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William Michael Morgan selected as 4-H Fair Headliner

Country singer William Michael Morgan is the headliner for the 2017 Carroll County 4-H and FFA Fair.

The annual concert, this year set for Thursday night, Aug. 3, at the Carroll County Agriculture Center's Finch Stage, will feature a performance by Morgan as well as opening acts by past 4-H Fair performers Rich Fehle and Elly Cooke.

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Morgan is best known for his debut single "I Met a Girl" which reached No. 2 on the U.S. Country Airplay charts. His debut album, "Vinyl," was released Sept. 30, 2016, by Warner Bros. Nashville.

According to his biography, Morgan began playing country music at 13 and is inspired by musicians like Keith Whitley, George Jones and Mark Chesnutt. Morgan joins musicians Chris Lane, Michael Ray, Sam Hunt, Parmalee, Brantley Gilbert, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum and the Dixie Chicks as groups that have headlined the 4-H and FFA Fair at the start of their careers.

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Chris Lane, best known for his song "Fix," was the headlining performer for the 4-H fair, with his concert the fair's centerpiece.

According to fair organizer Crystal Dell, the fair books its artists through a talent agent who gives suggestions on up and coming artists. These suggestions are then filtered through a panel of younger 4-H members before the final one is chosen.

Cooke, who performed at the 4-H Fair for the first time last year after graduating from high school, said she's excited to take the stage again and is thrilled to be working with Morgan.

"I've been to a bunch of his shows and have actually gotten to know him really well, so this means a lot to me," Cooke said. "I love the fact that he plays traditional country music and sticks to it. That's so special."

Over the past year, Cooke said she's been working on her songwriting and performing throughout the area, as well as leading worship at Crosswind Church in Westminster. She said she's still working on her setlist for the performance.

This year, the FFA Fair, which officially runs July 29 through Aug. 4, will feature a few new pieces of entertainment for those who come out, including a strongman competition taking place on July 29 and an antique car show. Additionally, the fair organizers are hosting a children's demolition derby with Power Wheels vehicles. During the derby, children's Power Wheels will have balloons attached to them, while other drivers attempt to pop them by squeezing them between the vehicles.

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If You Go

What: William Michael Morgan concert

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3

Where: Shipley Arena, Carroll County Agriculture Center, 706 Agriculture Center Drive, Westminster

Cost: $17 in advance. $20 at the gate. Children 7 and younger are free.

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For more information: Visit www.carrollcountyfair.com.



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