Headlining this year’s Chippewa County Fair musical entertainment lineup is country superstar John Michael Montgomery. This year marks his 25th anniversary as a successful solo artist. Montgomery rose to fame during the 1990s by putting together a string of chart topping hits, including such country classics as “I Swear” and “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident).” Montgomery was exposed to music from an early age as his parents were musically talented. When he was old enough, he performed alongside his parents in a family musical act. After his parents divorced, Montgomery took over the lead vocalist role in the band. Later, Montgomery joined his brother in a group called Montgomery Gentry. In 1992, he made the decision to become a solo performer. Montgomery’s first album was produced that year. It was called “Life’s a Dance” and yielded his first number one hit, “I Love the Way You Love Me.” Six more number one hits would follow, including “I Swear,” “Be My Baby Tonight,” “If You’ve Got Love,” “I Can Love You Like That,” and “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident.” Montgomery will perform at the fair on Thursday evening, July 27. The concert gates will open at 7 p.m., and area favorite Hicktown Mafia will open the show at 8 p.m.
Other entertainers slated to perform at this year’s fair are: • Perennial fair favorite Johnny Holm returns for a performance on Wednesday, July 26, for an 8 p.m. performance. • The Charlie Roth Band performs on Thursday afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. • On Friday, The Church of Cash makes their first appearance at the fair. They will perform from 4 to 6 p.m., playing all the great hits of Johnny Cash. • Also on Friday, local country band the Canyon Cowboys will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. • On Saturday, local group The Hep Cats will perform their brand of classic rock and blues from 4 to 8 p.m. • At 8:30 p.m. on Friday, longtime regional favorite Eclipse will be rocking the fairgrounds. In addition to the many musical acts that are sure to please fairgoers with their variety, the fair has a full slate of activities and events for people of all ages to enjoy. 4H will once again be exhibiting all kinds of animals and putting on many demonstrations. The 4H horse show begins at 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning. The 2nd Annual Burnout Contest will be held at Adams Motor Co. at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. The carnival also opens on Wednesday and will run for the entire fair, with wrist bands available for evening hours. A tractor pull will be held on Saturday evening. The competition gets underway at 6 p.m. There is certainly something for everyone at this year’s Chippewa County Fair! Check out the fair’s website <www.chippewacofair.com> for all the details about this year’s fair.