Knox County Fair entertainers

Three big names in country music, Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Collin Raye, will make an appearance at the 2019 Knox County Fair, on their Roots and Boots Tour.

With several hit singles from all three acts, fairgoers will have the opportunity to see all three in one concert, beginning at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 9, at the fairgrounds in Bloomfield.

They will take the stage following the Aksarben farm awards slated at 7:30 p.m.

Kershaw and Tippin are return acts, having been part of the Roots and Boots Tour show at the 2015 Knox County Fair.

The ever-popular Bull-a-Rama will start the fair entertainment lineup off Thursday, Aug. 8.

Fair board members are working to finalize details for the remaining days of the Aug. 8-11 fair as well.

The Northeast Tractor Pullers will return on Saturday afternoon and a tribute band, Boston Rocks, will perform Saturday night, with times for both events yet to be determined, according to Deb Nipp.

Boston Rocks brings to life a special night of music from four legendary acts -  Aerosmith, The Cars, Boston and The J. Geils Band. With a combined 250 million albums sold worldwide, and more than 60 Top 40 hits, Boston Rocks promises an unforgettable night of entertainment.

Nipp said the board is bringing a brand new event to this year’s fair as well. Monster trucks are on Sunday’s itinerary, with details to be announced.

DC Lynch will again be on the Midway, along with several other fair favorites.

Tippin has crusaded for the working man and woman since he ripped country music open with his uncompromising single, “You’ve Got To Stand For Something,” in 1990.

His voice continued to ring loud and clear with such hits as “I Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way,” “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong With The Radio,”  “That’s As Close As I’ll Get To Loving You,” “My Blue Angel” and “Kiss This.”

 Five of his albums are certified gold, and a sixth CD - Read Between The Lines - stands at the platinum level. Tippin’s honest lyrics and direct, impassioned vocals have built a large devoted audience.

He built his brand on songs that touched a nerve with a blue-collar audience.

In 1993, Kershaw topped the singles’ chart for the first time with “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful,” which became one of the most-played records on country radio for more than two decades.

Albums such as Don’t Go Near The Water and Haunted Heart were certified million-sellers. His platinum albums were propelled into the records books by hits such as “I Can’t Reach Her Anymore,” “National Working Woman’s Holiday,” “Love Of My Life”  and “Cadillac Style.”

He has six gold and three platinum albums,selling in excess of five million records and has recorded more than 25 top 40 singles – 11 top 10 singles and two #1 hits.

Raye’s soulful delivery has set country standards in such searing ballads as”Love Me,” “In This Life,” “Not That Different” and “If I Were You.”  

He shot to fame with “Love, Me” in 1991. Listeners were so moved by his golden and pure voice that the song set the cornerstone for a career built on meaningful and emotional songs that have often been used for weddings, anniversaries, memorial services and funerals. When “Little Rock,” an anthem for those struggling with addiction recovery, hit the chart in 1994, its video led to more than 100,000 phone calls to Alcoholics Anonymous from folks seeking help in their addictions. “Not That Different” is a song that pleads for tolerance. “In This Life” became a wedding favorite, and “I Think About You” won awards for its song and video which exposed the exploitation of women and children.

Always an energizing showman, he has also blazed through such vivid rockers as “My Kind of Girl,” “That’s My Story,” “I Can Still Feel You” and “I Want You Bad.”

With 24 top 10 records and 16 #1 hits, he is a 10-time male vocalist of the year nominee (five CMA and five ACM).