The Hardin County Commu­nity Fair & Horse Show starts next week and there’s something new on the Tuesday night schedule, a concert by country music recording artists Confederate Railroad.

“Each year the goal is to build upon last year’s fair and make this year’s fair bigger and better,” fair board president Marty Fulkerson said.

Looking at the schedule at the motorsports area, he said most of the bases were covered with the demolition derby, free monster truck rides, truck pulls, tractor pulls and a rodeo. But there wasn’t anything scheduled for Tuesday night.

“We brought it up during a board meeting and the board was interested in taking a look at the possibility of having a touring recording artist perform at the fair,” he said. “This is something that we have never had at the fair and we thought if we could put all the pieces together that it would add a tremendous value to this year’s fair.”

He said the board spoke with a talent agent about what they wanted, the venue, date and budget.

“After our discussion, we agreed that Confederate Railroad would be a great show for the Har­din County Fair,” he said. The sponsors, which include the Swope Family of Dealerships, Elizabethtown Tourism & Conven­tion Bureau and Brite Electric, agreed.

Confederate Railroad had hit singles like “Jesus and Mamma,” “Trashy Women” and “She Never Cried” on country music radio in the 1990s.

Their most recent album is called “Lucky to be Alive.”

The band released six studio albums with more than 20 sin­gles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

Fulkerson said the concert will allow them to make what is a great six-day event even better.

“As with all outdoor events sometimes the weather wins especially if it rains,” he said.

If the weather cooperates, the concert will be at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the motorsports arena.

“We encourage people to bring lawn chairs if they want to sit in front of the stage on the track, or we have bleachers that they can sit in as well,” he said.

The concert is included with a $12 admission to the fair.

As with all events, the board will evaluate the concert’s success to see if something similar will be done the next year, Fulkerson said.

“The Hardin County Fair Board is super excited though,” he said.

Other entertainment options will be available throughout the week of the fair.

“One of our goals over the last couple of years has been to offer the local talent a venue to showcase their talent,” he said. “This year we are continuing that goal.”

Monday night will feature a performance by Gracie Yates and Magnolia Vale. On Tuesday Kevin Jaggers will open for Confederate Railroad.

On Thursday, Sean T. Johnson will perform with his new band Forging The Fable and Kevin Jaggers will return Saturday to close out the fair, Fulkerson said.

“We have a great board of directors and our goal is to offer the citizens of Hardin County the best county fair in Kentucky each year,” Fulkerson said. “Having Confederate Railroad in concert this year helps us move really close to that goal.”

The Hardin County Fair & Horse Show is located at 5617 South Dixie Highway in Glendale. The fair opens Monday and runs through July 13.

For more information, call 270-369-8406 or email at info@hardincountyfair.com.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1740 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

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