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Fair Attractions & Entertainment

Rodney Atkins
Sunday, September 6, 7 pm
Main Stage, Grandstand

Rodney Atkins
Sunday, September 6, 7 pm, Main Stage, Grandstand

Rodney Atkins is as authentic as they come. Whether he's taking in a baseball game with son Elijah or entertaining thousands of fans with one of his many mega-hits, Atkins expresses a refreshing simplicity and sincerity that reflects the values he holds so dear: Putting family first, making the most of what you have, and staying true to yourself in a rapidly-changing world.

With the February 2015 release of his first-ever hits compilation, Rodney Atkins – Greatest Hits, the award-winning singer/songwriter shares 11 of his best-loved songs -- including his six No. 1 smashes "Take A Back Road," "It's America," "Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy)," "These Are My People," "Watching You" and "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)" -- and puts a fresh spin on the simple pleasures of everyday love with his brand new single, "Eat Sleep Love You Repeat."

Rodney Atkins – Greatest Hits is Atkins' fifth album via longtime label home Curb Records. His last studio album, Take A Back Road (produced by Ted Hewitt), yielded Atkins' sixth career No. 1 hit and fastest-rising single to date with the title track. "Take A Back Road," written by Luke Laird and Rhett Akins, was also named Song of the Year at the 2012 BMI Awards and marked Rodney's third Song of the Year win -- "Watching You" (2007 / Brian White) and "If You're Going Through Hell" (2006 / Sam and Annie Tate) also earned the title.

When he's not in the studio working on new music, Rodney is working hard out on the road, connecting with loyal fans in cities across the country. An avid supporter of our military, he completed his third USO entertainment tour to Kuwait and Afghanistan in 2014, also one of the last entertainment tours to Afghanistan, and continues to headline dates across the country.


Enjoy the crashin', smashin' action of our annual Demolition Derbies. Catch 3 heats, 4 cylinders, 6 cylinders and 8 cylinders, both nights plus a Special Mini Van heat on Wednesday night. Over $1500 in prizes given out.


Get ready to be wowed with Freestyle Motocross on Friday night as riders attempt to impress judges with jumps and stunts. Big Air (also known as Best Trick) gives each rider two jumps, usually covering more than 75ft, from a dirt-covered ramp. Judged on the style, trick difficulty, and originality, each rider's highest single-jump score is compared; top score wins. In the Freestyle portion of the show, the riders perform two routines on a course consisting of multiple jumps of varying lengths and angles. Like Big Air, a panel of judges scores difficult tricks and variations over jumps.

You gotta see it to believe it…


What started out many years ago with farmers bringing their favorite tractors out of the fields to the local fair and pulling the heaviest stone boat the furthest has progressed into the HEAVIEST MOTOR SPORT IN THE WORLD! Watch these modified, Super Stock and Super Farm class tractors and 4 wheel drive trucks roar past the Grandstand in hopes of a full pull, bragging rights and points towards the circuit championship!

Lawnmower Racing

Get ready for lawnmowers that race at speeds from 6 to 60 mph depending on track size and race class. Race classes include AP, SP, CP, BP, FX, IMOW and Jr. IMOW. Drivers race for trophies, glory and bragging rights. We turn a weekend chore into a competitive sport! Let's MOW!

"Slack" Competition

Capture the excitement of bareback, saddle bronc, and bull riding. Hold on to your cowboy hats during the team roping, calf roping, and steer wrestling, and as the ladies race against the clock in the barrel racing contest.

Eudora Farms
Petting Zoo - DailY

Experience the all-new interactive, hands on exotic animal petting zoo. It includes 20-25 rare and exotic animals from around the world. Animal ambassadors such as, "Little Joe" (the wallaby) "Juliet" (The Scotch Highlander) "Humphrey" (The Camel) "Rascal" (The Fennec Fox) and "Kevin Bacon" (the Pot Belly Pig). All the animals bring smiles to all who meet them! Young and young at heart will enjoy Eudora Farms Petting Zoo and the thrill of a camel ride. That's right! An actual camel ride!

Mutts Gone Nuts
Wed,Thurs,Fri,Sat, Sun 1 pm, 3 pm, 6 pm

Mutts Gone Nuts' Canine Cabaret unleashes havoc and hilarity as the mischievous mutts match wits with their human companions. This family-friendly performance features a dozen amazing rescued dogs and is leaving audiences howling for more!

Christina Dellea
Thursday, Sept. 3 • 6-10 pm, Upper Entertainment Garden

Christina Dellea is a "one-woman-band" with full band sound on keyboard, and hand percussion. Specializing in contemporary pop music especially from the 60/70's/80's eras, and pop originals from her cds. If you know Karla Bonoff, Carly Simon, and Linda Ronstadt then you have a good idea of what she sounds like.

The Harvest Duo
Saturday, Sept. 5 • 6-10 pm, Upper Entertainment Garden

The Harvest Duo is Debbie on vocals/percussion and Denny on guitar/vocals. They cover a wide variety of music including Contemporary Hits, Rock, Oldies, Motown, Country, and Standards.

the REVERBERATORS "unplugged"
Monday, Sept. 7 • 2-6 pm, Upper Entertainment Garden

the REVERBERATORS "Unplugged", a scaled back version of the Capital District dance & party band the REVERBERATORS are two Albany area multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriters – Marty McDermott and John Parsons. In this incarnation, Marty & John play an acoustic version of their material – a diverse mix of Americana, Roots Rock, Blues and Folk.

Extreme Illusions & Escapes
Thursday, September 3 - Friday, September 7 •
1 pm, 4:30 pm, 7 pm, NorthGate Stage

ONE OF THE LARGEST TOURING ILLUSION SHOWS IN THE UNITED STATES! Entertaining audiences of all ages, Josh Knotts & Lea perform a mix of amazing stage illusions, skillful escapes, audience participation and exciting music. Certainly not your everyday 'magic' act... forget all you know and prepare to be amazed by Extreme Illusions & Escapes.

Brad Matchett Comedy
Hypnosis show
Thursday-SUNDAY, September 3 - 6 - 7 PM - 8:30 PM
Monday, September 7 • 7 PM - 8 pm
NorthGate Stage

In family friendly Vegas style Hypnosis Show, C.H. Brad Matchett uses only volunteers, no actors, just people who want to experience the great feeling of Hypnosis. Hypnosis can often be described as a deep state of Relaxation. One hour of Hypnosis is like 6 to 8 hours of sleep. We all go in and out of Hypnosis every day, driving, reading a book, watching TV even playing video games.

Thursday, September 3 - Monday, September 7 •
2:30 pm & 5:30 pm, NorthGate Stage

Agricadabra uses facts such as the average age of the farmer in New York, what percent of farmers are women in New York, the difference between a broiler chicken and an egg layer and where New York ranks in production of each. They'll do old McDonald's farm, change someone into a farmer, do some cooking with Houdini the Live Rabbit and the amazing 6′ balloon.

8 one 9
Saturday, Sept. 5 • 6-10 pm, Beer Pavillion

8 one 9 brings one of the most diverse mixes of classic and modern rock found in The Hudson Valley today. Priding themselves on a unique blend of popular and recognizable songs you will be surprised at the various genres their set lists cross. From the politically charged music of the late 60's to today's power pop and even some of the most memorable acts of the 1980's. Few bands can, or are willing, to play within so many different genres all while keeping that classic rock n roll sound. Never claiming to be something they are not, 8 one 9 brings great energy and a set list that appeals to many different generations.

Wednesday, Sept. 2 • 3:30, 5:30, 7:30 pm, Thursday,
Sept. 3 - Monday, Sept. 7 • 12, 2, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30 pm

These awkward, but cute and cuddly racing animals fascinate spectators. Real crowd pleasers, these natural comedians bolt from the starting gate and race around the track snorting and squealing, stubby legs churning and curly tails sailing along behind.

Sunday, September 6 • 2 pm - 7 pm

"Music Box Productions" consists of two friends who genuinely enjoy playing, singing, and spinning discs…entertaining for you!

Mike and Herb have been providing professional music services for over 35 years. Whether you are listening for the swing of the standards, hip on the 50's, groovin' to the 60's, a fan of the 70's, 80's, or 90's rock, stuck on the country scene, or into today's top 40, we have something in our repertoire for everyone.

Their karaoke song selection presently contains over 70,000 song titles plus top quality sound systems for up to (5) singers at a time. With karaoke, everyone is a singer. Karaoke is the fun you never outgrow.

Allen and Azzaam
Saturday, September 5 • 1-5 pm
Upper Entertainment Garden

CONTEMPORARY JAZZ, RHYTHM AND BLUES, & STANDARD INTERPRETATIONS The music of ALLEN & AZZAAM is the product of a collaborative effort between saxophonist Allen Halstead and pianist Azzaam Hameed. Each musician has over 40 years of providing professional music entertainment, in all genres, for their listeners. Their individual portfolios include playing with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Joel and Lou Rawls as well as many local jazz artists. Together, ALLEN & AZZAAM specialize in presenting the standards, and the "not-so" standard with a bit of a twist.

Rowdy Rooster Roadster
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 • 12:00, 4:30 & 6:30 PM,
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 6 • 12, 4, and 6:30 PM

Rowdy Rooster will be cruising around in his Roadster telling jokes, giving out Ag information and help people around the fair grounds. Make sure you get your picture with him and his cool car.

DJ Jack Bogarski
Beer Pavilion, Daily

DJ Jack Bogarski returns to the Beer Pavilion for his 18th consecutive year this 2015 season. Jack has provided the musical entertainment for all ages during the day and for the over 21 crowd from 7pm to close. He carries over 30,000 tunes and sticks to his reputation of playing the right song at the right time. Stop down to the Beer Pavilion located behind the main grandstands for a cold one, and bring your fair food too. There are picnic tables for resting, and plenty of room for dancing when you are in the mood. See ya there!

Columbia County Fair is sponsored by A. Carlusso & Son, Inc. and Hudson River Bankd & Trust Co. Foundation