Washington County Fair releases 2016 entertainment lineup

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Washington County Fair officials are pleased to announce the 2016 entertainment lineup on the new Silver Lining Amphitheater, sponsored by West Bend Mutual Insurance.

Kicking off the lineup on Thursday, July 28, will be Hunter Hayes, a country singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.  Hayes is best known for his first single “Invisible” and most successful single “Wanted”.  Hunter was nominated in 2012 for Best New Artist at the CMA Awards and in 2013 for single of the year, song of the year and video of the year.  He won the best single and music video in 2012 at the American Country Awards for the song “Wanted”.  He has been a supporting act in tours by Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Lady Antebellum.

Opening act for Hunter Hayes will be Julia Cole, blues, country and pop artist, attacking every concert with her keyboard, guitar and entrancing vocals and leaving the crowd in awe.

Friday, July 29 will feature classic Southern rock .38 Special.  Their many gold and platinum album awards stand in testament to the endurance of a legendary powerhouse.  Timeless hits that remain a staple include “Hold On Loosely”, “Rockin’ Into the Night”, “Second Chance” and more.  As of 2014, the lineup consists of  Vocalist Don Barnes; Guitarist/Vocalist Danny Chauncey; Keyboardist Bobby Capps; drummer Gary Moffatt and bassist Barry Dunaway.

Opening for .38 Special will be Shooter Jennings, American singer-songwriter active in the outlaw country music and Southern rock genre.  The only son of country legend Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter started his musical career at the early age of five.  Following his father’s footsteps, but with his own feisty, scrappy sense of country, Jennings placed himself in a fine position to both explore that legacy and carve out his own.  Best known for his singles “Outlaw You” and “The Deed and the Dollar”, Shooter Jennings is guaranteed to put on a great opening show.

Taking the stage on Saturday, July 30 will be country recording artist Lee BriceLee started his career writing songs prior to becoming an artist.  Brice has been nominated at the Country Music Awards for song of the year, single of the year, new artist of the year and new male artist of the year.  With such great singles as “Drinking Class”; “Love Like Crazy”; “I Don’t Dance”; “I Drive Your Truck” and “Parking Lot Party”, fans will be treated to a great show.

VIP tickets for all three days will go on sale on Monday, April 18 and can be purchased online at www.wcfairpark.com or at the Fair Park Office Monday-Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Ticket prices range from $20-$35 and include admission to the Fair.