Tyler Fair Set for Aug. 2-7
The Tyler County Fair will be celebrating its 58th year Aug. 2-7, capping off with a Aug. 7, 9 p.m. performance by rising country star Jon Langston and a sparkling fireworks finale.
Langston is currently celebrating the release of his latest single, “Try Missing You.” This comes after the 2019 release of his high-anticipated EP album, “Now You Know,” which included six songs written by Langston.
According to his Bio on jonlangston.com, Langston hails from Loganville, GA, where he played football and earned a Division 1 college football scholarship. However, after his sixth concussion left him blind for 15 minutes, his football career ended. At this point Langston re-taught himself how to play guitar.
The first song Langston ever released was “Forever Girl,” released in 2013. The release of this song kicked off his music career. Langston’s subsequent successes include “When It Comes To Loving You,” which reached the top spot on the all-genre iTunes Chart and “Now You Know,” which reached the Top 30 on the radio charts.
Opening for Langston at 7 p.m., Aug. 7 is Eldon Huff, whose music is described as containing “tough-to-match guitar skills” and “downhome lyrics about life and love.” (eldonhuff.com)
Huff was born and raised in rural Kentucky and grew up listening to top-tier talents such as Bob Seger, Travis Tritt, and Keith Whitley. Huff, himself, took the stage at every opportunity, beginning at an early age, and eventually released his own album after touring with Eric Church.
Huff’s latest work, “Drifter,” is produced by Grammy Award-winner Ben Fowler.
This year’s Tyler County Fair musical line-up also includes performances by Moonlight Drive (Aug. 6, 7 p.m.) and CJ Solar (Aug. 6, 9 p.m.). Other musical entertainment includes Backwoods Brothers (Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m.), Cody Clayton Eagle (Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m.), and Barbara Lynn & The Silver Eagle Band, (Aug. 5, 1 p.m. and 7p.m.).
The stage is set aside Aug. 2 for Opening Day ceremonies, including a performance by the Silver Knights Marching Band (5 p.m.), a baked goods sale (6 p.m.), and a night of pageantry, finalized with the crowning of the Tyler County Fair Queen.
However, those who desire a bit of dirt and dust — along with the roar of an engine, can head to the Tyler County Speedway throughout the week for a wide variety of entertainment.
Speedway events actually begin Saturday, July 31 with the Bud Weigle Memorial. The action will continue throughout the week with ATV/dirt drag racing (Aug. 2), dirt track racing (Aug. 3), flat track kart racing (Aug. 4), demolition derby (Aug. 5), truck and tractor pulls (Aug. 6), and mud bog (Aug. 7).
No fair would be complete without the celebration of local agriculture, and the Tyler County Fair is no exception. Livestock events will include the rabbits show (Aug. 2, 6 p.m.), market swine show (Aug. 3, 5:30 p.m.), market livestock steer show (Aug. 4, 6 p.m.), breeding goat livestock show (Aug. 5, 5 p.m.), and the market livestock sheep show (Aug. 5, 6 p.m.). The week will be capped off with the market livestock buyers reception and sale, slated for that Friday. The fair will also feature the Tyler County Fair Horse Show on Sunday, Aug. 1.
The Tyler County Fair will also, as tradition, honor its community with Youth Day (Aug. 3), Ladies Day (Aug. 4), Senior Citizens Day (Aug. 5), and Mountaineer Day (Aug. 6). Special events are scheduled for these days, so be sure to pick up a brochure for all the details.
Daily fair happenings include 4-H exhibits, bingo by the Friendly Lions Club, carnival by Fun Time Family Amusements, commercial exhibits, flower exhibits and horticulture display, livestock and photography exhibits, and Kids Celebration family game show.
Gate admission to the fair is $8 Monday thru Thursday and $10 Friday and Saturday. Season membership is $30 and must be purchased before midnight on Sunday, Aug. 1.
For more information on all of the fair happenings, check out tylercountyfair.org