By DENISE A. RAYMO
---- — MALONE — Country-music superstar Vince Gill and the Little River Band headline the grandstand entertainment this summer at the 163rd edition of the Franklin County Fair.
Dale Chapin, president of the Franklin County Agricultural Society Board of Directors, made the announcement this week to round out acts for the fair, which is Aug. 3 to 11.
Gill is one of the most successful country performers in history, having won 20 Grammy Awards and 18 awards — including Entertainer of the Year twice — from the Country Music Association.
He will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, and perform a number of his hits, among them “I Still Believe in You,” “Look at Us,” “Restless” and “When I Call Your Name.”
Married to Christian artist Amy Grant, Gill is a popular duet performer and teamed with Sara Evans, Reba McEntire, Bonnie Tyler and, most recently, in November 2012 with Kelly Clarkson for her greatest-hits collection.
The multi-talented musician was also part of Pure Prairie League, which hit in the 1970s with “Aimee” and “Let Me Love You Tonight.”
He became a solo artist in 1983.
LITTLE RIVER BAND
Chapin said Gill will be one of the most expensive entertainers the board has brought to Malone, so, while ticket prices have not yet been set, they will be a little higher for that show.
“People go to Montreal and pay $40 or $50 bucks, but they can see him here, so it’s still a good price,” he said.
Tickets go on sale June 1, he said.
The fair office is closed until April 1, but Chapin said updates on the fair are on the agency’s Facebook page.
Little River Band had Top 10 consecutive hits to set a record in the music industry with songs including “Lady,” “Happy Anniversary,” “Lonesome Loser,” “Take It Easy on Me,” “The Other Guy” and “Man on Your Mind.”
Some of their most-often played tunes even today are “Reminiscing,” “Cool Change” and “Help is on the Way.”
The band, which formed in Australia in 1975, will play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10.
Here’s the complete grandstand lineup:
Saturday, Aug. 3: Demolition Derby elimination round, 5 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 4: Adirondack Tractor Pullers tractor and modified-truck pull, 2 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 5: Demolition Derby finals, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 6: Antique-tractor, enhanced tractor and street-legal truck pull, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 7: Tony Peterson Hell Drivers daredevil show, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 8: Hometown parade, 6 p.m.; Franklin County Has Talent Show, 7 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 9: Vince Gill concert, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 10: Little River Band concert, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 11: Painted Pony Rodeo, 4 p.m.
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