Washington County, Va. 2019 fair lineup announced; Tickets go on sale today

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The Washington County Fair has announced the 2019 entertainment lineup for the 70th annual fair. The main stage features artists from New Country, Bluegrass, and Traditional Country genres.

This year’s theme is “Let The Good Times Grow.” 

The fair kicks off on Monday, Sept. 9, and runs through Saturday, Sept. 14.  

Monday, September 9th – Monday night Mystery Guest brought to you by WXBQ 96.9. Stay tuned to WXBQ and Washington County Fairgrounds website and social media for the announcement of the mystery guest. 

Tuesday, September 10th – Church Sisters. Originally from the coal mining district of Dickinson County, VA and then Danville, VA, The Church Sisters’ mesmerizing music chronicles their childhood with a haunting sound and blue-grass twist. Their roots extend through Bluegrass and Gospel, performing alongside legendary acts from a young age. The duo is featured on Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited, which was co-produced by Grammy® Award-winner and mentor, Carl Jackson. The Church Sisters delivered with “Where We’ll Never Grow Old,” one of the tracks on the two-disc project that also features legendary artists Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton. They recently released a moving cover of Lukas Graham’s megahit “7 Years.” The song continues to see airplay at SiriusXM and comes to life in the girls’ first music video. Sarah and Savannah are currently in the studio with Grammy Award-winning producer Julian Raymond working on their debut project for The Valory Music Co. 

Wednesday, September 11th – Cody Johnson. After landing two releases in the Top 10 of Billboard’s country albums chart on his own CoJo label and selling 74,000 tickets for a single show, to earn recognition as the only unsigned artist in history to sell out NRG Stadium at RodeoHouston, one of Texas’ most-sought-after talents finally agreed to sign with a major label. Warner Music Nashville won a Music Row sweepstakes and enticed Johnson – who’d turned down several majors before – to join the team and take a shot at turning a concert success story into one with multimedia, national hit-making cred. Johnson’s passionate, rowdy concerts have already drawn comparisons to Garth Brooks, and the music from his previous albums – inspired by ‘90s country foundations but built for the 21st century – has made him a familiar presence on Texas and Oklahoma red-dirt radio. It’s Cody Johnson’s time. 

Thursday, September 12th – Brent Cobb. With a Grammy-nominated album under his belt, Brent Cobb spent most of 2017 on the road, touring behind his major label debut, Shine On Rainy Day. It was a hard time to not be inspired. Anchored by southern storytelling and swampy, country-soul swagger, Shine On Rainy Day had become a critical and commercial hit, earning Cobb a long string of shows with artists like Chris Stapleton and Margo Price. He embraced the road-warrior lifestyle, picking up ideas for new songs every time his band hit the highway. Somewhere between the whirl of shows, hotels, and truck stops, Providence Canyon began taking shape. During breaks in the band’s schedule, Cobb would return to Nashville—his hometown for a decade, ever since he left his childhood stomping grounds of rural Georgia—and head over to RCA Studio A. There, in an historic studio run by his cousin, producer Dave Cobb, he brewed up a sound that nodded to his previous material while still pushing forward. The songs were faster. More upbeat. More personal, too. Together, they formed his sophomore album, 2018’s Providence Canyon.

Friday, September 13th – Confederate Railroad. From rowdy country to raw emotion, a Confederate Railroad concert today covers a wide range of feelings. Young people will be there rocking to “Trashy Women”, while their parents and even grandparents will likely be singing along to “Jesus and Mama”. The band plays 100 or so dates each year. Whatever the venue, they are right at home…be it a fair, a club, or a biker show. Shirley, the lead singer and vocalist, and his mates, Mark Dufresne on drums, Mo Thaxton on bass and vocals, Rusty Hendrix on lead guitar and Joey Recker on keyboards and vocals are obviously having fun right along with their appreciative audience. At the end of each show, the band stays around until every fan who wants an autograph, or to pose with the group for a
picture or just say “hello” is taken care of. Headed by founder and front man Danny Shirley, the former backup band for both David Allan Coe and Johnny Paycheck got their big break by signing with Atlantic Records. 

Saturday, September 14th – Restless Heart. Thirty Years and Those Musical “Wheels” are Still Going Strong. For years, audiences have sung along with their record-shattering string of hits, such as “I’ll Still Be Loving You,” “Fast Movin’ Train” and “When She Cries.” Restless Heart lead singer Larry Stewart says it’s humbling to know Restless Heart has made an impact. “I’m proud of the fact that we get to hear stories from young artists and musicians that we might have made an impression or inspiring them to come to town – having number one records and hearing the stories of what they meant to people. To know that you have been a part of something that made a difference, the power of music, the power of a song. To be a part of something that made a mark. However big or small of a mark Restless Heart made, it’s still a mark. To be able to appreciate and feel blessed that we got lucky enough to get together. I feel like it was something that was meant to be.” And, the story is far from over, as Stewart says Restless Heart still has a lot of history to make.

The nightly grounds attraction: NoJoes & TooTs Clown Circus 
The laughs never end with this interactive circus-comedy show filled with fun, excitement, and hilarious entertainment. Through this show, the performance along with the audience participation guarantees a family-friendly atmosphere exciting for all ages. Together, this father and son duo have performed and toured across America together for more than 10 years, gaining the title of “Clowns of the Year.” NoJoes and TooTs Clown Circus is sure to make the whole family laugh.
This is a free show with price of admission. 

Ticket Information – 70th Anniversary Special Ticket Pricing
Tickets go on sale 10:00 am today at the following link or Meade Realty, Abingdon.
Single Day General Admission Tickets – Advance Adult tickets discounted to $8.00, Kids tickets $2.00 Ages 6-12 until August 1, 2019.
Reserved Seats for Concert – $10.00.  
Season Ticket Booklets $45.00 until September 1, 2019

For more information visit www.washcofair.com or call 276-628-6222 | 276-628-6233.

The Washington County Fair is a family friendly event in Abingdon, VA that has grown to be a permanent and well recognized part Washington County. For 70 years the fair has hosted a variety of events and fun activities, such as Music Concerts, Livestock Shows, Horse Shows, Demolition Derby, Truck Pull, School Days, Senior Day, Carnival Rides, Food, Commercial Exhibits, Educational Exhibits, Arts, Crafts, and Old McDonald’s Petty Zoo plus other special events.  

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