Two more headline acts for the Washington Town & Country Fair have been announced.
Country band Sawyer Brown, described as “the Rolling Stones of Country Music,” will perform on the Main Stage Sunday night, Aug. 5.
On Wednesday, opening day of the Fair, Christian singer/songwriter Josh Wilson will perform immediately following the queen contest.
In a change from tradition, the Washington Town & Country Fair Board is announcing its entertainment earlier than usual.
The Fair typically unveils the full Main Stage lineup at the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce banquet in March, along with a video showcasing all of the bands and some of the special exhibits. The Fair is a division of the Chamber.
Amanda Griesheimer, marketing director for the Fair and Chamber, said the Fair Board decided early promotion would build excitement and hopefully ticket sales. A video of performers will still be shown at the banquet.
Earlier this month, the Fair Board announced a Red Dirt triple feature on Friday night, Aug. 3, with three acts taking the stage — Chris Knight, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, and The Turnpike Troubadours.
Still to be announced is the entertainment for the Thursday and Saturday night shows.
Griesheimer said she has verbal commitments, but not signed contracts, for those shows.
“I’m hoping we’ll have something to announce very soon,” she said, “and I think people will be excited.”
Daily tickets for Wednesday, Friday and Sunday are on sale now at washmofair.com.
Season passes will be available after all five nights of entertainment have been announced.
The Fair will open Wednesday, Aug. 1, and run through Sunday, Aug. 5, at the city fairgrounds. This year’s theme is “Your Bridge to Fun” as a nod to the new Highway 47 bridge under construction.
Sawyer Brown has put on more than 4,500 shows and counting, including two at the Washington Fair before — in 1988 and 1992.
“They put on a really good live show,” said Griesheimer, who watched them perform last year while attending the international fair convention.
“They were fantastic and we think people will be excited to have them in Washington,” she said. “We expect a big crowd to turn out.”
Griesheimer said having a Christian artist on opening night has been successful for the Fair and the shows typically draw a smaller, family crowd.
“Josh Wilson has been around for some time so I think people who follow Christian music will know him,” she said.
Wilson has amassed five Top 10 hits on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs chart, including “Savior, Please,” “I Refuse,” “Fall Apart,” “Carry Me” and “Before the Morning,” which landed the No. 4 spot on Billboard’s 2012 Year-End Christian Songs chart. He’s also toured with some of the genre’s biggest acts.