The Grays Harbor County Fair is nearly here. Oh, the food, the fun, the festivities! Carnival rides and games, that unique and blissful “fair food” and the hometown entertainment, as well as livestock and home crafts—could it get any better? Yes! And it does.
As always, there’s world class music coming to the Grays Harbor County Fair. And, this year’s headlining entertainment on the Pepsi Stage is no exception, featuring one of Billboard’s Top country artists, 2016 CMA nominee Old Dominion. Also appearing on the grand Pepsi stage are the locally popular Olsen Bros. Band from Olympia, a popular fan favorite that continues to grow in popularity. For something different, enjoy a cappella group The Coats from Puyallup and Portland’s Petty Fever—an award-winning Tom Petty tribute band.
RCA recording artist Old Dominion’s music has what reviewers call an “old-fashioned country charm, lyrical wit and rock n’ roll grit” that features “radio-friendly hook-heavy pop nuggets.” The band hits the Pepsi Stage on August 9. According to their website the band has “emerged as one of the hottest breaking bands in country music.” When they released their first full-length album Meat and Candy, ‘Entertainment Weekly’ called it a “deceptively smart, occasionally cheeky, stellar debut.”
Old Dominion released their platinum single, two-week Billboard No. 1 “Break Up with Him” and the RIAA certified gold country/pop crossover (skater) hit “Snapback” prior to their third Billboard Top Ten single “Song for Another Time.” At the time that this article was written, their song “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart” has spent 16 weeks on the Billboard charts and is currently at number 15 and climbing. They spent last summer on Kenny Chesney’s Spread the Love Tour.
Sponsored by Big Foot 107.3 and North Beach RV, Old Dominion hits the Grays Harbor County Fair Pepsi Stage hot off their spring tour with Miranda Lambert on her Highway Vagabond Tour. The ACM and ACCA Breakthrough Duo/Group of the Year are also nominated for two CMA Awards: Best New Artist and Vocal Group of the Year and Favorite Duo or Group – Country for the 2016 American Music Awards. Reserve seating tickets for the Wednesday, August 9 concert are now on sale at the Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds for $40 each. Those who purchase these tickets receive free fair admission. For those brave enough to take a chance, there is limited, general admission bleacher seating that’s free with paid fair admission. See fairgrounds website for details.
The Thursday, August 10 show features nationally touring artists, The Coats—the Pacific Northwest’s premiere a cappella band. In a career spanning almost two decades, the quartet has shared the stage with dozens of acts such as Gallagher, The Beach Boys, Jay Leno, Trisha Yearwood and Eddie Money. Performing classics and covers from Country to Christmas, their intensely arranged yet hilarious, interactive performance blends music and comedy. The concert is free with paid fair admission.
Originating in Olympia, The Olson Bros Band burst onto the country music scene in 2013 and had more than fifty shows on their 2016 summer schedule including an opening gig for Craig Morgan. Lead by singers and songwriters Luke and Isaac Olson, The Bros have recently been enjoying a little time on the radio waves throughout Washington for their new single “Dangerous.”
According to their website they are known “for their energy on stage and sweet vocal harmonies.” Luke and Isaac won a Texaco Country Showdown songwriting award for their hit song “Sunrise.” The band will perform on Friday, August 11 and the concert is free with fair admission.
Petty Fever is a multi-award winning full production Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers tribute band featuring the guitarist/vocalist and 2016 Hollywood FAME Award Winner, Frank Murray. Awards include a 2017 Las Vegas FAME Award for “Outstanding Tribute Band” and the 2013 and 2014 Los Angeles Music Awards “Tribute Band of The Year.”
Promoters say that “Petty Fever delivers a stunning salute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, performing over four decades of classic Petty hits such as ‘American Girl,’ ‘Free Falling,’ ‘Breakdown,’ ‘Running Down a Dream,’ ‘I Won’t Back Down,’ ‘You Wreck Me’ and many more to thrilled crowds of all ages.” The band, presented by Bayview Building Materials of Elma and the Vaughan Company, will perform on Saturday, August 12 and the concert is free with fair admission.
Of course there’s lots of other entertainment included with fair admission as well, including a talent show featuring local performers on Friday, August 11 (auditions June 22 and 24), award-winning comedian/magician Steve the Pretty Good (performing daily), Muriel’s Petting Zoo and the exotic animal rescue and educational exhibition A Walk on the Wild Side, sponsored by Great Northwest Federal Credit Union and Sierra Pacific. Plus, don’t forget about the free dirt track, auto racing action at the Grays Harbor Raceway, on Saturday, August 12th. And finally, musicians from Harbor area churches will join for an all-comers Christian Entertainment Service at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, August 13.
The Grays Harbor County Fair runs August 9-13 at the fairgrounds in Elma, Wash.
Admission prices are as follows: Adults are $10, Seniors (63+) $7, Youth (6-15) $7, Kids (under 5) are free. Thursday is “Kids Day” with a $2 discount for Youth Admission and a Military Discount is offered throughout the entire Fair. Plus, Admission is FREE for one hour only (from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.) on Sunday of the fair. Parking is $5 per day. Carnival Wristbands, for unlimited rides, will be on sale at the Fairgrounds Office, plus three Anchor Banks in Grays Harbor County (Elma, Montesano and Aberdeen)—pre-sales are $22; day of fair price will be $27 each.