Montgomery Gentry to headline fair

Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music Duo of the Year in 2000, Montgomery Gentry will be playing at the Tri-County Fair in Petersburg July 29. This will be the first visit by the highly popular duo to the Potomac Valley.

Born and raised in Kentucky, Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry have teamed up to produce more than 20 chart singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including five number one hits.

Ten more of the duo’s songs have charted in the top ten on country charts including the most played song by a duo in 2005 “Gone.” Three of the duo’s albums have been certified platinum – “Tattoos & Scars” (1999), “My Town” (2002) and “You Do Your Thing” (2004). Montgomery Gentry was nominated every year between 2000 and 2009 by both the CMA and ACM for Duo of the Year awards and the album “Back When I Knew It All” (2008) was nominated by the ACM for Album of the Year.

Tickets for the Montgomery Gentry performance will go on sale May 1 on the Tri-County Fair website and at the Southside Depot in Petersburg. There are just over 3,000 seats available for the show, approximately 1,300 are ground level seats and 1,700 are grandstand seats.

“We knew we had started something special here at the Tri-County Fair last year with Charlie Daniels, and I believe we’ve brought another great headliner to the fair this year,” said fair spokesperson Dean Alanko. “Eddie and Troy’s blend of traditional country music and southern rock, along with what promises to be a high energy show, will make for a night to be remembered here at the Tri-County Fair. Just like last year, Hott Insurance in Petersburg, Franklin and Keyser is our show sponsor and we appreciate their help bringing such a big name to town.”

Entertainment at the fair begins on Saturday with the horse show, followed by the annual gospel music performance on Sunday night.

This year America’s favorite family of gospel music, the Hoppers, will be performing their collection of inspiring gospel songs. The Hoppers are favorites on the Gaither Homecoming Series and will bring an inspiring message and a great night of music to the fair. The Fair Queen Pageant is Monday night.

A 64-team cornhole tournament will take place in the grandstand area on Thursday evening, followed by an antique tractor pull on Friday. Rising star and West Virginia native Wyatt Turner closes out the fair on Saturday night with his brand of country music, including his hit, “You Remind Me of West Virginia.”