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Treats for country music fans at two fairs

August 16, 2007|By JULIE E. GREENE

Country music fans will get two treats next week when singer-songwriter Michael Peterson will headline the Franklin County Fair in Pennsylvania and PovertyNeck Hillbillies performs during the Jefferson County Fair in West Virginia.

Peterson's Tuesday night performance at the Chambersburg (Pa.) Rod & Gun Club Farm will be an acoustic setting, for a more intimate evening.

He'll play a few of his hits, cover some other artists' country songs and treat the audience to new songs, said Peterson, 48, of Nashville, Tenn., during a recent telephone interview.

The PovertyNeck Hillbillies will perform at 7:30 Wednesday night at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

Both fairs will feature other musical acts, truck and tractor pulls, horse pulls, carnival rides, karaoke and other fair entertainment. The Jefferson County Fair will have a cruise-in Sunday afternoon and bull riding at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23.

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Peterson, who will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the Franklin County Fair, said he has finished recording a new album, "In Black," which will probably be released in the spring. Peterson said the first single, "Marriage is the Leading Cause of Divorce," should be out in January.

The album is a departure for Peterson, whose albums are predominantly songs he has written. "In Black" has two Peterson-written tunes, but most of the album's songs were written by others.

"I just found a bunch of great songs that I wish I'd written," he said.

That includes the comedic "Marriage," which Peterson said "made me laugh, and I just thought a lot of people would relate to it."

To learn more about Peterson and hear more of his music, go to www.michaelpetersonmusic.com.




Franklin County Fair schedule



Sunday, Aug. 19

· 1 p.m. - Youth horse show, arena

Monday, Aug. 20

Fair hours are 4 to 10 p.m.

· 7 to 10 p.m. - Carnival rides ($8 for the evening)

· 7:30 p.m. - Horse pull, arena

· 8 p.m. - Franklin County Fair Queen contest, Midway stage

Tuesday, Aug. 21

Fair hours are 4 to 10 p.m.

· 6:30 p.m. - Karaoke youth contest

· 7 to 10 p.m. - Carnival rides ($8 for the evening)

· 7 p.m. - Skid steer operators rodeo, arena

· 8 p.m. - Country singer Michael Peterson, Midway stage

· 9 p.m. - Karaoke adult contest

Wednesday, Aug. 22

Fair hours are 4 to 10 p.m.

· 7 p.m. - Franklin County Fair talent contest

· 7 p.m. - 4-H/FFA animal dress-up parade

· 7 p.m. - Tractor and truck pull, arena

· 7 to 10 p.m. - Carnival rides ($8 for the evening)

Thursday, Aug. 23

Fair hours are 4 to 10 p.m.

· 7 to 10 p.m. - Carnival rides ($8 for the evening)

· 7 and 8:30 p.m. - Music by Big Cam and the Lifters, Midway stage

Friday, Aug. 24

Fair hours are 4 to 11 p.m.

· 7 p.m. - Tractor and truck pull, arena

· 7 to 10 p.m. - Carnival rides ($8 for the evening)

· 7 and 11 p.m. - Pfat Katz performs, Midway stage

Saturday, Aug. 25

Fair hours are 4 to 10 p.m.

· 9 a.m. - 4-H/FFA safe tractor contest, arena

· Noon to 2 p.m. - Youth barnyard olympics, arena

· 7 to 10 p.m. - Carnival rides ($8 for the evening)

· 7 and 8:30 p.m. - Borderline performs, Midway stage

· 7:30 p.m. - Demolition derby




If you go ...



WHAT: Franklin County Fair

WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 19, to Saturday, Aug. 25

WHERE: Chambersburg (Pa.) Rod & Gun Club Farm, 3725 Warm Spring Road, eight miles southwest of Chambersburg.

COST: Admission cost varies. Free on Sunday. $5 per carload on Tuesday. Monday and Wednesday admission costs $4 per person, $3 for children 36 to 48 inches tall and free for children shorter than 36 inches. Thursday, Friday and Saturday admission costs $6 per person, $4 for children 36 to 48 inches tall and free for children shorter than 36 inches. Carnival rides Monday through Saturday cost $8 per evening except for free kiddie rides from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.

MORE:Call 717-328-3812 or go to www.franklincountyfair.org.




WHAT: Jefferson County Fair

WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 19, to Saturday, Aug. 25

WHERE: Jefferson County Fairgrounds on Old Leetown Pike, three miles west of Charles Town, W.Va.

COST: Regular admission is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 6 to 15, and free for ages 5 and younger. Ages 55 and older get in free from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22. Amusement rides cost extra.

MORE: For a complete schedule and more information, go to www.jeffersoncountyfairwv.org or call 304-724-1411.

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