Boone County Fair strikes gold with country concert

Jon Pardi and Mo Pitney
Jon Pardi and Mo Pitney
Country music fans will be out in force this Saturday night, July 9, to open the 2016 Boone County Fair at the fairgrounds in Albion.
That’s because Saturday night’s concert will feature two top country music performers. In fact, one of them, Jon Pardi, hit number one on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart June 23.
Not only did Pardi’s new album California Sunrise, reach number one, but the lead single from the album, “Head Over Boots,” has entered the Country Airplay top 10, marking another first for the 31-year-old from Northern California.
Pardi co-produced the new album and co-wrote seven of its 12 tracks. He favors traditional county music, which is reflected in the album. He grew up listening to country artists like Alan Jackson, George Strait and Garth Brooks.
An extra large crowd is expected for the 7 p.m. concert, and the VIP section has already sold out.
Opening for Pardi will be country music up-and-comer Mo Pitney, who has recorded favorites like “Country,” “Clean Up on Aisle Five” and “Come Do A Little Life.”
Those attending the concert will get an extra bonus. Their concert ticket is also good for a dance following under the grandstand, with music by the Emmet Bower Band.
The fair continues with special entertainment events through Wednesday evening, July 13:
– Sunday night — Tractor Pulls starting at 5:30 p.m.
– Monday night — Combine Demo Derby, 2-Car Chain Races & Trailer Races starting at 7:30 p.m.
– Tuesday night — Good Old Time Racing (GOTRA), Tuff Trucks Contest & Midwest Classic Racing starting at 7:30 p.m.
– Wednesday night — Super Late Model Racing starting at 7 p.m.
Details in the July 6 Albion News & Petersburg Press, Print and E-Editions.