The 145th Martin County Fair, one of Minnesota’s largest county fairs, will be held August 16th – 22nd. The seven-day event features over 150 commercial exhibitors, a large variety of food concession stands, livestock and horse shows, regional livestock shows, open class and 4-H exhibits, and a large midway. There will be a free children’s petting zoo, free entertainment in the park, and free parking daily.
On Tuesday come out and enjoy The Johnny Holm Band. Leader and front man of the most widely known and traveled band in America, Johnny Holm is the most entertaining entertainer performing today. The show is dedicated to the fans, and they do most of the entertaining. Mostly impromptu, the show moves with the speed of lightning and changes direction as soon as "the pied piper" notices a lag. "Never a dull moment" was never a more true description.
Wednesday come out and enjoy InPulse. InPulse creates a powerful sound that features stunning solos, exceptional harmonic blend, and driving rhythms. Their performances showcase the beauty and versatility of the human voice, drawing from virtually every genre of music - from Pop to Rock, Country to Hip-Hop, and Jazz to R&B. INPULSE plays an active part in the evolution of a cappella music through dynamic, original compositions and inventive arrangements of songs distinctive to the INPULSE sound. The group's artistic approach leaves little confusion as to their mission: To take the a cappella "vocal band" sound into mainstream music and bring genuine musical artistry to today's pop culture.
Thursday night come out and enjoy The Association. It all started in 1965 with the breakup of one of the first folk rock ensembles called, “The Men”. What was originally an 11 member singing group ultimately became the six man band named, “The Association!” In 1967, The Association made history being the first band anywhere to open a rock festival - the now historic, Monterey Pop Festival.
One of the most successful bands to come out of the 60’s. They’ve earned a number of achievement awards, as well as six gold records and two platinum records. Their album, THE ASSOCIATION GREATEST HITS (Warner Brothers), continues to be one of the longest best-selling albums in the history of the company.
Friday laugh out loud with Tina and Lena, two of the funniest, zaniest ladies you’ll ever meet. Their engaging variety show is a rich blend of clever to cornball comedy, musical harmony and spirited antics …a celebration of the audience that goes full blast in high gear from start to finish. Also playing Friday will be The Wee Willy Band.
Country music star Randy Houser will be performing Saturday night in Schmidtke Park. As illustrated in his breakthrough single, Randy Houser is a breathtaking vocalist with fire and conviction at his core. The songs he has chosen by other Nashville writers for this album are superb showcases for the vocal side of his talent. In addition to “Anything Goes,” they include the sensual “Strange” and the ultra-cool, groove-saturated “How Many Times,” the latter featuring harmony vocals by superstar Vince Gill.
Randy grew up in central Mississippi. He was born in Jackson and raised in Lake, a small town between Jackson and Meridian. But his true musical foundation was the artistry of his father. Papa Houser was a fairly well known performer in the Jackson, Mississippi nightclub scene and was also a first call studio musician.
His father and mentor died when Randy was 21. He’d told his boy that he didn’t want to be kept alive on machines. After his father lost consciousness, this young man was put in the agonizing position of having to “pull the plug” on the mentor he idolized. That painful experience formed the basis of Randy’s emotional song “I’ll Sleep.” A few years later, Randy Houser made the big decision to move to Nashville to seek his fortune.
“I can literally say that a song changed my life,” Randy reports. “I’ll tell you how I made the decision. I was sitting at home one day and thinking, ‘God, what am I doing?’ I’d been waiting around for so long and hadn’t gone and done what I always said I was going to do. And then that song ‘Life Happened’ came on the radio, and I just started bawling. And right then, I made the decision.
Signed by Windswept in late 2003, Randy and co-writers Jamey Johnson and Dallas Davidson were on the charts with “Honky-Tonk Badonkadonk” by early 2005. Since then, Randy’s tunes have been picked up by John Michael Montgomery (“If You Ever Went Away”), Justin Moore (“Back That Thing Up”), George Canyon (“Coming From You”) and other artists. Cliff loved Randy’s own recordings of the tunes and urged producer Mark Wright to listen. Now Cliff and Mark have co-produced Randy Houser’s outstanding disc debut.
There will be three talent shows during the fair and on Tuesday night there will be a free pork feed. Races will be held Friday night and there will be a Demo Derby on Sunday afternoon. The fairgrounds are located off I-90. For more information contact the Martin County Fair, 1300 Bixby Road, Fairmont, call 507-235-9576, or online at www.theotherbigfair.com.
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