstand for the first time. A long-established country star, his 21st album “On Purpose” is set for release on Sept. 25.

Eshelman said, “It’s a major night of grandstand entertainment that we lost. There will be a slight setback but it won’t be anything we can’t handle.”

The fair had sold more than 1,000 tickets for Black’s show, and within the short time period of the announcement, Eshelman said around a third of ticketholders have already responded to the emails sent out.

Shenandoah Valley bluegrass band Nothin’ Fancy will be taking the stage at the Thursday evening timeslot. Track and grandstand tickets are both $10 and Eshelman said that more than 100 people have bought tickets to see the group so far.

“It’s going very smoothly,” he said. “It’s an inconvenience, but it’s going very smoothly.”

Black will return to his tour on Sept. 9 for his performance in Nashville at the Polk Theatre.

“We wish him well, we hope he recovers well,” Eshelman said.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com