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Allen County Fair Announce Headliner


Josh Turner

With Special Guest Thompson Square

  to Appear at 2013 Allen County Fair

 The man who made the hit song "Long Black Train" famous is coming to the 2013 Allen County Fair, Lima, Ohio.  Josh Turner, one of the most recognizable country artists will play the grandstand stage Sunday, August 18 at 8 pm.   Since his numerous CMA, ACM and Grammy nominations, Turner has sold more than five million albums and garnered four number one hits, including three multi week chart toppers "Your Man", "Would You Go With Me" and "Why Don't We Just Dance".

 We're excited to have Josh Turner at the Fair, said David F. Grimm, General Manager.  His music will appeal to anyone who likes country music.  What a voice, song writer and overall great showman.  It will be an evening to remember".

 Opening for Turner will be Thompson Square, the reigning CMA and ACM "Vocal Duo of the Year.   The husband wife duo is tearing up the charts.  Their #1 smash "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" was nominated for two 2012 Grammy Awards, including Best Country Song and Best Country Duo/Group Vocal performance.


Grimm added, "To have a band like Thompson Square on the stage with Josh, makes the show even better.  This will be a power packed evening of great music."


A Hannah, S.C. native, Turner has been songwriting and performing since he was a young child, and in support of music education, created The Josh Turner Scholarship Fund to assist students interested in pursuing a future in arts/music. As a high school student, he had very little access to music education, therefore realizes first-hand the importance of arts in the schools.


Celebrating one of his fastest-rising singles-to-date, "Time Is Love," Turner released his fifth studio album, Punching Bag on June 12, 2012 which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. The Associated Press says, "With Punching Bag, Turner once again proves he ranks among the most effective – and most hard-core country – performers of his generation." On August 27, 2012 he released a live album exclusively with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Live Across America. The album was recorded at live shows from Lancaster, PA to Kansas City, MO and more.



Tickets for the show go on sale Saturday, March 16 at 9 am at, at the Fair Administration Office or by calling 419-228-7141. All tickets are reserved, tickets are $40 for AAA section, $37 for Track section, and $33 for Bleacher or Grandstand seating; tickets prices include all service charges.  Tickets do not include gate admission to the Fair, for patrons 9 and over. Gate admission tickets can be purchased when buying concert tickets, making it faster to enter the Fair on concert night.


The Allen County Fair is located on Rt. 309, Lima, OH, just east of Exit 125 off I-75. The Fair is the third largest in Ohio and had an attendance of 190,000 in 2012. The Fair mixes a wide array of excitement including big name concerts, agricultural shows, great free attractions, commercial exhibits and nearly 100 food stands. The fair will run August 16-24 from 8 am – 11pm daily.


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