Down at the county fair,
Big time, big top, big
crowds, big hair.
There’s nothing bigger all around
The country anywhere
Than the county fair.
This week’s music trivia artist’s “County Fair” lyrics say it all — there’s nothing bigger going on this weekend anywhere than the Northern Gila County Fair.
The 56th fair promises to be a truly “home-grown” event, featuring everything from educational booths, food and music (live music and DJ Craig, too) to floriculture, handicrafts, lapidary, fine arts, photography and a whole bunch of other exhibits and shows.
The fair kicks off on Friday morning and runs through Sunday, culminating with the ever-popular Demolition Derby — always a “smashing” event.
And new this year — the entire fair will be located at the Payson Event Center, which should make it a whole lot more convenient for everyone.
Judging pigs and judging pies,
Fighting for the first-place prize.
And have you seen this year’s queen?
4-H Club and FFA,
working toward a better day. And a petting zoo, yeah,
they got that too.
This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the country music artist whose fair lyrics above appear in the band’s 2004 song, “County Fair?”
This five-member group first formed in Nashville in the early 1990s, with Richie McDonald and John Rich as the lead vocals. Rich left in January 1968 to form “Big & Rich.”
The group earned its first charted hit in 1995 with Top 10 song, “Tequila Talkin’.” Its next release, “No News,” became a number one hit, spending three weeks atop Billboard’s country chart.
Since then, the band has amassed a total of 27 singles on the country charts, with nine of those singles reaching number one. Their biggest hit was 1999s “Amazed,” a crossover song that reached number one on both the country charts and the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the first single to do so since Kenny Rogers’ and Dolly Parton’s “Islands In The Stream” in 1983.
Some of the band’s other number-one recordings were “Come Cryin’ To Me” (1997), “What About Now” (2000) and “I’m Already There” (2001).
In 2001, the band won the Country Music Association’s annual Vocal Group of the Year award.
Is this “County Fair” group: A) Lonestar, B) The Oak Ridge Boys, C) The Bellamy Brothers or D) Wendell Stevens & The Fair Maidens?
This week, if you’re caller number four and have the right answer, you’ll win complimentary tickets to Sunday’s Demolition Derby.
Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: Can you name the popular country duo who sang the 1993 hit, “Hard Workin’ Man?”
Was it A) Montgomery Gentry, B) The Allman Brothers, C Brooks & Dunn or D) Cagney and Lacey?
The correct answer was Brooks & Dunn.
Montgomery Gentry, the country music duo of Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry, was formed in 1999 and now have five number-one country hits to their credit. They won the CMA Vocal Duo of the Year award in 2000, ending Brooks & Dunn’s streak of eight straight consecutive awards.
The Allman Brothers were a five-member southern-rock group popular in the 1970s. Their biggest hit, “Ramblin’ Man” (1973), earned a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Cagney & Lacey is a television series that first aired on the CBS television network for seven seasons from 1982 to1988.
Congratulations to last week’s music trivia winner, Barbara Lindley, who was a music trivia winner just over a year ago. Barb’s husband, Benjamin, has also been a past winner.
See you at the fair!