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A trio of country acts will take to the stage later this year during the Gage County Fair.

Concerts will kick off Wednesday, July 24 with a performance by Lucas Hoge. The next night Craig Morgan will take the stage with opening act Jason Brown.

Musical acts will conclude Friday, July 26 with a show by Mitchell Tenpenny and opening act McKenzie Tenpenny.

“The entertainment this year again little stronger on country side because that seems to be more popular with the demographic of people who attend the fair,” said Gage County Agriculture Society treasurer Lisa Wiegand. “The fair is supported by good country acts and I think this is a good lineup from what we hope for.

“You always have a budget and I think Craig Morgan, Mitchell Tenpenny and Lucas Hoge will all lend themselves very strong to the fair this year.”

That Saturday will be the annual Eve of Destruction event, followed by Beatrice Speedway races on Sunday, July 28.

Wiegand said the Eve of Destruction is always a crowd favorite, and organizers are planning new activities for the event.

“Back by popular demand is the all-time favorite Eve of Destruction,” she said. “We hope to add a few features in there, some games and things people will take part in during the event.”

Tickets are $10 for Lucas Hoge, $30 for Craig Morgan, $25 for Mitchell Tenpenny, $15 for the Eve of Destruction and $10 for the speedway races.

Children ages 6-11 can attend the Eve of Destruction for $10 and the races for $5. Ages 5 and under are $5 to attend the Eve of Destruction and can attend the races for free.

There will be no passport program this year, which offered a discount for buying tickets to all shows.

Morgan is expected to draw the largest crowd of the music performers when he takes the stage in July 25.

A multi-faceted entertainer, Morgan has made a name for himself as a country music icon, TV personality, celebrated outdoorsman and patriotic Army veteran.

Morgan has charted 25 songs on Billboard with signature hits including “Bonfire,” “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “International Harvester,” “This Ole Boy,” Wake Up Loving You” and the four week number 1, “That's What I Love About Sunday.”

Morgan received one of country music's highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. Prior to becoming a country music star and TV sensation, Morgan spent 17 years in the Army and Army Reserves. Morgan remains an avid supporter of America's military personnel and has made 15 overseas trips to perform for our troops. He is a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award and in 2018 was awarded the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, one of the highest awards the Department of the Army can bestow upon a civilian, in recognition of his significant dedication to our military men and women around the world.

Tenpenny was recently singled out by Billboard as a pick to “break out” by the end of 2018, and as one of Pandora’s Artists to Watch in 2019.

On the heels of his RIAA-certified Gold single, “Drunk Me,” comes Tenpenny’s major label debut album, Telling All My Secrets.

The single earned more than 120 million on-demand streams and surpassed 500,000 certifiable units in the U.S. The New York Times named it one of the best songs of 2018, and the singer claims that he knew the song was special as soon as he recorded it.

Tenpenny first picked up a guitar at the age of 13, and after graduating with a music business degree from Middle Tennessee State University, he began his professional career. The 2015 Black Crow album featured cameos from the SteelDrivers, Ace Frehley and Brian “Head” Welch from Korn. In 2017, his Linden Ave. EP made it to No. 6 on the Billboard “Heatseekers” chart.

He found success as a song writer, co-writing Granger Smith’s Top 10 hit “If the Boot Fits.” Along the way, he has toured with the likes of Maren Morris, Jake Owen, Brett Young, Cole Swindell, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Dustin Lynch.

He released "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” for the holidays, will headline his 12-date Telling All My Secrets Album Release Tour from December through February, and has already been tapped as the opener for Old Dominion’s Make It Sweet Tour in 2019.

Hoge's new album Dirty South ascended to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Country Album Sales chart during its debut week.

Hoge has traveled overseas for the past 10 years performing for troops on the Wrangler National Patriot tour. He’s written TV show theme songs and his song Boom Boom was Number 1 on CMT for 12 weeks.

“Power of Garth” is his first Top 30 on Billboard hit reaching number 29 and was the last single off his Number 1 album.

Hoge made his Grand Ole Opry debut on Nov. 10, 2017 and has returned to perform on the Opry times in 2018.

Tickets for the shows are on sale now. For more information contact the fair office at 402-223-FAIR or visit gagecountyfair.com.

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