CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Organizers of the Kanawha County Fair have announced the entertainment lineup for the annual event.
The fair, which is moving this year from its recent home at Camp Virgil Tate near Sissonville, runs Sept. 8-11 at Shawnee Park in Institute. Admission is $10 for adults; $5 for children.
Fair coordinator Ron Gregory said entertainment at the fair is all local this year.
"With economic conditions as they are and a need to help create work for those close to home, we decided to use strictly local and regional talent for the 2011 fair," Gregory said. "In the recent past, we have booked nationally-known acts and, honestly, they have not drawn huge crowds to our fair."
The fair budget was cut this year from $80,000 to $25,000.
Headline acts for this year's fair are Jon Higginbotham, lead singer for local band Crawdad Smoothie, from 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 8. Local favorites The Esquires will play from 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 9.
The D.C. Riggs Band, from Beverly, will play from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 10, with Front Page playing from 7 to 10 p.m. Both bands perform a mixture of country, gospel and bluegrass.
Jazz pianist Bob Thompson and the Bob Thompson Unit will perform from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 11. The group features Thompson on keys, Doug Payne on saxophone, Ryan Kennedy on guitar, John Inghram on bass and Tim Courts on drums.
Fair hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 9-10, and 1 to 7 p.m. Sept. 11. For more information, visit www.kanawhacountyfair.org or call 304-341-8000.
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