Grammy nominee David Nail will highlight Fair
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 9:39 AM
Grammy nominated David Nail was recently booked as Friday night’s grandstand entertainment for the Winneshiek County Fair.
“We’re real excited. He’s an up and coming entertainer,” said Fair Board member DeAnn Christopher.
The Fair begins Tuesday, July 8, and runs through Saturday, July 12.
Nail will take the stage at 7 p.m. Friday, July 11. Since his debut in 2009, Nail has had hits with singles about cheating (“Let it Rain”), breakups (“Red Light”) and failed dreams (“Turning Home”).
“Let it Rain” was Nail’s first No. 1 single on his critically acclaimed “The Sound of a Million Dreams” released in 2011. A native of Missouri, Nail has written four of the 11 tracks on his third album “I’m a Fire.” He also pays tribute to one of his heroes, Glen Campbell, by closing the album with his version of Campbell’s classic “Galveston,” with help from Lee Ann Womack.
New stage set up
Christopher said there will be a new stage set up for the Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday night performances.
“We are planning a new stage which will allow for more space for the audience and a better view from the entire grandstand,” Christopher said.
Fair buttons, which provide admittance to all grandstand entertainment, go on sale starting May 19. Buttons are $20 before the Fair and $25 during Fair week.
“It’s good for every night,” Christopher said.
The Fair kicks off Tuesday. The Bill Riley Talent Show is Tuesday afternoon. Opening ceremonies with the VFW begin at 3:30 p.m. followed by the fair queen coronation. The Distinguished Service Award will be presented afterward, and the Jim Busta Band gives a free performance from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Judging for the Winneshiek Medical Center’s “William Smith beard look-alike” contest begins at 6:30 p.m. in the grandstand. The contest is in conjunction with 100-year anniversary of Winneshiek Medical Center.
Cory Farley, the son of Brenda Kreitzer and Joe Farley, both of Decorah, performs in the grandstand Tuesday night. His current album “Songs From the Bed of My Truck” contains 11 original songs, 10 of which were solely written by Farley, who grew up in rural Decorah and now lives in Nashville.
Country music hit-maker Jason Michael Carroll from Youngsville, N.C. takes the stage Wednesday night. He is gearing up to release his first new album since 2011, featuring the single “Close Enough.”
After being discovered at a local talent competition in 2004 and later signed to the Arista Nashville label in 2006, Carroll released his debut album “Waitin’ In The Country.” The album produced three Top 40 hits, including “Alyssa Lies,” “Livin’ Our Love Song,” and “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead” and soared to number one on the US Country charts, selling nearly half a million copies. Both of Carroll’s following albums, “Growing Up Is Getting Old” and “Numbers” have charted on the Billboard Top 200.
He has opened for Brooks & Dunn, Trace Adkins and Alan Jackson, and was a featured part of Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride’s 2008 tour. He has also performed on Good Morning America, at the CMA Music Festival and at the Grand Ole Opry.
The always popular Upper Iowa Speedway stock car races are the featured entertainment Thursday night, and CC Bulls and Barrels return to the grandstand Saturday night.
For more information, visit the Fair’s new website, winneshiekcountyfair.org.