The 70th annual Washington County Fair has announced its entertainment lineup for 2019. The fair kicks off on Monday, Sept. 9, and runs through Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Washington County Fairgrounds.
This year’s fair theme, “Let the Good Times Grow,” will honor traditional country, bluegrass and new country genres as artists take the stage.
The fair’s first performer is still a mystery — WXBQ 96.9 will announce the mystery guest during a live broadcast across radio and social media in partnership with the Washington County Fairgrounds, but you’ll have to stay tuned to know when to expect the reveal. The mystery guest will perform on Monday night to start off the fair.
On Sept. 10, the Dickenson County-bred Church Sisters will perform, bringing their haunting sound to bear on their bluegrass roots. Sarah and Savannah Church are working on their debut album, but they have already collaborated with Grammy Award-winner Carl Jackson on “Orthoponic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited,” which also featured Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton.
Cody Johnson will take the stage on Sept. 11, a Top 10-charting artist who launched his career in country music with his own CoJo label. He has since signed with Warner Music Nashville and is known for rowdy, sold-out concerts and a Garth Brooks swagger.
Sept. 12 brings Brent Cobb to the fairgrounds. His Grammy-nominated album, “Shine On, Rainy Day,” fused storytelling and country soul to become a critical and commercial hit. His sophomore album, 2018’s “Providence Canyon” was recorded in rare breaks from the touring road and brings an even more personal and forward-looking sound.
Confederate Railroad, with decades in the business and over 100 shows a year, will perform on Sept. 13. The band features front man Danny Shirley, drummer Mark Dufresne, bassist and vocalist Mo Thaxton, lead guitarist Rusty Hendrix and keyboards and vocals from Joey Recker. Confederate Railroad will stick around for autographs and photos for their fans, young and old.
Restless Heart, another longtime staple of Americana, will be there on Sept. 14 to end the fair. Their record-shattering hits, including “I’ll Still Be Loving You,” “Fast Movin’ Train” and “When She Cries,” have kept audiences singing along for years, and lead singer Larry Stewart maintains that it’s humbling to feel the impact of the band’s legacy, “to be a part of something that made a mark.”
All tickets for performances went on sale May 30 at https://www.itickets.com/events/425852.html and can also be purchased at Meade Realty in Abingdon. Advance single-day general admission tickets are $8 for adults and $2 for ages 6-12 until Aug. 1. Attendees can also reserve concert seats for $10 or buy season ticket booklets (reserved seating for all performances) for $45 until Sept. 1.
In addition, free musical performances from NoJoes & TooTs Clown Circus will occur every night of the fair — a family-friendly show filled with hilarious and exciting acts and plenty of audience participation. The rest of the fair will feature livestock shows, horse shows, demolition derbies, truck pulls, carnival rides, food, arts and crafts and more.
For more information, visit www.washcofair.com or call 276-628-6222 or 276-628-6233.