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April 11, 2012

Lonestar headlining Allegany fair

Online ticket sales under way for July 16 show and July 17 performance by drummer Colt Ford

CUMBERLAND — Country music stars Lonestar and Colt Ford will perform at this year’s Allegany County Fair & Ag Expo and tickets are on sale online at www.alleganycofair.org.

This year’s fair will open July 14 with rides running at 3 p.m., dirt drag races for cars and trucks at 5 p.m. and a mud bog at 7 p.m.

On July 15, rides will be offered for a $12 pay one price from 3 p.m. until closing. Admission will be free and  local bands will perform. The vespers service and Farm Queen contest will begin at 7 p.m., followed by  fireworks at 10 p.m.

Lonestar will perform at 7:30 p.m. July 16. The multiplatinum group has reunited with original lead singer Richie McDonald and will tour and record a new album to mark its 20th anniversary.  

Original members also include keyboardist Dean Sams, drummer Keech Rainwater and lead guitarist Michael Britt. The Texas-bred band is known for merging its country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals.

In addition to garnering music accolades, Lonestar has been lauded for its continuous outreach of humanitarian goodwill. The band was recognized by The Academy of Country Music with the coveted Home Depot Humanitarian Award in 2003 and has raised funds for America’s military forces and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, to mention only a few of its ongoing charitable interests.

Colt Ford will appear in the grandstands at 7:30 p.m. July 17. The drummer is known for singing and talking honestly about the country life he and his devoted audiences have in common.

The Academy of Country Music Award nominee’s style of rhythmic sing-speak has been a part of country music for ages. The Athens, Ga., native’s latest album, “Every Chance I Get,” is a collection of backwoods boogies, rebel yells and even a sentimental ballad or two.

The fair continues with free admission July 18 and Oldies group AM Radio at 7:30 p.m.; Super Stock Tractor, Diesel Truck and Semi Truck Pull on July 19 at 7:30 p.m.; Four-Cylinder and Full-Size Pickup Truck Demolition Derbies on July 20 at 7:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at 10:45 p.m.; and Four-Cylinder and Eight-Cylinder Demolition Derbies on July 21 at 7 p.m.

Free acts include The Great Little Bear Show and magician and balloon artist Denny Huber.

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