Skynyrd, country concert highlight entertainment

Free concerts also planned

Shades of Blue returns to perform at the Fulton County Fair in 2015.

Lynyrd Skynyrd will rock the fairgrounds on Sunday, Sept. 5.

Submitted photos

Lynyrd Skynyrd might be singing “Sweet Home Alabama” at this year’s Fulton County Fair, but for 158 years now, the Fair has brought top-notch talent to the stage for everyone who calls Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan home sweet home.

The 158th edition of the Fulton County Fair features an impressive musical line-up, starting with classic rock powerhouse Lynyrd Skynyrd on Sunday, Sept. 6. This legendary band has been rocking stages for 41 years.

With a catalog of over 60 albums, sales beyond 30 million worldwide and their beloved classic rock anthem “Sweet Home Alabama” having over two million downloaded ring tones, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a cultural icon that appeals to all generations.

Taking the Grandstand Stage for the Labor Day Country Concert on Monday, Sept. 7 are Dustin Lynch and Frankie Ballard. Lynch, heralded as the heir to George Strait’s throne, is one of today’s most successful young artists, boasting a No. 1 debut hit on Billboard’s Top Country Albums with “Cowboys and Angels.”Rolling Stone proclaimed Lynch “The New Hat in Town” in their 2013 Best of Rock issue. He’s opened for Keith Urban and earned critical praise from American Songwriter, Billboard, People and USA Today, to name a few.

Likewise, Ballard’s breakthrough Top 15 hit, “Helluva Life” is resonating with fans far and wide. He hit the public spotlight with appearances on the Grand Ole Opry and has opened for Kenny Chesney and toured with Taylor Swift and longtime idol, Bob Seger.

Fulton County Fair’s brand new Christian Music Building will host the Oswald Brothers in concert on Sunday evening at 5 p.m. These three young brothers from Atlanta have been sharpening their musical abilities together for as long as they can remember. In 2009, after placing third on the CBS Early Show’s “Singing Family Face-Off,” the Oswald Brothers signed with Curb Records in 2012. In addition to touring, the trio serves on the worship team at Atlanta’s Passion City Church, the congregation founded by Louie Giglio and Chris Tomlin.

Fan-favorite, The Van-Dells, hit the stage on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. This free concert has become a tradition and is loved by audiences year after year.

The Van-Dells are “The Nation’s #1 Rock & Roll Review” and have been entertaining crowds of all ages for nearly four decades with their unique blend of comedy, costume changes, choreography and tight harmonies. Dubbed “The Three Stooges set to music,” this high-energy group performs the best of 50s and 60s music.

Also back by popular demand is The Shades of Blue for yet another free concert for fairgoers. Best known for their Soul Hit “Oh How Happy,” The Shades of Blue will have the audience singing and swaying to the rhythm on Thursday evening starting at 6:30 p.m.

All grandstand seats to the Sunday, Sept. 6 Lynyrd Skynyrd concert and Monday night’s concert featuring Dustin Lynch and Frankie Ballard are reserved. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased online through the Fair’s new, secure, Online Box Office which allows fairgoers to select their own seats and print their tickets straight from their computer. Tickets are also available by mail, by phone: 419-335-SHOW (7469), or in person at the Fair Ticket Office which has select hours; please check the Fair’s website,, for ticket office hours.

Regular gate admission to the Fulton County Fair is $5 per person and includes free parking. Children 15 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Money-saving season tickets may be purchased for $15 prior to the Fair. Gate or free admission does not include ticketed shows.

For more information about entertainment and attractions at the 158th Annual Fulton County Fair, visit

Shades of Blue returns to perform at the Fulton County Fair in 2015. of Blue returns to perform at the Fulton County Fair in 2015.

Lynyrd Skynyrd will rock the fairgrounds on Sunday, Sept. 5. Skynyrd will rock the fairgrounds on Sunday, Sept. 5. Submitted photos
Free concerts also planned