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    Marion County Fair announces 2017 big name entertainment

    Posted by: Community Services - County Fair

    ​The Marion County Fair will feature 2 nights of solid National acts as part of the 2017 fair. 

    "We're so excited to announce that we have confirmed Night Ranger for Friday, July 7, and Diamond Rio for Saturday, July 8.  We have worked very hard to bring in the best acts possible and we have surely done that this year. We are thrilled with our line-up and very excited to be able to bring a diverse range of musical acts to our fair," said Fair Board Member Joel Conder who spearheads the fair boards effort on big name acts.  ​

    Night Ranger has earned widespread acclaim, multi-platinum and gold album status while leaving their indelible mark on the music charts with a string of best-selling albums (Dawn Patrol, Midnight Madness, 7 Wishes, Big Life and Man in Motion), its popularity fueled by an impressive string of instantly recognizable hit singles and signature album tracks. Producing legendary hits such as "Sister Christian", "Don't Tell Me You Love Me", "When You Close Your Eyes" the anthem "You Can Still) Rock In America", and more. The band was also one of the first big "video" bands, with more than 10 number one videos on MTV.

    Diamond Rio signed to Arista Records and in 1991 with the release of "Meet In The Middle" and became the first country music group in history to reach No. 1 with a debut single.  The band is also known for their hits "How Your Love Makes Me Feel," "One More Day," "Beautiful Mess," "Unbelievable," "In A Week or Two," and more.  They released their first-ever autobiography, Beautiful Mess: The Story of Diamond Rio on Thomas Nelson in 2009.  Diamond Rio's performance on Saturday night will follow the popular Rough Stock Rodeo.

    The Marion County Fair runs July 6 – 9 and is located at the State Fairgrounds.  The four-day event features events and activities such as 4-H and FFA, public competitions, amazing food, commercial shopping, and attractions such as carnival rides, petting zoo, a Rough Stock Rodeo and new this year racing pigs!

    "We're finalizing so many details of the fair," said Jill Ingalls, Fair Event Coordinator.  "Our days are each themed from Honor Day, Awesome Day, Agriculture Day and Family – and each day is packed with activities and fun. New activities are in works, this fair is shaping up to be super. Having the big name acts booked and confirmed this early is icing on the cake!"

    Admission is $9 for adults, $5 for seniors and kids under 5 are free.  Discounts are offered on various days. Parking is free and there is no additional charge for the entertainment or rodeo!  Tickets are available online or at the gate.

    Check out all the details on the new website at and be sure to follow on Facebook and Instagram for updates and contests.  #marioncountyfair

    Marion County Fair Board

    The Marion County Fair is run by a seven-member board. The board makes decisions on how to operate the fair based on the strategic plan, which is updated annually. The board is governed by bylaws and a management agreement with Marion County. 

    The Marion County Fair has been a proud tradition since 1860!  The mission of the fair is to promote the diverse agricultural and cultural heritage of Marion County through active participation of its citizens.​

    Marion County Fair announces 2017 big name entertainment
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