John Lamb, Published February 17 2010
Red River Valley Fair features old, new acts
Grandstand headliners for the event, which runs July 9-17 include tried-and-true acts like Tesla and Sawyer Brown as well as rising stars like Rodney Atkins and Steel Magnolia.
“We’re very excited about the lineup for the 2010 Red River Valley Fair,” Fair General Manager Bryan Schulz said during a Tuesday afternoon news conference.
The grandstand lineup features:
- July 9: Country singers Rodney Atkins and Glen Templeton
- July 10: 1980s rockers Tesla.
- July 11: RRVF and WE Fest regulars Sawyer Brown returning to the fair for the first time since 2006.
- July 12: Rising Nashville stars Jake Owen and LoCash Cowboys.
- July 13: Emerging country vocal groups Stealing Angels and Steel Magnolia, the winners of CMT’s “Can You Duet?”
- July 15: Minneapolis-based ’80s hard-rock tribute act Hairball.
- July 16: ’70s pop rockers Little River Band.
The RRVF ends on July 17 with a monster truck show.
Schulz said the emphasis was on vintage acts and hopeful rising stars because they fit into the RRVF’s budget of $30,000 to $40,000 per bill, adding many emerging rock acts are “way out of our realm in cost.”
He said last year the best draw was the then-emerging Zac Brown Band and Julianne Hough, which pulled in 15,000 people, the most for a fair concert in about a decade, Schulz said.
Overall attendance was up 35,000 at the fair to about 125,000. He said the fair also made between $250,000 and $260,000 in 2009, up from a $50,000 profit in 2008.
Schulz also announced an exhibit of animatronic dinosaurs on the grounds.
Again this year the grandstand shows are free with gate admission, $7 for adults, $3 for kids ages 6 to 11 and free for kids ages 5 and younger. Mega Passes, which cover admission and unlimited carnival rides are $50 through May and $60 from June 1 on. The Fun Pack, $40, also covers nine admission tickets.
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