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Franklin County Agricultural Fair Offers Diverse Musical Performances

Attendees to the 2016 Franklin County Agricultural Fair will be entertained and treated to a range of musical styles performing Wednesday, Sept. 14 through Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Franklin County Recreation Park, 2150 Sontag Road in Rocky Mount. The Harvester Stage, sponsored by Harvester Performance Center, will feature a dynamic lineup of seven professional bands and an open stage for community musicians.


Regardless of age or music genre, the open stage will provide musicians in the community an opportunity to showcase their skills and talents in front of a live audience. The opportunity is only available to current and past residents of Franklin County, who will be given a 15-minute slot. Each performer will receive one (1) free admission ticket to the fairgrounds. There is no charge to perform. A limited number of slots are available on a first-come basis and advance registration is required. Those interested with participating in the open stage can contact stage manager Alex Young at (540) 420-1973 or e-mail Info@FCAgFair.com.


The scheduled bands performing on the Harvester Stage are: Mason Creek (Wednesday from 6 – 9 pm), Bishop M. L. Hardy and the Sons of Thunder (Thursday 6 – 9 pm), Town Mountain (Friday 6 – 8 pm), The Hackensaw Boys (Friday 8 - 10 pm), True Cadence (Saturday 3 - 5 pm), Corey Hunley and the Millionaires (Saturday 5:30 - 7:30 pm), and Live at the Fillmore (Saturday 8 - 10 pm).


“The 2016 Franklin County Agricultural Fair is shaping up to be a real treat for the community.  It promises to be a little different than your typical county fair.  The music is no exception,” observed David Rotenizer, tourism development manager with the Franklin County Division of Tourism & Film and chairman for this year’s event. Alex Young added, “I think it is great that we are allowing local citizens an opportunity to perform on stage.”


Don't forget your lawn chair!






Mason Creek

Wednesday, September 14

6:00 - 9:00 pm

Mason Creek features four artists of traditional, acoustic, bluegrass music style. Based out of the Roanoke Valley area, Mason Creek cites their many obvious local and legendary musical influences. The band is able to journey into a realm of their own, while still maintaining the spirit of sounds created within the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.






Bishop M.L. Hardy & The Son's of Thunder

Thursday, September 15

6:00 - 9:00 pm

Bishop M.L. Hardy & The Son's of Thunder - Roanoke's newest most exciting Gospel group will uplift you with their rich, melodic voices. With many years of experience within the group, they have performed with many of Gospels greats.






Town Mountain

Friday, September 16

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Town Mountain - the exciting new sound from Asheville, NC. Born out of the all night jam sessions and fertile picking scene of Western North Carolina, Town Mountain has emerged as one of the premiere young American bluegrass bands. Great original songwriting, tight vocal harmonies, a charismatic stage presence, and instrumental expertise place this group in the upper tier of contemporary acoustic bands.






The Hackensaw Boys

Friday, September 16

8:00 - 10:00 pm 

With feet firmly planted in the old-time song tradition, hands soiled by the dirt of rock n’ roll and eyes fixed steadily on the future of real country music, the Hackensaw Boys are among the most exciting groups charting new territory in today’s diverse Americana music scene.





True CadenceTrue Cadence
Saturday, September 17
3:00 - 5:00 pm  

Formed in January of 2011, True Cadence is fast becoming one of Southwest Virginia’s Favorite Variety Bands performing everyone’s favorite Country, Classic Rock, Pop, & Southern Rock songs.  No matter how large or small the venue, True Cadence can deliver the right performance for the right venue.  Popular Venues and Events previously performed include: The Blue Ridge Bikefest, Roanoke’s Woofstock Festival, Roanoke’s WingFest, The Salem Fair, The Buchanan Carnival, Covington’s River Rock Amphitheater, Roanoke’s Elmwood Park, Franklin County Agricultural Fair, Covington's Cork & Pork Festival, and Dr. Pepper Park at The Bridges.  Many popular Southwest Virginia Pubs, Bars, and Nightclubs, including Awful Arthur's Seafood in Salem, VA, Mango's Bar & Grill in Moneta, VA, Schooner's in Roanoke, VA, Billy’s Barn in Salem, VA, Wagon Wheel Pub & Grill in Christiansburg, VA, The Q in Roanoke, VA, Big Lick Tropical Grill in Lynchburg, VA, Cliffhanger’s Lounge in Covington, VA, and Hard Times Café in Buchanan, VA, have also enjoyed the music of True Cadence.





Corey Hunley and the Millionaires
Saturday, September 17
5:30 - 7:30 pm

An emerging artist from the Appalachians, Corey Law Hunley is a singer-songwriter focused on the acoustic, blues, and folk genres. When writing songs, Corey draws inspiration from family legacy, good friends, and life's obstacles. His music captures the spirit of lost innocence, as can be heard in his albums.


The Millionaires came together in 2012 when front mant Corey Hunley wanted to add a band behind his solo career. The band's style is best described as "southern americana with catchy hooks and clever lyrics about real life." 






LIVE at the Fillmore

Saturday, September 17

8:00 - 10:00 pm 

LIVE at the Fillmore is the definitive concert tribute to the original Allman Brothers Band featuring Duane Allman, Dickey Betts and Berry Oakley. Musically and sonically, LATF creates the experience of hearing one of the greatest live bands of all time as they sounded in 1969-1971. Particularly featured are their monumental shows at Bill Graham's Fillmore East Auditorium in New York City in March and June of 1971.







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Franklin County Recreation Park • 2150 Sontag Road • Rocky Mount, VA  24151

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