Josh Turner

Josh Turner added to Clay County Fair Grandstand lineup

The Clay County Fair announces Josh Turner with special guest Dillon Carmichael as part of the SRG Concert Series in the Sleep Number Grandstand at the 2020 Clay County Fair on Thursday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m.

With his rich, deep voice and distinctive style, Josh Turner is one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers. From his 2003 Platinum-selling debut Long Black Train to his 2017 Billboard No. 1 release, Deep South, Turner has scored multiple GRAMMY®, CMA and ACM Awards nominations and received six Inspirational Country Music Awards. As one of the youngest members inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, Turner has sold more than 8 million units and populated radio with such memorable hits as “Hometown Girl,” “Would You Go With Me,” “Your Man,” “Time Is Love,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance” and “Long Black Train.”

Growing up in the small town of Burgin, KY, Dillon Carmichael absorbed the musical life through osmosis: his father and uncles performed in a Southern Gospel Quartet, his mother sang all over the eastern part of the state, and his uncles (John Michael and Eddie Montgomery) both enjoyed massive chart success. The New York Times compared Carmichael to Randy Travis and said his rich baritone voice “moves with the heft and certainty of a tractor-trailer,” while NPR praised his “deep holler,” and Parade raved that “Carmichael defines pure country.”

Dillon Carmichael (photo provided)

Tickets will go on sale this Friday, April 3 at 10:00 a.m. Prices are $35 (general admission stage front seating), $30 (reserved Grandstand seating), and $25 (general admission bleacher seating).

community prayer outside 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit at Clay County Fair

Clay County Fair highlight: 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit

One must-see highlight of this year’s Clay County Fair is the 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit, which is open daily from 12-6 p.m.

The museum, a 53-foot tractor-trailer that expands into a 1,000-square-foot exhibit, educates visitors about the events that occurred on September 11, 2001. It’s a moving tribute to those who lost their lives that day, including the 343 FDNY members who made the ultimate sacrifice. On Wednesday, on the 18th anniversary of 9/11, community members gathered near the mobile exhibit, which is located next to the events center, for a prayer service. Almost 3,000 people were killed in the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center and at the Pentagon. As the volunteers who travel with the exhibit pointed out Wednesday, many first-responders and community members have since died of or are still suffering from health complications related to the attack.

Moto Maniacs family performers at Clay County Fair

Clay County Fair highlight: Moto Maniacs

Ivan España still gets a thrill from the high-flying, speed-seeking stunts he and his family put on as part of their act, Moto Maniacs – except the source of those thrills may not be what you’d expect. “There’s the thrill of being in a place,” he said Tuesday following a performance at the Clay County Fair. “Like, we got to perform in the Sydney Opera House. That’s a big thrill.”

But then there’s the audience. Ivan said the Moto Maniacs “feed off the audience.”

Sundholm Log Cabin at Clay County Fair

Clay County Fair highlights: Sundholm Log Cabin, Grandpa’s Barn

Fairgoers can find plenty of hands-on fun at the Sundholm Log Cabin and Grandpa’s Barn at the Clay County Fair. The Sundholm Log Cabin offers fun, educational opportunities to fair visitors, including live animals and hands-on activities. “When they come into the cabin, it’ll be all hands-on displays,” said Clay County Conservation Board Naturalist Brianne Blom. “They can learn about all different kinds of things dealing with nature. We also have naturalist programs throughout the whole day.”

salamanders at Sundholm Log CabinSnapping turtle at Sundholm Log CabinPainted turtle Sundholm Log Cabin

Naturalist programs are held daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Activities include topics involving reptiles, amphibians, bison, mammals, turtles and more.

Artist painting at Clay County Fair

Clay County Fair highlights: Art Barn

Arts on Grand’s Art Barn has always been a draw for creatives and supporters of the arts at the Clay County Fair. This year, the Art Barn has added a new feature called “Plein Air at the Fair,” a painting festival at various fairground locations throughout the duration of this year’s event. Different artists picks a place to create his or her art and fair visitors are able to enjoy watching the process. “It basically means painting outdoors,” Arts on Grand Executive Director Ryan Odor said of the name. “So every day – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday – we have a different painter that’s going to be on the grounds just hanging out painting what they see.