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Fair boasts busy, free entertainment lineup

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There is no shortage of musical entertainment this weekend in the lineup at the Garfield County Fair in both the afternoon and evenings. The music is free in the Backstage area of the Fairgrounds, just west of the grandstands.Backstage entertainment is sponsored by Bighorn Toyota and Jack FM.

3 p.m.The Sharla Jackson BandFor the past 13 years, the Sharla Jackson Band, based in Evergreen, has been entertaining in Colorado. The band plays at large music festivals, fairs and fundraisers, as well as local bars and coffee shops.Sharla and her band members perform ballads, dance music and songs that will make you laugh and cry. With a mixture of covers and originals, Sharla Jackson entertains her audience with rock-alternative, country and classic rock ‘n’ roll.5 p.m.BackcountryThe Backcountry Band plays country and classic rock ‘n’ roll at events in northeast Utah and northwest Colorado, including the Dinosaur Rodeo, Myton Days and other special events and private functions.Backcountry was formed about six years ago in Vernal, Utah. The founding members still in the band include Jimmy Still on rhythm guitar, steel guitar and vocals, Lynn Locke on lead guitar and vocals, and Tyke Kargis on drums and vocals. In the past three years, the band added Bob Halbert, a former longtime Glenwood Springs police chief who is now a Vernal resident, on lead guitar and harmony vocals, and Clayton Truman on bass, forming a five-member group.

3 p.m.The Missing LinkWith a vast and diverse repertoire, the Missing Link Band plays a wide range of music from rock, classic rock, alternative to R&B and country. Regardless of the genre, The Missing Link Band believes in two kinds of music – good and bad. They take the best that music has to offer and infuse it with their individual abilities to create tunes that are sure to bring pleasure to the listeners.The band is made up of valley musicians Nick Kuhlmann on percussion, Erik MacPherson on guitar and vocals, Paul Barker on bass and Holly Guerin on lead vocals. The Missing Link Band is an eclectic, talented upbeat group that enjoys doing what they do best – playing music.5 p.m.James & The DevilSpinning off rock ‘n’ roll sounds with mountain-grass, funk, hip-hop and rhythmic dance chemistry, James & The Devil always get the house moving. The Denver-based group tours the Rocky Mountains from north to south and play as much as they can on both the local scene and helping to promote a good cause. James & The Devil entertains young and old alike and is happiest while uniting people. Don’t miss this Colorado Rocky Mountain rebel rock sensation that will have you wishing you brought an extra pair of socks.



NoonMeeker Sheepdog DemonstrationGet a preview for what’s in store at the 25th annual Meeker Sheepdog Trials being held Sept. 7-11 in Meeker. Sheepdog owners demonstrate their dogs’ skills in maneuvering sheep in a calm, controlled manner through a course.12:30 p.m.Santa Maria Dancers and Sol de MexicoThe Santa Maria Dancers from Rifle will perform traditional folklorico Mexican dances, followed by Sol de Mexico, a new group for young dancers ages 4 to 12. Sol de Mexico will perform regional dances from the state of Jalisco in Mexico. Also watch for these dancers in the Saturday morning parade on Railroad Avenue.1 p.m.Bill PughBill Pugh, a longtime singer and songwriter, will take the stage for the first time at the fair with some of his musician buddies, playing easy-listening country music. Pugh has played acoustic guitar since he was 15, and is the owner of Bill’s Cowboy Steakhouse on Main Street in New Castle. 2 p.m.DerringerA group of talented and dedicated musicians from the Western Slope, Derringer draws from influences that range from Brooks and Dunn to the Eagles to classic country. At the same time, Derringer combines familiar sound and creates a style all their own. Derringer has played festivals, rodeos and bars, such as the Grizzly Rose in Denver and Whiskey River in Grand Junction, along with opening for national acts.4:30 p.m.Dr. MDIf you like Rush, Pink Floyd, Ozzy, Van Halen, Steve Ray Vaughan, Hendrix or Iron Maiden, you’ll definitely dig Dr. MD. It’s a four-member band that includes Dave Huey on drums, Ray Martinez on bass guitar and vocals, Mike Osborne on guitar and vocals and Dave Williams on guitar and vocals. Dr. MD has strong stage presence, dynamic vocals, energy that makes you want to get up and dance, and a great sense of humor that keeps the party going between numbers.


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