97th Annual Mississippi Valley Fair is Right Around the Corner

This year’s Mississippi Valley Fair will take place from August 2 through 7 and will feature a variety of carnival rides, attractions, and food vendors, in addition to agriculture, home arts, and leisure time exhibits. Each evening will showcase a grandstand music act from some of the biggest names in the music industry.

A FunCard costs $55 and serves as your entry into the fairgrounds and grandstand acts for all six days of the Mississippi Valley Fair. The card will be punched at the admissions gate and at the entrance to the grandstand shows. No individual tickets will be sold for the grandstand shows so, whether you wish to see one show or all six shows, you must purchase a FunCard. FunCards can be purchased online at mvfair.com and by mail order.

However, if you do not wish to attend any of the grandstand shows, you can pay $10 gate admission for adults and $5 for children ages 4-12. Gate admission to the fair can be purchased upon your arrival. This year’s fair will also feature a Carnival Special; on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday from 11am to 5pm; fair-goers can enjoy unlimited rides with the purchase of a $20 wristband. Additionally, Tuesday is Special Needs Day, in which those with special needs will be given free admission until 2pm, Wednesday is Kids Day, offering free admission until 5pm to kids 12 and under, and Thursday is Senior Day, in which senior citizens pay $5 admission until 5pm.

While the carnival rides, exhibits, and fair food are certainly enjoyable during the day, the music acts in the evenings are an equally exciting part of the Mississippi Valley Fair experience. This year’s fair will feature performances from Chris Janson, Gary Allen, 3 Doors Down, Rascal Flatts, Alabama, and Montgomery Gentry. Listen to some of their music featured below and get excited for the fair. With the fair a week away, do not forget to purchase a FunCard!


Tuesday- Chris Janson

Chris Janson is an American country music singer and songwriter. He has written music for Justin Moore and Tim McGraw among others. His debut album Buy Me a Boat peaked at No. 4 on the US Country charts and the album’s title track was a top 5 hit on the Hot Country Songs charts.


Wednesday- Gary Allan

Gary Allan is an American country music singer who has been releasing music regularly since his 1996 debut. Overall, Allan’s nine studio and Greatest Hits albums have produced 26 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including four Number One singles: “Man to Man,” “Tough Little Boys,” “Nothing On but the Radio,” and “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain).”


Thursday- 3 Doors Down

3 Doors Down is an American rock band from Mississippi that formed in 1996. The band rose to international fame following the release of their first single, “Kryptonite,” which charted in the top three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The band’s sixth studio album, Us and the Night was released in March of 2016 and debuted at No. 14 on the Billboard 200 album chart and No. 2 on Top Rock Albums. Since the beginning of their career, 3 Doors Down has sold over 20 million albums worldwide.


Friday- Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts is an American country trio formed in Columbus, Ohio in 1999. The trio is composed of Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, and Joe Don Rooney. From 2000 to 2010, they recorded for Lyric Street Records and released seven albums, all of which have been certified platinum or higher. Since moving to Big Machine Records in 2010, they have released three more albums. Their studio albums have accounted for more than 25 singles, of which 13 have reached No. 1 on Billboard Hot Country Songs.


Saturday- Alabama

Alabama is an American country, Southern rock, and bluegrass band formed in Alabama in 1969. Alabama’s biggest success came in the 1980s, where the band had over 27 number one hits, seven multi-platinum albums and received numerous awards. Alabama’s first single on RCA Records, “Tennessee River,” began a streak of number one singles, including “Love in the First Degree,” “Mountain Music,” “Dixieland Delight,” “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band),” and “Song of the South.” Alabama disbanded in 2006 following a farewell tour, but reunited in 2011 and have continued to record and tour worldwide. The band has had over 30 number one country records on the Billboard charts and has sold over 75 million records, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time.


Sunday- Montgomery Gentry

Montgomery Gentry is an American country music duo composed of vocalists Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry. Known for their Southern rock influences, the duo’s albums have produced more than twenty chart singles for the duo on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the No. 1 hits “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” “Something to Be Proud Of,” “Lucky Man,” “Back When I Knew It All,” and “Roll With Me.”

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