Wednesday, November 24th, 2021

Fair announces 2022 performers

By William Kincaid
CELINA - Country stars Collin Raye, Sammy Kershaw and Aaron Tippin, along with special guest Colt Ford, will bring the Roots & Boots tour to the Mercer County Fair on Aug. 12.
The fair also will host Grammy Award-winning Christian group For King and Country and special guest Gable Price and Friends on Aug. 13, fair manager Cara Muhlenkamp confirmed Tuesday.
Tickets for both shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 10 at
Fair officials hope for another sold out country concert with the package of Raye, Kershaw, Tippin and Ford that's sure to kick up some dust.
"This Roots & Boots has been an interest of board members to bring here. We felt like it was a good fit for the crowd we've been having and the ticket-buyers," Muhlenkamp said.
Muhlenkamp was just as excited to announce this year's Christian concert performer - For King and Country.
"It's incredible to me to see the quality of acts that we're getting," she said. "These are large arena shows that we are bringing here for our Christian patrons."
Roots & Boots tickets are $35 for grandstand, $50 for track, box and handicap areas and $60 for the standing-only party pit. Fair officials have increased the amount of available track and party pit seats, boosting total show capacity to roughly 4,000 people, Muhlenkamp said.
For King and Country tickets are $30 for grandstand, $30 for handicap area and $40 for track and box area seating.
Last year the fair's country double-bill of Sawyer Brown and BlackHawk sold out. Also, Grammy Award-winning, platinum-selling Casting Crowns was well received the next night, proving to be the fair's most successful Christian concert yet, Muhlenkamp said.
The fair has firmly established its reputation for offering popular country shows that have been appreciated by music fans from the area and beyond.
"It's definitely a fun way to kick off the start of the fair and it kind of feels like it sets the tone, and builds the energy up for it," Muhlenkamp said of the country shows held on the first day of the fair.
The annual Christian concert has grown by leaps and bounds in popularity due a groundswell of local support, Muhlenkamp said.
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