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Acts slated for 153rd Clearfield Fair
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The directors of the Clearfield Fair and Park Board have announced entertainment for the grandstand stage and Expo II Plaza at the 153rd Clearfield County Fair. The fair will be held July 29 through Aug. 3.
Catch country star Brantley Gilbert on Aug. 2., legendary rock group Lynryd Skynrd July 31, and budding music sensation Victoria Justice on July 30. Track seating for each grandstand show is standing room only. Bleacher and grandstand seating are also available. Saturday evening's entertainment will be announced at a later date.
Brantley Gilbert kicked off the second leg of his "Hell On Wheels Tour" with a bang having already performed to seven sold-out arenas in Kansas City, Missouri; Lincoln, Neb.; Mankato, Minn.; Corbin, Kentucky; Morgantown, W.Va.; Augusta, Ga. and Chattanooga, Tenn. Music critics have noted the close connection Gilbert maintains with his fans during the live performances: The Kansas City Star notes, "...what he does say in his blue-collar way resonates with fans, an even mix of males and females, from their 20s to their 40s. That big crowd hooted and hollered and sang through much of it, from the love ballads like "Saving Amy" to the Southern rock anthems like ‘G.R.I.T.S.'" Gilbert's set includes an array of music from his rowdy hits "Country Must Be Country Wide" and "Kick It In The Sticks" to the softer No. 1 "You Don't Know Her Like I Do" and "More Than Miles."
Lynyrd Skynyrd is about an indomitable will, survival of spirit; unbowed, uniquely American, stubbornly resolute. Led by core members Gary Rossington (guitar), Johnny Van Zant (vocals) and Rickey Medlocke (guitar), along with longtime drummer Michael Cartellone, Lynyrd Skynyrd has maintained a legacy that began more than 40 years ago in Jacksonville, Fla., and continues with the recently released Last Of A Dying Breed (Roadrunner).
The band's career was halted for a decade after the 1977 plane crash that killed three band members, including Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines, and then subsequently faced adversity through the losses of Billy Powell, Ean Evans, Allen Collins, Leon Wilkeson and Huey Thomasson, yet they rock on. With a catalog of more than 60 albums, sales beyond 30 million worldwide and their beloved classic American rock anthem "Sweet Home Alabama" having over two million downloaded ringtones, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a cultural icon that appeals to all generations. Last of a Dyin' Breed, the New Studio Album, is on sale now.
Victoria Justice's star continues to rise. The 19-year-old, originally from Hollywood, Fla., is the star of her own hit Nickelodeon series Victorious. In her Nickelodeon series, Victoria plays the musically talented "Tori Vega," who unexpectedly finds herself navigating life as a student at "Hollywood Arts High," an elite performing arts high school. Victoria's vocal talents are showcased on Victorious, the first official soundtrack from the series. A number of the songs have already turned into bonafide smashes, including the driving "Freak the Freak Out."
Gate admission includes a variety of entertainment including those found in the Expo II Plaza.
This year features Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix - a menagerie of mongrels. The trainer has acquired each through pet shelters.
With a Charlie Chaplin-like shuffler, Peers silently plays the fall guy to his mutts. They jump rope together, they knock him down, and they walk over him. The flawless comic timing, choreography and uncanny collaboration produce a truly great show.
High Flying Pages Aerial & Animal Equestrian Artistry consists of 30 minutes of non-stop height, thrill and laughter. The show features a double catcher flying trapeze-aerial artistry of flipping, twisting and catching aerialist 50 feet high in the air.
Grandpa Cratchet is a crotchety, professional-type hand puppet. The slapstick humor, wit and charm of the characters bring these values alive in a vibrant way that appeals to audiences of all ages. Don't miss Grandpa, his dog Fuzzball, Afterburner Bunny, and Squirt the Skunk.
The board of directors held its annual reorganizational meeting in January. Officers were elected as follows: David Franson, president; Rex Fink, vice president; Larry Bickel, secretary; David Hallstrom, state representative and treasurer; and Greg Hallstrom, manager.
Check for updates on the fair's official website or Facebook page. An on-sale date for show tickets is yet to be set.
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