Country music headliners and returning grandstand favorites will be the highlight entertainment at the 2018 Gage County Fair.
The annual fair will be held in Gage County from July 25-29.
Festivities will kick off Wednesday, July 25, with the band Two Way Crossing.
The following evening, Josh Turner will take the stage, with LANCO wrapping up music entertainment on Friday, July 27.
The annual Eve of Destruction will be held on Saturday, July 29. Fair entertainment organizer Lisa Wiegand said the event, which has included things like trailer races and a rollover contest, is a crowd pleaser.
“The Eve of Destruction is always a crowd favorite,” she said. “It’s a fun show. You can’t help be excited when planning for the fair and that opportunity for people to come to our community from all around the area. We pull a lot of business out of Kansas and Missouri because we’re so situated here by the state line.”
Wiegand added that Turner’s Thursday performance, which features opening act Jay Allen, will be another high point of the fair.
“Were really excited about the lineup,” she said. “We’ve brought a variety and Thursday having Josh Turner, that will be a great show that we know will be a very popular show with all ages.”
Turner is a multi-platinum Nashville recording artist. He has sold more than 8 million units, is a disciple of traditional country music and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry.
From his 2003 platinum-selling debut, “Long Black Train,” to his most recent 2017 Billboard number one release, “Deep South,” Turner has garnered multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM nominations.
Turner’s hits include “Your Man,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Firecracker,” “Would You Go with Me,” “All Over Me,” and “Time Is Love,” the most played country song of 2012, according to a press release.
Turner released his sixth studio album, “Deep South,” in March featuring the number one hit single, “Hometown Girl.”
“I’ve lived a lot of life since the release of my last album and I’ve learned a lot during the making of this album,” he said in a press release. “I have grown as a writer and as an artist. It’s been cool to see this culmination of life and lessons and age boiled down into this project and I am really proud of ‘Deep South.’”
Turner wrote four of the 11 tracks on the album. He’s also published a book, “Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood,” which was released in 2014.
As highlighted in the book, the Hannah, S.C. native has been songwriting and performing since he was a young child, and in support of music education, created the Josh Turner Scholarship Fund to assist students interested in pursuing a future in arts and music.
LANCO will perform the Friday evening of the fair and feature opening act State Line Drive.
Lancaster & Company, better known as LANCO, is Brandon Lancaster (lead vocals), Chandler Baldwin (bass), Jared Hampton (keyboards, banjo), Tripp Howell (drums) and Eric Steedly (lead guitar).
Formed in 2012, LANCO was born of a chance meeting between Howell and Nashville native, Lancaster – each performing in bands at the same festival – just as Howell was readying a move to Music City the same week that Lancaster was returning from college. Once in Nashville, Lancaster met Steedly through mutual friends, while Hampton and Baldwin followed shortly thereafter.
Mining a catalog of songs written by Lancaster, the group began to develop its sound. Making the most of Howell’s day job in a carpet warehouse, the group would slip in at night to rehearse on the little-traveled second level, loading their gear up and down with a forklift until they realized they could safely hide it with carpet between rehearsals.
But it was Lancaster’s side job – working a concession stand at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena – that opened a big door for the band when he spotted producer Jay Joyce at a concert in 2014.
The conversation brought an invitation from Joyce for Lancaster to share some songs that he’d written, and shortly thereafter, for a band audition.
The first result of their collaboration is LANCO’s four-song, self-titled "EP." Featured tracks include the lead single, “Long Live Tonight,” as well as “We Do,” “American Love Story” and “Trouble Maker.”
“Again, the quality of this show will be excellent,” Wiegand said. “To have these kind of high-caliber acts come to Gage County, we’re very fortunate.”
Tickets to Two Way Crossing will cost $5, Josh Turner will be $35 and LANCO $25. Admission to Eve of Destruction will cost $15, and Sunday evening’s speedway races will cost $10.
Unlike in past years, there is no “passport” option to purchase tickets to all music shows at a reduced rate.
For ticket information, visit www.gagecountyfair.com.