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  |   August 12, 2012  |  Comment

Rising Country Music star, JUSTIN MOORE leads the line-up at the Grandstand opening day of the 167th Dutchess County Fair on August 21. Rock and Roll legend, CHUBBY CHECKER performs on Wednesday, Platinum country music group, LONESTAR hits the stage Thursday, and 80’s and 90’s hit makers, STARSHIP, perform Friday night.

The U.S. FMX FREESTYLE MOTOCROSS roars across the stage on Saturday and the Fair ends on Sunday with the ever-popular CHAMPIONSHIP BULL RIDING. Fair dates are August 21-August 26 and gates open each day at 10am.

Tickets for the Dutchess County Fair Grandstand lineup are now available online at www.dutchessfair.com.

On Tuesday, August 21, Justin Moore appears at 7:30pm. Track seat tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show. All grandstand seats are free.

Moore was only 18 when he made his way to Nashville to begin his quick climb to the top of the country music charts. By 2009 he released his debut album, “Justin Moore”. That same year he was named Billboards’ ‘Top New Country Artist’ and went on to tour with Hank Williams Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd, Miranda Lambert and Darius Rucker. In only three short years, Moore has sold over 2.2 million digital downloads and his sophomore album, “Outlaws Like Me” hit the #1 spot the week it was released. His singles “If Heaven Wasn’t so Far Away”, “Small Town USA”, “Backwoods” and “How I Got To Be This Way” are just part of his song set at the Fair’s Tuesday night show.

Chubby Checker was scheduled to perform at last year’s Dutchess County Fair but Hurricane Irene interrupted the fair and his show. He promised to return this year and will keep that promise with a show at 7pm on Wednesday night August 22. All seats are $5.00.

Since the 1960’s Chubby Checker has had 36 hits including the legendary “The Twist”, “Twist Again”. “The Hucklebuck”, “Pony Time” and his latest ”Knock Down the Walls”, which made it’s way to the #1 spot on Billboard’s Dance Chart and extended his National Chart Record to 45 plus years, a record second only to Elvis. Born the son of a tobacco farmer from South Carolina, the family moved to Philadelphia when he was a young boy. It was there on that city’s famous South Street that he became a local legend by doing imitations of  Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis. He was soon discovered by Dick Clark and recorded “The Twist” in 1960. He has been on a never-ending tour since then. His loyal fans from the 60’s are now joined by a whole new audience from his frequent airplay on local stations and Radio Disney.

August 23, Thursday night at the fair features multi-platinum country music group Lonestar. The band comes on at 7:30pm, track seats are $20 in advance, $25 day of show and all the grandstand seats are free.

2012 year marks the band’s 20th anniversary, a new album and their reunion with original lead singer Richie McDonald. Long known for their merging of country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals, Lonestar album sales are in excess of 10 million and include 10 #1 country music hits. The Texas-bred band’s impressive list of hits include” “No News”, “Come Crying’ To Me”, “Smile and “What About Now” and  # 1 cross-over ballad, “Amazed”.

80’s and 90’s rock and roll hit makers, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas makes their fair debut on Friday night, August 24 at 7pm. Track seats are $20 in advance, $25 day of show and the grandstand seats are free.

Mickey Thomas is the owner of the soaring voice that propelled Starship through 2 decades of hits. His soulful and compelling vocals have established him as one of rock music’s most recognizable stars. Every Starship album released since 1979 has gone gold, platinum or multi-platinum. Their hits including “We Built This City”, “Nothing Gonna Stops Us Now”, ”Find Your Way Back” and “Sara” have become staples on MTV and VH1 as well as all rock radio stations.

Saturday’s Grandstand show is another 1st at the Dutchess County Fair. Motorcyle stunts performed by the U.S. FMX National Championship Series are held at the stage  at 2pm and 7:30 pm, August 25. All seats are free for this highflying show.  The nation’s top riders will defend their titles in this championship of extreme sport. Freestyle Motocross champions are decided by the precise execution of aerial stunts while launching motorcycles 70 + feet through the air. Spectacular mid-air maneuvers and back flips thrill all spectators of this extreme sport

Sunday, August 26 closes the fair with the ever-popular and breathtaking Championship Bull Riding. Two shows are held at 2pm and 6pm. Each show costs $10 for adults and children 5yrs and under are admitted for $5.

All concert/event tickets do not include general admission to the fair.

For more information and advance tickets go to www.dutchessfair.com. Or call 845-876-4000.

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