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Merced County Fair announces 2019 entertainment line-up

James Garner is a top tribute performer of Johnny Cash music
James Garner is a top tribute performer of Johnny Cash music

The Merced County Fair is excited to announce its line-up for the 2019 Table Mountain FREE Concert Series presented by Coors Light, which is held on the Outdoor Theatre Stage, as well as the Fair’s action-packed Grandstand Entertainment for this year presented by Table Mountain Casino, O’ReillyAuto Parts, Coors Light and Rancho San Miguel Markets.

“These past couple of years tribute shows have been a huge hit at our fair bringing the community out for a fun night of singing and dancing,” said Teresa Burrola, CEO of The Merced County Fair. “So we are keeping with that trend and bringing more live tributes of popular artists that we think our community will love. Not only do we get to hear these amazing tributes, but we’re thrilled to bring two great artists that will get the crowd on their feet! Plus our amazing Grandstand entertainment line-up is sure to help make this year the most magical yet!”

Table Mountain FREE Concert Series
• Wednesday, June 5
James Garner’s
Tribute to Johnny Cash
For more than a decade, Garner and his band have faithfully recreated Cash’s biggest hits with stunning accuracy in a show that walks the line! The band has performed more than 500 shows, including a special concert at Folsom State Prison in 2008 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Cash’s infamous live album recorded behind prison walls.

• Thursday, June 6
Country Artists Tribute
The Country Artists Tribute show was put together in 2014 by Frank Garrett, owner of Reno Vegas Entertainment, to bring the songs of country’s most popular artists to the masses! They searched the nation to find the best look and sound-a-likes to create a show where you truly believe you are watching the actual artists! Don’t miss the chance to see this incredible tribute to Jason Aldean, Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney!

• Friday, June 7
Morris Day & The Time
The Time, a vibrant funk band that formed in Minneapolis in 1981, was the brainchild of Prince, who put the group together as an outlet for his funkier leaning. Fronted by the colorful and charismatic Morris Day and featuring a talented cast of players, The Time racked up a string of hits in the early ‘80s, gaining an additional popularity boost from their featured role in Prince’s classic 1984 rock musical, Purple Rain. With his dynamic dancing and smooth yet gutsy vocals, Morris Day & The Time played and essential role in the development of the Twin City dance/club sound of the 1980’s. Fans won’t want to miss this nostalgic concert as Morris Day & The Time will perform top hits “Jungle Love,” “Fishnet,” “The Bird” and many more.

• Saturday, June 8
Canaan Smith
This up and coming country singer and songwriter has a talent for telling life’s story through his music; whether that’s painting a portrait of a burgeoning relationship in the hit single “Love You Like That” or honoring the memory of his brother in the powerful title track “Bronco,” Smith knows how to draw listeners into his world. He has earned the respect of his peers and his songs have been recorded by Cole Swindell, Florida-Georgia Line, Jason Aldean and more.

• Sunday, June 9
“Gracie as Jenni”
Since 2012, Graciela “Gracie” Monico has been spreading joy by paying tribute to Jenni Rivera. Inspired by the frequency in which fans would mistake Gracie for Jenni, this tribute show was created to pay homage to the talented singer and strong woman who in her career sold more than 15 million copies of her 12 majorlabel albums. All concerts start at 8:30 p.m. and admission is free with your paid Fair admission, which is $10 for Adults and $5 for kids 12 and under (remember, kids 5 and under are always free). There are also plenty of ways to save before the Fair starts! Pre-sale Adult Admission tickets are just $7 (a $3 savings!) and Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristbands are just $25 (a $5 savings!) and are good for any one day of the Fair!

The Merced County Fair discounted pre-sale starts on Monday, April 2 at 8 a.m.; tickets can be purchased online at: mercedcountyfair.com; or at the Fair Administration office during regular office hours. The Grandstand shows at The Merced County Fair are all about action-packed adventure, and this year’s line-up will give Fairgoers just that from motorcross to tractor pulls, a rodeo and more! Merced County Fair Management expects big crowds again with this year’s great Grandstand line-up proudly sponsored by Table Mountain Casino, Rancho San Miguel Markets, O’Reilly Auto Parts and Coors Light. All shows begin at 7 p.m. and admission is $5. Children 5 years and under are free. NEW this year, Grandstand admission is free on opening night for the Merced Speedway Auto Racing! Grandstand Entertainment

• Wednesday, June 5
Merced Auto Racing

• Thursday, June 6
• Friday, June 7
Valley Tractor Pullers’ Tractor Pull

• Saturday, June 8
Bull Riding

• Sunday, June 9
Gran Jaripeo
(Bull Riding, Dancing Horses, Banda Music & more!)

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