MALONE -- One of the headliners scheduled to perform at the 157th edition of the Franklin County Fair in August recently won a top award from the Country Music Association.

Rodney Atkins was named Best New Male Artist at the ceremony held in Las Vegas, beating out Craig Morgan and Chris Young.

Atkins, whose album "If You're Going Through Hell" has gone platinum, had two No. 1 singles remain on the Billboard Country chart for weeks.

He is working on a new album, promoting his most recent release, "These Are My People," and touring with Martina McBride.

Atkins will appear at the Coca-Cola Grandstand on Sunday, Aug. 5.

Tickets for the show are $12, and they go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday, June 4, along with tickets for the rest of the 2007 grandstand lineup.

Besides the Atkins concert, country-music star Blaine Larsen will perform Wednesday, Aug. 8; Diamond Rio will play Friday, Aug. 10; and Lover Boy rounds out the shows on Saturday, Aug. 11.

In addition to the musical entertainment, two afternoons of harness racing, a two-day demolition derby, a monster-truck show featuring Big Foot and a tractor pull are expected to attract large crowds.

An added feature at this year's fair is the Dave Martin Championship Bull Ride Mania Rodeo on Thursday, Aug. 9, which claims its events "ain't for the faint."

Audience members will have a chance to win $1,500 in prize money by riding bulls like the professionals.

Children are also invited to participate in the Little Buckaroo Rodeo, where they try to stay astride sheep.

Also planned are the Amusements of America midway rides and games, the traditional 4-H and open horse shows, cattle shows and judging, poultry barn and more.

For information, call 483-0720 or visit the Franklin County Agricultural Society's Web site at www.

frcofair.com.

draymo@pressrepublican.com

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