Rising country music star Cassadee Pope will headline this year’s Warren County A&L Fair as the top musical act. She’s set to perform Thursday night, Sept. 17, beginning at 7 p.m.
“We’re anticipating a big crowd,” said fair president Kenneth Medlen. “Several people on our fair board have heard her sing and say she’s very good.”
Pope grabbed the national spotlight when she won on season three of the TV show “The Voice.” She’s opened for country band Rascal Flatts and her album “Frame by Frame” has made its way up the country charts. Her music video for “Wasting All These Tears” has garnered over 5 million views.
Fair dates are Sept. 11-19. Fair books were distributed around town Monday and are available at local banks and several area businesses.
Opening night, which is Friday, Sept. 11, will include the Pre-Teen Fairest of the Fair Pageant.
Two new events will debut Saturday, Sept. 12. There will be a charity cornhole tournament and a performance from the Viola-based On the Road Again Show. The cornhole tournament costs $50 to enter and all money will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
Also new this year is a Kids Talent Show to be held Wednesday night, Sept. 16. The Southern Baptist Association previously held that time slot at the grandstand and had booked Christian-themed entertainment, but has decided not to do that this year. The talent show is open to those 17 and under.
A petting zoo will makes its return to the fair after a two-year hiatus. Among other animals, the petting zoo will feature a baby camel about six feet tall.
Although the fair book indicates Yorozu has reserved the carnival area on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Medlen says that won’t happen.
“They have called and said they’re just too busy to take that Saturday,” said Medlen. “I’ve been in contact with the carnival and we’re working on something to open it up to everybody at that time.”
One popular aspect that remains unchanged is there will be no charge for admission.
“There’s no charge to get in and no charge for parking so you can walk around all day and not pay anything,” said Medlen.