‘Year of the Chicken’ will have visitors dancing

July 8, 2018 GMT

JEFFERSON -- As the summer of 2018 blazes by, amazingly it’s only five days until the 166th annual Jefferson County Fair.

This year’s fair, with its theme, “Year of the Chicken,” runs Wednesday through Sunday at the constantly evolving Jefferson County Fair Park.

Junior face to face judging has already gotten underway as of Thursday and other pre-fair events include junior plant judging Tuesday. A paint horse show, not connected with the fair, is set for this weekend.

This year promises more of the modern country music fairgoers have come to expect at the event.

On Friday, July 13, Grammy award-winning artist Travis Tritt will headline the main stage. Tritt performed at the Jefferson County Fair in 2009 and continues to sell out shows and stay true and relevant to country music fans across the globe. A Marietta, Georgia native, Tritt is dubbed one of “The Class of ’89,” which included country music superstars Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson, all of whom dominated the charts in the early 1990s. Among his 11 studio albums and numerous charted singles are 19 top 10 hits, including “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde,” “Here’s A Quarter” and “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive.” His 25-year career has produced millions in album sales, two Grammy award wins and multiple No. 1 singles on the country radio charts. Most recently, Tritt released a special live two-disc CD and DVD titled “A Man and His Guitar -- Live From The Franklin Theatre,” which is now available through all major digital retailers. For more information on Tritt, visit his website TravisTritt.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

On Saturday, July 14, country artist Randy Houser will headline the main stage. Houser is described by the New York Times as “wholly different, thicker and more throbbing, a caldron bubbling over.” Houser has racked up five consecutive country radio hits and over 5 million singles sales. He topped the charts with “How Country Feels,” “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight,” “Goodnight Kiss” (also his first No. 1 as a songwriter), “We Went,” and earned critical acclaim for his powerful delivery of the top five smash and CMA Song of the Year-nominated “Like A Cowboy.” Houser has spent the majority of 2017 in the studio consumed by his much anticipated new project due out in 2018.

For more information, visit www.RandyHouser.com or follow on Twitter/Instagram @RandyHouser and www.Facebook.com/RandyHouser.

For ticketing information to both Tritt and Houser’s shows, visit the fair’s website or call the fair office at 920-674-7148.

Kylie Eck, a graduate of Lake Mills High School, will be hosting events as fairest of the fair 2018. Eck has been showing at the Jefferson County Fair for many years, with her projects including showing pigs, photography and many other projects.

“Past fairests have been the pinnacle of good showmen, respectable young ladies and mentors to the younger generation of 4-H and FFA members,” she said. “To me, the position of fairest of the fair is an honorable one. It means that you have the power to make an impact on the whole county, a county filled with young minds that have an amazing potential, also where you are meant to push yourself and become a better leader and person.”

While being fairest she would like to implement a leadership camp to help young individuals boost their confidence and give them leadership experience.

“I look forward to seeing everyone at the 166th Jefferson County Fair July 11-15,” she said.

As part of the fair’s grounds entertainment, the Sea Lion Splash returns after a few years on hiatus, along with Brant the Fireguy. The ever-popular Pleasure Valley Pig and Duck Races are back, along with the Jefferson County K-9 Unit. A carnival midway is also part of the event, as usual, and vendors will abound.

More music and entertainment will be on tap, as will five specialty beers and Miller Lite at The Leine Lodge.

For more information on the fair, visit www.jcfairpark.com/p/268 or call the office at 920-674-7148.