Kip Moore headlines strong group of music acts for 4-H & FFA Fair

The animals, crafts and numerous other projects that 4-H'ers feature at the Fair are not the only thing that attracts the community. Various entertainment throughout the week is sure to bring a crowd.

The headliner will be Nashville recording artist Kip Moore. He will take the stage Saturday, Aug. 4 at 8 p.m. The concert will be held rain or shine, and seating is lawn seating. You may bring your own chair, but alcohol and coolers are not permitted. Though some tickets were done as presale, tickets will be available at the gate for $10 each and children 7 and younger will be admitted for free.

Here is a brief rundown of the musical entertainment during the week of the Fair:

Old Line Statesmen Barbershop Chorus

Performs: Sunday, July 29, 7 p.m.

Members: 35 members representing men of various ages

Genre: Mostly music from the 40s, 50s, and 60s, in four part harmony (tenor, lead, baritone, and bass) without accompaniment.

Number of years together: Founded in 1982, the Chorus just celebrated their 30th anniversary.

Fun Facts:

  1. They are the 2012 Plateau AA Champion Chorus of the Western Division, Mid-Atlantic District.
  2. In a recent show, they dressed as hobos and sang, for example, "King of the Road".
  3. They perform at local establishments such as Carroll Lutheran Village, Brightview Westminster Ridge, Lorien Taneytown Health Care Center, and Ridgely House in Hampstead.

Years played at the fair:

This is the group's first year at the fair.

For more on the chorus:

Billy Harrison and the Haywire Band

Performs: Sunday, July 29, 3 and 8 p.m.

Members: Terry DiPaula, vocal/guitar; Tom Murphy, vocal/mandolin; Bill Fudge, Dobro; Maribeth Peerson, standup bass/vocals; Bernie Poindexter, banjo; and Billy Harrison, guitar/vocals.

Genre: Bluegrass, Americana, and traditional Country.

Number of years together: About 3.

Fun Facts:

  1. All have full time jobs in addition to playing in the band.
  2. Perform regularly at Cactus Flats in Frederick County.
  3. Donate their time and play annually at the Harrison Mule Days (in Woodbine) which is a fundraiser for a scholarship fund held in memory of the Jered Harrison Memorial Scholarship.

Years played at the fair:

Third year at the fair.

For more on the band: Billy Harrison and Haywire can be found on Facebook.

Bob Plunkert & Real Country

Performs: Monday, July 30, 7:30 and 9 p.m.

Members: Bob Plunkert, lead vocals, bass, guitar and banjo; Curry Coster, pedal steel guitar; Mike Jones, drums and vocals; and Jerry Holmes, fiddle and vocals.

Genre: Traditional country music (i.e., George Strait, Ray Price, Ronnie Milsap, etc.).

Number of years together: 18th year of performing.

Fun Facts:

  1. Success from their CD "Something Called Happiness" led to appearances on the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree in Nashville, Tenn., and Fort Worth, Texas, as well as Pearl's Dance Hall in the Fort Worth Stock Yards.
  2. Performed on several package shows with Grand Ole Opry artists, from New England states to the mid-Atlantic region. The band performs the opening portion and then backs up the featured artists from the Opry.
  3. Their more "local" appearances are regularly scheduled throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

Years played at the fair:

This will be their second appearance at the fair.

For more on the band:


Half Serious

Performs: Tuesday, July 31, 7 p.m.

Members: Chris Myers, drums and vocals; Paul McGill, vocals and guitar; Don Ebaugh, vocals and guitar; Tony Bitzel, vocals and bass; and Steve Reed, lead guitar and vocals.

Genre: Cover classic to current rock hits.

Number of years together: A little more than four.

Fun Facts:

  1. Three of the bands members are former members of the band Serious Jokers (Chris Myers, Don Ebaugh, and Steve Reed).
  2. The band has played at various venues including Seacrets in Ocean City, Ram's Head Live in Baltimore, Cancun Cantina in Hagerstown, and at a Hagerstown Suns game.

Years played at fair:

This is the band's inaugural performance at the fair.

For more on the band:

Salem Bottom Boys

Performs: Thursday, Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m.

Members: Jamie Leppo, guitar/vocals; Ronnie Wagner, bass/vocals; Noah Schaeffer, guitar/vocals; Danny Lyons, dobro/vocals; Clayton Martin, mandolin; Max Allison, banjo.

Genre: Bluegrass.

Number of years together: 30.

Fun Facts:

  1. Played the Westminster Gospel Show at the Westminster High School approx. two years ago.
  2. The band enjoys entertaining in Carroll County: bars, clubs, festivals, carnivals and churches.

Years played at the fair:

About 10 years.

For more on the band:

Richie Fields

Performs: Friday, Aug. 3, 7 p.m.

Members: Richie Fields, vocals; Myles Evans, drums; Rob Porter, bass guitar; Ronnie Rhoads, lead guitar; Chris Novack, keyboard.

Genre: Modern Country.

Number of years together: Richie has been performing since August 2006.

Fun Facts:

  1. Was the 2011 opening act for WPOC's "Sunday in the Country" at Merriweather Post Pavilion (sold out crowd of 19,000 people).
  2. Is promoting "Smile," an original song to be released to country radio in September and they will be shooting a music video in Nashville in August.
  3. Took a bus load of 50 fans to CMA Fest in Nashville, Tenn. in June.

Years played at the Fair:

First year.

For more on the band:

Jay Henley & The Stone Broke Band

Performs: Saturday, Aug. 4, 7 p.m. (opening act for Kip Moore).

Members: Jay Henley, vocals; Karen Wilkins, guitar/vocals; Scott Miller, drums/vocals; Billy Wagner, lead guitar; Duffy Morehead, keyboards; and Mark Jackson, bass.

Genre: Country.

Number of years together: 10.

Fun Facts:

  1. The band has played at some of the largest venues in the mid-Atlantic region.
  2. Have opened shows for major label acts including Lady Antebellum, Lonestar, and Brantley Gilbert.
  3. Have two CDs, "Perfectly Normal" and "This'll Be A Memory."

Years played at the Fair:

Numerous times over the past 10 years.

For more on Henley and the band:

Kip Moore

Performs: Saturday, Aug. 4, 8 p.m.

Genre: Country

More about Moore:

  1. Native of Georgia.
  2. Drove to Nashville Jan. 1, 2004 with just his truck, a bag and his guitar.
  3. Performed on the 2012 CMT Music Awards in June.
  4. Had part in writing all 11 songs on his album "Up All Night."
  5. His single, "Somethin' 'Bout a truck" was recently certified platinum for sales of $1 million.

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