Fairplay carnival sticks with country music success

June 07, 2007|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

FAIRPLAY - There are problems when they don't book '70s-era country crooner Billy "Crash" Craddock for the Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co. Carnival, Paul Brown said.

"When we don't have him, I get a lot of people calling me saying, 'You're going to have a lot of mad people showing up at your carnival,'" said Brown, carnival chairman.

Good thing Craddock will be there this year.

Craddock - known for his version of "Knock Three Times" and the single "Rub It In" - will perform two nights in a row at the Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co. Carnival, an annual fundraiser that generates between $10,000 and $20,000 each year for the company .

The carnival starts Monday, June 11, and will run through Saturday, June 16, with carnival rides (think Ferris wheel and carousel) Tuesday through Saturday, and live music every night. Craddo ck performs Friday and Saturday.


Those not familiar with Craddock's work would probably recognize his love song, "Rub It In." For an idea of how it goes, take the old Glade Plug-Ins jingle - the one with the woman singing "Plug it in, plug it in" - and instead say, "Rub it in, rub it in."

Brown said Craddock has performed at the carnival at least eight times - each time he packed the grounds.

"Those guys from Nashville always bring a good crowd," Brown said.

The band lineup includes:

· Monday - The Moonlighters (covers of '50s- and '60s-era rock music)

· Tuesday - John E. Fantastic's Rock-n-Roll Time Machine (rock covers from the '50s, '60s and '70s)

· Wednesday - The Shades (covers of '50s- and '60s-era rock music)

· Thursday - The Brandy Stills Band (country)

· Friday - Billy "Crash" Craddock (country)

· Saturday - Billy "Crash" Craddock (country)

If you go ...

WHAT: Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co. Carnival

WHEN: Monday, June 11, through Saturday, June 16. Only music - no rides - on Monday night, at 6:30 and 10 p.m. Rides available from 5 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, through Saturday, June 16. Live music nightly at 6:30 and 10 p.m., with hourlong sets for each appearance.

WHERE: On the carnival grounds next to the Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co., which is at 1802 Tilghmanton Road, Fairplay

COST: Free admission; cost for rides and food

MORE: Family Nights Tuesday through Thursday. Contact Paul Brown, event chairman, by calling 301-582-3431.

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