By Jim Davis
Fair concert fans will get three times the fun later this year.
The Miami County Agricultural Society and the Troy Foundation have announced that Chase Rice will headline “A Night of Country” Aug. 9 at the Miami County Fair — with up and coming acts Sam Hunt and Covington native Clark Manson also on the ticket.
“This will be a very high-energy show featuring headlining star Chase Rice, up-and-comer Sam Hunt and a very popular homegrown entertainer Clark Manson,” said Miami County Entertainment Chair Matt Gross. “Their combined sounds will most definitely resonate with fairgoers.”
Roberta Jacobs, who is in her first year as a board member with the Miami County Agricultural Society, said she is looking forward to seeing all three performers at the fair.
“I cannot wait,” she said. “Where else are you going to to see three great performers at one time? It’s definitely a great value.”
Rice, who visited Troy this weekend as part of the Billy Currington “We Are Tonight” tour at Hobart Arena, is gaining steam in the country music industry these days with both his songwriting skills and energetic live shows. He helped pen Florida Georgia Line’s multi-platinum chart-topping hit, “Cruise,” last year and recently released his latest EP disc, “Ready Set Roll.”
Rice, who performed at last summer’s Country Concert at Hickory Hill Lakes in Fort Loramie and is slated to hit the big stage July 11 at this year’s Country Concert, brings a unique perspective to the country scene due to his diverse background. Born in Florida and raised in North Carolina, Rice played linebacker at the University of North Carolina, spent time as a member of Jimmie Johnson’s Cup-winning NASCAR pit crew and was a contestant on the reality TV show “Survivor.”
Hunt, who helped write Currington’s current hit “We Are Tonight,” also co-wrote Kenny Chesney’s No. 1 hit “Come Over,” and Keith Urban’s radio hit “Cop Car.” His debut album is expected to be done later this year.
Manson, who will join Rice at this year’s Country Concert in Fort Loramie, grew up in Miami County and already is making waves as an up-and-coming artist. The 23-year-old singer/songwriter won the Newport Music Hall Battle of the Bands and advanced to the Texaco Country Showdown State Final in addition to performing at the Indiana State Fair.
Tickets for the Aug. 9 fair concert go on sale April 5 by calling (937) 335-7492, online at www.miamicountyohiofair.com, or at the fair office during the week (9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Ticket prices are $12 for stadium seats and $20 for track seats. Fair gate admission is $5 for those age 9 and older.