The Lincoln County Fair welcomes home Jake Shafer!
Jake will perform on the Main Stage July 13 at 7:30 pm opening for Scotty McCreery!
You won’t find a single road that leads from rural Lincoln County, Missouri to Nashville, Tennessee. Singer/songwriter J
After entertaining audiences for several years back home, a series of fortunate events led Shafer to Nashville to pursue his country music dreams. He’s determined to enjoy every minute of the journey and create great memories for himself and the people at his shows along the way.
*All concerts included with admission to the Lincoln County Fair!
The Lincoln County Fair is proud to welcome Scotty McCreery to the Main Stage on Saturday, July 13 at 9 pm!
“I’ve lived a lot of life since my last record,” says Scotty McCreery. “I moved out on my own, I travelled across the country and the world, I got engaged, I was dropped by my label, I was even robbed at gunpoint. So I really wanted this album to show who Scotty is at 24, what’s going on in my life, and I think we accomplished that.”
With his third album (plus a chart-topping Christmas record), the young star takes a huge creative step forward. He co-wrote all 11 songs on Seasons Change, working with some of the finest songwriters in Nashville to express a wide range of emotions and musical styles. And after a lengthy legal struggle that kept him on the sidelines for several years, McCreery placed a bold bet with his career that has paid off with a new label and a reinvigorated attitude.
“At first, it actually started pretty simple,” he says. “We were just looking for the best songs. But then as my life got more complicated, I knew I wanted to make a record that was a lot more personal, and I felt that writing more myself would help capture that.”
After winning Season Ten of American Idol in 2011, McCreery made history when he became the youngest male artist of any genre, and the first country music artist ever, to have his debut album enter at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Clear as Day was certified Platinum for sales of one million units in just 13 weeks and became the best-selling solo album released by a country artist in 2011. The singles “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble with Girls” were also certified Platinum. He won the New Artist of the Year award at both the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards and the American Country Awards, and also received the CMT Award for Breakthrough Video of the Year for “The Trouble with Girls.”
A year later, Christmas with Scotty McCreery debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Holiday Albums chart and was quickly certified Gold. His next album, 2013’s See You Tonight, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, and “See You Tonight” and “Feelin’ It” both reached the Top 10 and were certified Platinum and Gold respectively. “See You Tonight” earned McCreery both his first BMI Award for writing one of the Top 50 Country Songs of 2015, and his first Music Row No. 1 Challenge Coin for landing atop the Music Row Country Breakout Chart.
While he had been working on his songwriting craft throughout his rapid rise, McCreery felt that he really needed to buckle down and study if he was going to tell the stories he really wanted to tell on Seasons Change. “I wanted to write with everybody,” he says. “I was just trying to be a sponge and soak up all I could. It really set me up to where I could write every song on the record, and not feel like I was compromising the quality of what I was singing.”
Key to his growth was producer Frank Rogers (Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker), who co-wrote six of the album’s songs and helped steer the ship. “Frank worked on my last record, but this time he really took me under his wing,” says McCreery. “I lean a little more to the traditional side, but he does a great job of getting new sounds and traditional sounds and meshing them together.” He also brought in Aaron Eshuis and Derek Wells as co-producers on the album. “Derek had played on my last album and he’s one of the most in-demand session players in town. I knew he had the musical ear and strong musical point of view that would enrich this project. And with Aaron — every time we sat down, we wrote a great song. Having Frank, Derek and Aaron was a great combination.”
The first song he worked on after his lengthy fight with his old label was resolved was “Seasons Change,” writing with James McNair and Tommy Cecil. “That was my first time diving back into music after dealing with lawyers for a year, and I felt rejuvenated,” he says. “I decided that very day that it was going to be on the record.”
Another thrill came when North Carolina resident McCreery got to write the beach-music-inspired “Barefootin’” with David Lee Murphy. “He’s had such huge hits, has such a way with words, and ‘Dust on the Bottle’ is one of my all-time favorite songs,” says McCreery. “I never expected to write with him, and then we sat down and wrote one of my favorite songs—that was a great day.”
The greatest breakthrough, however, may have come in February 2015, when he wrote “Five More Minutes” with Rogers and Monty Criswell. “I knew it was a special song,” he says. “I tweeted that day that we just wrote my favorite song I’d ever written.” As the search for a new label continued, McCreery and his team made a brave decision, and released the song on their own, with no record company behind it.
“Most sane people would have said to wait,” he says, “but my management and I really believed in it—and at the core of country music, it still comes down to the song. And we were willing to bet on that. We knew it might take a while, but we felt like we could do it and build something one step at a time.”
It didn’t take a while. On its first day of release, “Five More Minutes” was ranked No. 2 on the iTunes country singles chart and No. 9 on the iTunes all-genre singles chart. It debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard Country Digital Sales Chart, McCreery’s highest ranking on that chart since his debut single in 2011. It was the first country music single in history to reach the Top 50 on the Country Aircheck/Mediabase chart without being released on a record label.
The emotional music video, with home movies of McCreery as a boy alongside his family and friends, was the No.1 country music video and the No. 2 music video overall on iTunes. It stayed at No. 1 on the GAC Top 20 Countdown for six weeks. His powerful performance of “Five More Minutes” on the Grand Ole Opry stage during CMA Music Festival won the 2016 Rare Country Award for “Grand Ole Opry Moment of the Year.”
“Sometimes you feel like you’ve really got to sell something,” says McCreery, “but this one, from the first time people heard it, everybody started telling me their own stories, and I enjoyed that more than anything else. It would have put us in a predicament if it hadn’t succeeded—looking back, yeah, it was a crazy thing to do, but we just went full steam ahead.” The final piece fell into place when, just as “Five More Minutes” hit the Top 40 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, McCreery signed with Triple Tigers Records/Sony Music Entertainment.
“Triple Tigers is a great fit for me,” said McCreery. “They are music people and they work hard. With this label on my side, ‘Five More Minutes’ has become my fastest rising single to reach Top 15 since my debut single. And we’ve only just begun.”
Of course, there’s one other big story that underlies Seasons Change. In September 2017, the guy who was voted both “Country Music’s Hottest Bachelor” and “Country Music’s Sexiest Man” by the readers of NASH Country Weekly Magazine proposed to longtime girlfriend Gabi Dugal in the mountains of North Carolina.
“She’s a huge part of this record, the inspiration for all the love songs,” he says. “We met in kindergarten–her kindergarten diary has ‘Mrs. McCreery’ written in it with hearts around it. We started dating senior year of high school, and became best friends in the last few years.”
The song “This Is It” even spells out a play-by-play blueprint for popping the question.
“I had the ring in the closet for months and had the day all planned out,” he says. “And it all went great, just like the song lays it out—it would have been awkward if she had said no!”
Now, with a wedding on the way, a hit on the charts, and a new lease on his musical life, everything looks great in McCreery’s world. Things get sunnier. Seasons change.
QUESTIONS ABOUT ADMISSION TO THE FAIR?
Q: Can I purchase a season pass and how much is it?
Season passes are available for purchase in advance of the Fair at numerous locations. They are also available at any entry gate at the Fairgrounds through Thursday night.
Adult passes (13 & older) – $40.00
Child passes (5 – 12) – $25.00
Children ages 4 and under are admitted free!
Q: What are the daily admission prices?
Tuesday, July 10
– Adults (13 & older) – $10.00, Children 5-12 – FREE, Children 4 & under – FREE
Wednesday, July 11
– Adults (13 & older) – $15.00, Children 5-12 – $8.00, Children 4 & under – FREE
Thursdsay, July 12
– Adults (13 & older) – $10.00, Children 5-12 – $8.00, Children 4 & under – FREE
Friday, July 13
– Adults (13 & older) – $20.00, Children 5-12 – $8.00, Children 4 & under – FREE
Saturday, July 14
– Adults (13 & older) – $20.00, Children 5-12 – $8.00, Children 4 & under – FREE
*Shirt/shoes required for entry.
Q: Do you offer discounts on admission?
We do not offer any discounts (senior citizen/military/law enforcement/disabled) on admission to our Fair.
Q: What forms of payment are accepted?
We accept payment in cash or by check with proper identification. There is an ATM located on the grounds.
Q: What are your operating hours?
The Lincoln County Fairgrounds is open for paid admission daily beginning at 8 am. See the schedule here for daily events/activities: http://lincolncountyfair.net/schedule/
Q: If I need to leave the Fairgrounds, will I be allowed re-entry?
If you paid to enter the Fair we will provide you with an admission pass for re-entry.
Q: What is the charge for rides/concerts/shows?
Once you have paid for admission all events and activites are included at no additional charge!! Enjoy Fair week!
Q: Do you allow free admission after 9 pm each night?
You must pay to enter the Fairgrounds beginning at 8 am each day.
Q: Can I bring beverages/coolers into the Lincoln County Fairgrounds?
Other than bottled water, you cannot bring any other drinks and/or coolers onto the Fairgrounds. Numerous food/beverage options are available on the grounds. Bringing alcoholic beverages, narcotics or any illegal substances onto LACF property is strictly prohibited.
Q: Do you rent out wheelchairs and strollers?
No, we do not. You are welcome to bring your own onto the Fairgrounds.
Q: Are pets allowed?
Bringing pets into the Lincoln County Fairgrounds is not allowed, with the exception of service animals.
Q: Are seats reserved for the concerts or general admission?
Seating for all concerts is general admission. You are allowed to bring lawn chairs in early and set them out. We also have bleacher seats available.
Q: Do you have a Lost and Found/Information booth if I have questions?
Yes. Our Lost and Found is located on the east end of the Exhibit Hall. When you enter the main gate of the Fair it is straight ahead on your left.
Introducing the 2018 Lincoln County Fair Queen Candidates!
Alayna Kaimann- Bank of Old Monroe
Claire Lavy- Tender Heart Kennels
Jane Zuroweste- Silex Banking Company
Kirsten Watts- Flynn Well Drilling
Kylie Niederer- Troy & Wentzville Veterinary Clinics
Laura Reid- Thornhill Real Estate & Auction Co.
Molly Hutson- Meyers Select Homes
Riley Sullivan- Central Elevator
Tori Edwards- Heartland Restoration
Chloe Momphard- Flynn Law, LLC.
Danielle Williams- Lincoln County Animal Hospital
OPEN COMMUNITY EXHIBIT REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Open Community Exhibit Registration
You will need to visit the website, to complete the Open Home Economic registration for the 2018 Lincoln County Fair. This can be completed between Friday, June 1 and Friday, June 29, 2018 before 9:00 P.M.
This website will be used ONLY for Open Home Economic & Community Exhibit Hall entries. During this process, you will need to create a user name and password per exhibitor.
Please retain this information as the exhibit hall committee will not have access to this and it cannot be retrieved.
Please direct questions to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your cooperation and patience while we make this transition!
See pages 66-70 of the 2018 Fair Book for classes and information.
The 2018 Official Fair Book and Brochure are now available! Be sure to get your copy today!
You can also view the book online here:
Fair Book Part One
We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to all of our 2018 Lincoln County Fair Book advertisers! Your support of the efforts of the Lincoln County Fair are tremendously appreciated!!!
BETTY COX NAMED 2018 FRIEND OF THE FAIR!
The longevity of the Lincoln County Fair would not be possible without the countless volunteers that make it happen. Each year the Fair proudly names a “Friend of the Fair” acknowledging contributions of time, talent and treasure. It is our honor to name Betty Cox the 2018 Friend of the Fair!
Interested in participating in the 2018 Lincoln County Fair Parade?
Held Sunday, July 8 through Historic Downtown Troy at 5 pm!
On Sunday, we are excited to kick-off our week-long fair with our 58th Annual Lincoln County Fair Parade through Historic Downtown Troy. For more information and maps visit http://lincolncountyfair.net/events/fair-parade/
In preparation for the parade we want to remind parade entrants the following rules and regulations:
- City Ordinances should be followed, specifically no items being thrown to spectators during the parade, including candy. Those wishing to distribute items must have persons walking to hand out items.
2. Participants and spectators must obey directions from City and/or County Police Officers.
3. Parade route ends at Troy Buchanan High School so please coordinate pick-up and drop-off at the High School. Individuals are not allowed to ride on floats while being towed outside of parade route including through town or on Hwy. 61. Outside of the parade route, drivers and motorcyclist must have a license and be insured and motorcyclists must wear helmets.
4. The parade officials REQUIRE those entering horses provide clean-up crew or have horses wear a catch apparatus. If clean-up crew or catch apparatus is not provided then horse entries will be put at the end of the parade line-up. (for horses at the end of the route please keep your horses in the shade and watered until 5:50pm and then come up to line-up area)
5. All vehicles (excluding Semis) that will go through parade route MUST enter for line-up through the Clonts Field entrance off Hwy. 47 by 4pm. Drop-Off Vehicles and Parking will need to be found elsewhere. Semis and political entries must arrive by 3pm. (walkers can join closer to start time)
6. Business and Political entries are limited to two units. A unit is described as any motorized or horse drawn conveyance. A pull vehicle and connected trailer are considered one unit.
7. Bikes and motorcycles must not be operated recklessly and must stay within parade diameters by not driving close to the crowd.
8. If entries/vehicles would like to go through parade route together, entries/vehicles must arrive together.
9. Parade entries must be dressed and act in a family friendly, G Rated, manner.
10. Animals must be constrained and kept on float at all times during parade route.