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Update: App. Fair organizers hoping for more than 200K people

June 10th, 2014 9:40 pm by Tony Casey

Update: App. Fair organizers hoping for more than 200K people

Appalachian Fair manager Phil Booher at Tuesday's press conference where the entertainment lineup for this year's fair was announced. (Tony Casey/Johnson City Press)

Monster trucks, tractor pulls, contemporary Christian and country tunes, corn hole and more -— get ready for the 2014 Appalachian Fair.

Tuesday, fair organizers announced the entertainment lineup for this year’s event, which includes Main Stage performers Tyler Farr, Thomas Rhett, Parmalee, Craig Morgan, Chase Rice, For King and Country and Francesca Battistelli, playing in that order, Monday through Saturday evenings, Aug. 18-23.

Bill Hagy, operations manager for WXBQ, the Main Stage sponsor, said in a news conference he was excited to have such a strong group of musicians performing this year, especially after last year’s high bar set by Florida Georgia Line and the top acts who have performed on the fairground’s main stage in years past.

“We’ve kind of made our place in entertainment by having newer artists and then shortly after they’re here, they explode on the scene,” Hagy said. “A couple of past performers that have been here that have had stellar careers have been Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw.”

Aside from the headlining musical acts, there will also be other acts for attendees’ viewing pleasure. The Museum Stage will host, in order from Monday to Saturday: Fairest of the Fair, Little Miss Contest, Battle of the Bands, Youth Talent Contest, “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Appalachian Fair’s Got Talent.”

In the arena throughout fair week there will be monster truck racing, tractor and truck pull competitions, and a demolition derby on the weekend nights. There will also be a Watermelon Jaw competition, corn hole tournament, Wool and Woolies Revue, abd baby show as well as livestock contests. For the thrill seekers, there will also be a new ride called the Skydiver, which reaches heights of 110 feet.

Booher said with all that will be going on during fair week, he hopes for another big attendance at the event, shooting for 240,000-250,000 people going through the gates throughout the week, which is higher than the 239,000 that attended last year. But other elements play into that with the biggest, obviously, being the weather for the outdoor festival. Hagy said the musical lineup gives the fair a chance to break their attendance record again.

“We hope to having another record-breaking crowd this year,” Hagy said.

More information, including the specific time for each event, can be found at the fair’s website at www.appalachianfair.com, where entry forms to the competitions can be found. Advance tickets for rides and concerts as well as parking passes go on sale on July 26. Ticket office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Aug. 17 from 1-7 p.m.

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Reported earlier:

Monster trucks, tractor pulls, contemporary Christian and country tunes, corn hole and more — get ready for the 2014 Appalachian Fair.

Tuesday, fair organizers announced the entertainment lineup for this year’s event, which includes Main Stage performers Tyler Farr, Thomas Rhett, Parmalee, Craig Morgan, Chase Rice, For King and Country and Francesca Battistelli, playing in that order, Monday through Saturday evening.

Bill Hagy, operations manager for WXBQ (96.9), the Main Stage sponsor, said in a news conference he was excited to have such a strong group of musicians performing this year, especially after last year’s high bar set by Florida Georgia Line and the top acts that have performed on the fairground’s main stage in years past.

“We’ve kind of made our place in entertainment by having newer artists and then shortly after they’re here, they explode on the scene,” Hagy said. “A couple of past performers that have been here that have had stellar careers have been Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw.”

Keep visiting JohnsonCityPress.com for more details about the fair lineup.

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