Prepare to be ‘Amazed’ by fair headliner, Lonestar

Lonestar will perform at the Grant County Fair on Aug. 17.

Fairgrounds manager Mindy Winegar announced the country music band Lonestar will be this year’s Grant County Fair headline entertainment, playing Friday, Aug. 17, in John Day.

She said that with the great entertainment lined up, “The fair is going to be amazing.”

Lonestar has been cranking out country music hits for more than 20 years — a few of their many familiar tunes include “Amazed,” “Already There,” “My Front Porch Looking In” and “Mr. Mom.”

“Amazed” is the band’s biggest hit, lasting eight weeks at the top of the Billboard country chart, with over 1,650,000 digital copies sold.

The song also reached the Billboard Hot 100, one of only two country songs in the 2000s decade to do so.

There are plenty more hits from the band’s 10 albums, including nine other No. 1 singles, which should have a wide appeal for those attending the fair.

The Lonestar musicians include Richie McDonald, lead vocals, piano; Michael Britt, lead guitar, backing vocals; Keech Rainwater, drums; and Dean Sams, keyboards, acoustic guitar, backing vocals.

Nate Botsford, a Portland-based singer/songwriter, will open for Lonestar and will also perform after the concert.

Botsford’s hybrid style is a fresh take on musical influences, which include Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, as well as two piano-playing grandfathers. He has described his work as “bluegrass-country-rock with a little bit of pop in there.”

Concert gates open at 6 p.m., and Botsford opens at 7 p.m.

VIP tickets are $65 with seating close to the band and no-host bars with alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks, general admission is $30 with seating (or standing) in the grandstands, 12 and under admission is $15 with seating (or standing) in the grandstands.

All tickets also provide free admission to the Grant County Fair that day.

To purchase tickets visit the fairgrounds or purchase online at

For more information, call Winegar at 541-575-1900.

The 109th Grant County Fair is scheduled for Wednesday through Saturday, Aug. 15-18.


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