Belmont County Agricultural Society

September 8th – 13th, 2015

The Rarely HerdThe Rarely Herd is known around the globe as one of the premier groups in Bluegrass music. In addition to receiving over 120 National, International and Regional awards and nominations, The Herd was named one of Europe’s ‘Top 3 Best New Bands’ and have been featured on CMT, TNN and Japan’s network giant NHK-TV. In 2003, The Rarely Herd received the Gold Masters Gold Award at the National Bluegrass Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee. This was given to The Herd in honor of their 10 consecutive wins as ‘Entertaining Band of the Year’ a feat unequaled in the history of these awards.

Among their long list of accolades are also a Gospel Music Association ‘Dove’ Award nomination and a IBMA ‘Gospel Recording of the Year’ nomination. Beginning in 1992 with ‘Midnight Loneliness,’ the first of seven internationally released albums, The Rarely Herd has consistently appeared on National and International music charts. Recently, a single from their CD ‘Return Journey’ has charted in the Top Ten Bluegrass charts.

The Herd’s stellar musicianship and vocals are equaled only by their captivating stage performances. Uproarious comedy and top-notch music make a Rarely Herd performance a must-see event for the entire family!

Night ProwlerNight Prowler is the region’s premier tribute to AC/DC. From a high voltage, high energy show featuring four decades of hits and fan favorites, to cannons, a bell and Angus and his schoolboy suit, Night Prowler is ready to rock you. The band is a true tribute to AC/DC and the band’s music. This five-member group has been performing throughout the region since 2011 and has quickly become the busiest, hardest working and most-authentic tribute playing in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Loved by people from 18 to 88, and still making new music after 40 years, AC/DC is truly the world’s favorite rock and roll band, and Night Prowler is set to bring that rock and roll thunder to the Fair!

Voices of OhioWith the entire group hailing from the great state of Ohio, The Voices of Ohio is an exciting and dynamic adult perfoming arts ensemble. The Voices of Ohio draws on a collective membership that has more than 45 years of show business experience.

Included in this contingent, are those who; sang in the finest concert halls throughout Europe for 27 consecutive summers; entertained a world-wide television audience from top of the then newly-built World Trade Center in New York City and stepping off down Broadway in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade; became the world’s only singing, marching vocal group to participate in an unprecedented four Tournament of Roses parades; gave a command performance in the White House Rose Garden; and sang for millions annually as part of the greatest show Ohio has to offer, The Ohio State Fair.

Under the Artistic Director, Orrville, Ohio native Girrard Steward, The Voice of Ohio perform a repertoire that reads like a popular American song book. Performing numbers for the 1930s through Today’s hits, including Country, Broadway and songs of inspiration, and a star-spangled not to be missed finale that is guaranteed to bring the crowd to their feet.

A concert by The Voices of Ohio is an entertainment event the entire family will enjoy. Audiences will come early to get the best seats and will not want to go home until long after the last notes have left their ears and entered their hearts.

Abraham LincolnJohn Cooper has been performing as Abraham Lincoln in Ohio (and elsewhere) for more that 25 years. He began by appearing in his own children’s schools when they were in elementary school over 25 years ago Friends constantly said he reminded them of Lincoln because of his tall, slender form and Lincoln-styled beard. He has always been a history buff and  Lincoln fan, so it was a short step to don Lincoln clothing and a stovepipe hat and begin his Lincoln career.

Since 2008, he has been a professional Lincoln, appearing in schools all over the state, attending fairs and festivals, speaking at dinners, luncheons, and civic organizations, and attending Civil War encampments and events. His favorite charity appearances are Honor Flight Columbus “welcome home” ceremonies about six times a year at the Columbus Airport, when 80 World War II and Korean War vets return from a day in Washington, DC. Abraham Lincoln entertains a crowd of about 400 people who wait two hours for the flight to land and then he greets all the vets as they pass through the Walk of Honor.

In September 2015, Abraham Lincoln will be returning to the Belmont County Fair for the third straight year, entertaining the elementary school children of Belmont County at Fair Field Day, then speaking to the audience that evening prior to the Phil Dirt and the Dozers concert. He will be back on Friday to visit with patrons all day long. He looks forward to visiting with the friends he has made the last two years in Belmont County.

In addition to appearing at the Belmont County Fair this year, Lincoln will be at five other county fairs. From 2009 through 2014, he made appearances for six years at the Ohio State Fair. Near Belmont County, he has also appeared in Noble County, Monroe County, Washington County, and Sistersville and Paden City, West Virginia. He has also preached (as Lincoln) on Lincoln’s spiritual journey at Morristown Christian Church in Belmont County.

John Cooper is a lifetime member of the Association of Lincoln Presenters, a national organization that includes nearly all of the top Lincolns in the country (over 100 Lincoln members) and holds annual conventions in locations of importance to Lincoln during his lifetime. John hosted the national convention in Columbus, Ohio in April, 2013. He is currently a board member of the organization and its membership chairman. You can learn more about John and learn where he is performing on his website.

Matt VanFossen Imagine the rush of performing your new single to more than 80,000 country music fans on the main stage at ‘Jamboree in the Hills,’ one of the top music festivals in the country. Afterwards, you might exchange niceties with superstar Tim McGraw before he goes on stage to rock the crowd. Ohio native Matt VanFossen doesn’t have to image because this is his new reality.

With the release of his new EP, “BOOM,” VanFossen is taking his career to exciting new levels. The hard driving title track is the first single and has already become a fan favorite. It recently won West Virginia-based radio station 97.9 WKKW’s fan-voted “Smackdown” for the maximum of four days straight, beating out new singles from artists such as Dolly Parton and Colt Ford.

“I feel like I’m growing into the artist that I’m meant to be. In doing so, I’ve realized that up-tempo songs are fun,” he says. “When the audience hears the music start for ‘BOOM,’everybody’s ready. I think it’s the hook of the song and the driving music. It demands your attention.”

Sugar Creek Bluegrass

Sugar Creek Bluegrass is an energetic young band from central Ohio made up of brothers and sisters who have been performing since June 2012. The band took their name from their ancestors’ old homestead located on the beautiful stream called Sugar Creek in West Virginia. The band strives to preserve Bluegrass music for many generations and plays traditional bluegrass, old time, and gospel music inspired by legends like Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley. The group can often be heard on various bluegrass radio stations in Ohio and they have performed in a significant amount of concerts and festivals. Sugar Creek released their debut album in May 2013 and released their second CD in May 2014. The band is currently recording their third album and home to have the CD released in June 2015. The band members include Emily on banjo, Cody on fiddle, Zan on mandolin, Molly on bass, Matt on guitar, and Ben on washboard. While working hard to play their best, it is their sincere desire to honor and please God with their music. After all, music is a blessing and a gift from the Lord!

Wild World of Animals

THE BEST IN WILDLIFE ENTERTAINMENT AND EDUCATION

The Wild World of Animals Show is one of the premier grounds acts in the entertainment industry. Its unique blend of animal diversity and environmental messages coupled with originally scripted non-stop laughter, especially an opinionated pig, makes for an enjoyable time for the whole family.

Have you ever held a 13-foot, 100-pound python, stared into the eyes of Brutus, or unknowingly worn a safari vest filled with creepy critters? Our volunteers get to do that and much more!

The Wild World of Animals Show is fast-paced and full of energy! The animals in the show range from arthropods, amphibians, reptiles, birds and finally mammals. Our audience learns interesting animal facts, laughs at their antics and witnesses their amazing natural abilities. Don’t blink or you may miss an animal running, slithering, jumping or flying across our stage!

The Wild World of Animals Show draws rave reviews and huge audiences wherever it plays! Voted one of the top five edu/tainment shows in the world by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions – 2006.

Surfs Up

It’s time for some fun, fun, fun! The California surf! Sand in your shoes and a great big setting sun! It’s the music of America!

It’s Surf’s Up! – Your Musical Tribute to The Beach Boys! Surf’s Up! is the nation’s hottest and best beach party band with over 20 years of performing experiences. Surf’s Up! will make your next concert, party, or corporate event one that your guests and audiences will never forget. Dancing and singing along to the music of The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, The Hondells, Ronny and the Daytonas, and other beach party bands creates a fun and enjoyable atmosphere that will entertain everyone at your event.

Surf’s Up! is a six-member musical show, based in Columbus, Ohio. They are a fully self-contained stage show, providing their own production and fully experience sound and light crew that can custom-fit any audience size ranging from 100 to 10,000. This is a surefire winner for our clients since there is no need for them to spend more on sound and lighting systems or backline gear.

Traveling from coast to coast as America’s most popular vintage rock and roll show Phil Dirt & The Dozers, the group has been asked by hundreds of clients and fans to perform more and more peach party music in their shows After all, everyone loves California Girls, Barbara Ann, Help Me Rhonda, and Surfin’ USA, just to name a few. Well, The Dozers have finally answered the call!

Elephant Encounter

Elephant Encounter is an educational and entertaining experience for the entire family, as we guide you through an up close and personal encounter with the world’s largest animals. No place, anywhere, will you see elephants like you are going to see here at the fair.

You’ll be inspired as you experience the full force of each elephant’s unique individual personality. We are lucky to have both species of elephants. Cora is a 52-year-old Asian elephant, weighing in at 9,000 pounds and Shannon our 31-year-old African Elephant, weighing in at 4,500.

This could change the way you think and feel about these magnificent creatures forever. These are not circus elephants, nor are they zoo elephants. They are family elephants and have been owned and cared for by the Morris family for virtually their entire lives. A family who represents 3 generations who have dedicated their entire lives to the study and care of these elephants.

Don’t miss this experience at the fair.

The Belmont County Agricultural Society is pleased to announce the second annual Swap Meet, Car Corral, & Craft Show, which will be held at the Belmont County Fair Grounds on May 16th and 17th. The show is being sponsored in conjunction with Two Brothers Motorsports, and will include a car cruise on My 17th from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

If you have any cars, trucks, race cars, motorcycles, or parts, bring them out to sell at this two-day event.

Registration forms can be found here on our website. For more information, contact Paul at 740-359-3417 or Becky at 740-391-2853.

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