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Scotty McCreery to headline Garfield County Fair

Carla Jean Whitley


Tickets to the 2017 Garfield County Fair concert featuring Scotty McCreery go on sale at 12:01 a.m. June 1 at They’ll range from $10-$60. The show is Aug. 4.

Garfield County Fair and Rodeo has found its niche, and it’s sticking with it. For the third consecutive year, the fair has booked a big-name country musician to headline its Friday concert.

Scotty McCreery will perform Aug. 4, and tickets go on sale 12:01 a.m. June 1 at The 2017 event runs July 31 through Aug. 6 at the fairgrounds in Rifle.

“We had to find our identity,” said Garfield County Fair and Events Coordinator Doreen Herriott. Other events showcase artisans or artists, and the fair has identified where it fits. “We’ve come to discover a couple years ago, it’s entertainment. It’s the traditional celebration of our heritage and our western culture and agriculture.”

The 2016 show set a concert attendance record, with nearly 3,500 tickets sold for a total of $98,350. Country singer Josh Turner headlined that show, and Chris Janson opened. The fair began booking big-name country acts with Gary Allan in 2015.

As with the Turner show, McCreery tickets will range from $10 to $60. Herriott said that range keeps the show affordable, but also allows fans up-close-and-personal access, if they desire.

Big-name acts draw people from outside the region as well, such as a couple that traveled from Nevada to see Allan in 2015. The pair were Allan fans who didn’t like to see him perform in stadium-type settings.

Herriott expects McCreery to have a similar draw.

The fair will add additional seats this year, and so ticket sales will likely exceed last year’s record-setting numbers. Like Turner, McCreery is a deep-voiced country singer whose albums have drawn accolades. He won the 10th season of “American Idol,” then earned the 2011 American Country Awards New Artist of the Year and 2013 Breakthrough Artist of the Year awards. His first three albums debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart, and songs including “I Love You This Big,” “Southern Belle” and “The Trouble with Girls” have kept fans singing. McCreery is also known for his philanthropy.

“[He’s] just a good, clean American kid. It’s just like really good values, it’s just great to see somebody so young, so successful, but also giving back,” Herriott said.

The fair’s recent success has been accompanied by growing pains, and the committee last year generated a report with several recommendations. Herriott said the staff will pursue those improvements. As a result, doors to this year’s show will open earlier and the staff will work to notify the public when the concert sells out.

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