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Fair draws Bucky Covington

A fund-raiser to benefit Marion County Fire Chiefs’ Association will include three nights of concerts, in conjunction with Marion County Fair, featuring country music recording artists.

Bucky Covington, T. Graham Brown, and Kebo Cyrus will perform during the county fair, July 29-31.

Covington has quickly risen to become a nationally recognized entertainer after his success as a finalist on American Idol. He is enjoying success with numerous hits including “I’ll Walk,” “A Different World,” “It’s Good to Be Us,” and “American Friday Night.”

Brown has been an enduring fixture in the music industry, penning many of his own hits and for other artists. His memorable songs include “The Present,” “Stand Up for Love,” As If You Didn’t Know,” I’m Expecting Miracles,” and “Through the Eyes of a Child.”

Coming from a popular musical family, Kebo Cyrus toured with his brother, Billy Ray, in the 1980s, before striking out on his own. The national recording artist is known for his rocking and energetic performances.

Local favorites, The Greenhorns, will open for Cyrus July 29. Cyrus will be the opening act for Brown July 30 and the opener for Covington July 31.

The fire chiefs’ association has been working closely with Marion County Fair Association to enhance the attendance at the annual fair.

“Marion County Fair Association (MCFA) is very optimistic that bringing in new, exciting entertainment will help increase attendance at the fair,” said Stephanie Richmond, fair manager. “Additionally, we hope to have a wide array of ages attend the concerts and fair. With the state of the economy, we can offer a safe, fun, family environment at an affordable price.”

Ticket prices will be announced at a later date

Marion County Fair begins July 29 and ends Aug. 1 with a demolition derby. The fairgrounds are located in Hillsboro.

“It is important for MCFA to collaborate with other entities because we are able to work together to expand ideas and create change,” Richmond said. “It is important to be able to implement fresh, new ideas so our event options do not become stale.”

Last modified April 15, 2009

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