Freeborn Co. Fair Entertainment Announcement – Austin Daily Herald
By Sarah Stultz
The Freeborn County Fair Board on Friday announced the grandstand musical entertainment for this year’s fair.
Although most of the artists have been slated for 2020, a new artist has been announced for the Friday of the fair.
The fair kicks off with country music group Sawyer Brown on August 3 and country and gospel quartet The Oak Ridge Boys on August 4. The next day, America’s Got Talent winner Darci Lynne will perform, followed by Gin Blossoms on August 6th. The fair ends on Saturday with Christian band The Newsboys and guest singer Adam Agee.
Reserved seats will go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday on Midwestix.com.
Here is more information about each of the performers:
Sawyer Brown, Tuesday August 3
Sawyer Brown, who had previously performed at the Freeborn County Fair in 2005 and 2013, made his big breakthrough in 1983 by winning the “Star Search” TV show talent competition.
It was named Vocal Group of the Year in 1997 by the Academy of Country Music Awards and was named Vocal Group of the Year each year from 1993 to 1998 by the TNN Music City News Country Music Awards.
It is made up of members Mark Miller, lead singer; Gregg Hubbard at the piano; Shayne Hill on guitar; Joe Smyth on drums and percussion; and Jim Scholten on bass.
Oak Ridge Boys, Wednesday August 4
This will be the seventh time the Oak Ridge Boys have performed at the Freeborn County Fair, bringing with them four decades of singles and 50 years of tradition.
The group’s four-part harmonies and upbeat songs spawned dozens of country hits and a No.1 pop hit, won them Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards, and won a host of other accolades from the industry.
The group earned 12 gold medals, three platinum records and a double platinum album – plus a double platinum single – and recorded over a dozen No.1 national singles and over 30 Top 10 hits. .
Their hit streak includes “Elvira”, “Elvira”, as well as “Bobbie Sue”, “Dream On”, “Thank God for Kids”, “American Made” and “Fancy Free”, among others.
Thursday August 5
The youngest contestant to win “America’s Got Talent,” Darci Lynne has made a name for herself not only as a ventriloquist but also as a singer.
In her youth, she had a shy demeanor that she was able to overcome through talent competitions. She was quickly introduced to the art of ventriloquism and decided to try it for herself.
After only having had her first puppet for two weeks, she was determined to audition for her first talent show, never knowing it would lead to her auditioning for the biggest talent show in the world.
She received the Golden Buzzer during her “America’s Got Talent” audition, sending her straight to the quarterfinals. Her final winning performance has over 87 million views on YouTube “America’s Got Talent” and the most votes for a final performance in the show’s history.
In 2018, she kicked off her nationwide tour, selling her first family headlining show in just six minutes, continually adding shows to meet the overwhelming demand. In the wake of a record 2020, the talented singer and ventriloquist has launched her 2021 national tour “My lips are sealed (except when they are not)”, where she shares her passion for performance and brings her enchanting spectacle. from New York to Nevada.
Friday August 6
American rock band Gin Blossoms was formed in the late 1980s in Arizona and rose to prominence in 1992 after releasing their debut album “New Miserable Experience” and their single “Hey Jealousy”.
This album kept the band on the list for almost three years, along with other songs including “Allison Road”, “Until I Fall Away”, “Mrs. Rita ”and“ Found Out About You, ”according to the group’s biography.
After a brief hiatus, the band reunited again in 2001 and have been on tour ever since, offering a fusion of pop, melodic rock, folk and country elements.
From their hit album until today, they have sold over 10 million records and are one of the most in-demand live artists of the ’90s to start at the end of the grunge era.
An evening with the Newsboys with Adam Agee,
Saturday August 7
The Newsboys originally formed in Australia over three decades ago, spread to the United States, and has since grown into one of the greatest groups in the history of Christian music.
The group has sold over 10 million units and garnered four Grammy nominations, two American Music Award nominations and multiple Dove Awards and move seamlessly between rock and pop, cult and dance, for the delight of their legion of fans.
Newsboys’ energetic live performances and a string of hit singles including “God’s Not Dead”, “We Believe” and “Born Again” continue to make the band one of the genre’s most iconic artists. Their chart-topping single, “God Not Dead,” which inspired Pure Flix’s 2014 hit film of the same name, sparked a movement that inspired a book, three major films and a massive three-year world tour. . Additionally, each year, “The Missions of God Not Dead” now finds Newsboys in partnership with Baja Christian Ministries to serve those living in need in Tijuana, Mexico.
Singer Adam Agee, who was part of the iconic Christian rock band Audio Adrenaline and helped start the ministry called the Hands and Feet Project in Haiti, will join the Newsboys during the fair’s concert.
Following multiple trips to Haiti and a direct visit from the ministry, he began to talk about his experiences on stage. Now, in addition to being a touring solo musician, Agee is also an advocate for child sponsorship and humanitarian organizations.
His music has been featured on television and in major motion picture projects, including the feature film “God Not Dead 2,” various avenues in Major League Baseball, both with teams and in use at the league wide, MLBTV, NFL Network, Sunday Night Football, WWE Wrestling, NHL, US Open Golf, USA Soccer and others. He also partners with Newsboys on annual mission trips with Baja Christian Ministries.