WV State Fair begins today with big-name talent

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Country star Martina McBride returns to West Virginia to perform August 11 at the West Virginia State Fair.
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Americana stars Old Crow Medicine Show bring their mix of old-time, bluegrass, folk and alt-country to the WV State Fair August 17.
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Casting Crowns change the musical pace at the West Virginia State Fair August 12 with a night of Contemporary Christian music and Christian rock.

The West Virginia State Fair returns to Fairlea in Greenbrier County with 10 days celebrating agriculture, crafts and Mountain State life.

Along with the carnival rides, livestock shows and canned food competitions, the fair welcomes 10 days and nights of entertainment.

n The WV State Fair’s concert series begins tonight with heavy metal vocalist turned country star Aaron Lewis, along with Ray Scott.

Lewis is the lead singer for the rock band Staind, who branched out several years ago as a country solo artist. His country hits include “Country Boy,” “Grandaddy’s Gun” and “That Ain’t Country.”

Scott, also a country singer, is best known for hits like “My Kind of Music,” “Gone Either Way,” and most recently, “Livin’ This Way.”

Tickets are $25 to $32.

n Friday, country superstars Martina McBride and Josh Turner come to the state fair.

McBride, a multi-CMT and ACM award-winner, has been a solid county music hitmaker since the early 1990s.

Some of her top hits include, “Wild Angels,” “Wrong Again,” “I Love You,” and “Blessed.” Her most recent record was “Reckless,” released in April of 2016.

Josh Turner is a platinum selling country artist. His hits include “Your Man,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” and “Hometown Girl.”

Turner released his sixth studio record, “Deep South,” in March of 2017.

Ticket prices range from $32 to $42.

n Saturday, Christian rockers Casting Crowns perform.

Active since the late 1990s, the Georgia-based band has released seven studio albums, two independent records, and a holiday album.

The group’s hits include “Lifesong,” “Praise You in the Storm,” and “Courageous.”

Their latest record is “The Very Next Thing,” released in September of 2016.

Tickets for Casting Crowns start at $25.

n Sunday, the WV State Fair welcomes country stars Clay Walker and John Michael Montgomery.

Walker’s best-known hits include “What’s It To You,” “Rumor Has It,” and “She Won’t Be Lonely Long.”

Montgomery hits include “I Love The Way You Love Me,” “I Swear,” and “I Can Love You Like That.”

Tickets are $22 to $30.

n Monday, it’s Luke Combs, following Twilight Harness Racing.

Combs is a young, up and coming country singer from North Carolina. Since 2014, he has released three EPs and one full-length record, “This One’s For You,” which came out in June of 2017.

His hits include “Hurricane” and “When It Rains It Pours.”

This show is free with paid gate admission.

n Tuesday, Jimmy Fortune comes to the fair, following Twilight Harness Racing.

Fortune was a member of the Statler Brothers. He joined the group in 1982 and performed with it until 2004. Most of the band retired from music, while Fortune continued touring as a solo artist.

This show is free with paid gate admission.

n Wednesday, Home Free performs after Twilight Harness Racing.

Founded by brothers Chris and Adam Rupp during their college years in the early 2000s, the a cappella group spent a decade touring and performing before winning the fourth season of NBC’s “The Sing-Off” in 2013. The group’s 10th album is due out later this year.

This show is free with paid admission.

n Aug. 17, Americana and alt-country string band Old Crow Medicine Show returns to West Virginia.

The Grammy Award-winning and critically acclaimed band has been a summer music festival regular for years and influenced a generation of Americana performers, but is probably best known for the song “Wagon Wheel,” which has been covered by a variety of artists, including Darius Rucker.

Tickets are $30 to $40.

n Aug. 18, country stars Brantley Gilbert and Dylan Scott perform.

Gilbert, a CMA award-winner, is best known for hits like “Country Must Be Country Wide,” “Bottoms Up” and “One Hell of an Amen.”

Scott released his first full-length, self-titled album in 2016 and has scored several hits, including “My Girl,” “Crazy on Me” and “Makin’ This Boy Go Crazy.”

Tickets $40 to $47.

n The West Virginia State Fair closes out with the Buckin’ B Bull Ride with country singer Steve Moakler.

Moakler has been making a name for himself with his hits “Suitcase” and “Love Drunk,” but has also become a sought-after songwriter. His songs have been covered by Jake Owen, Eric Church and Dierks Bentley.

Tickets start at $21.

For more information, call 304-645-1090 or statefairofwv.com.

Reach Bill Lynch at

lynch@wvgazettemail.com,

304-348-5195 or follow

@LostHwys on Twitter.

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