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Country music recording artist Wade Hayes will perform Wednesday night as part of the Jefferson County Fair. Courtesy picture

LEETOWN — Country music fans can expect to see recording artist Wade Hayes on stage at the Jefferson County Fair on Wednesday, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Hayes’ first single, “Old Enough to Know Better” went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1994. From the album of the same name, the song was joined by three additional singles from that album in the top ten. Hayes continued to release albums into the 1990s and later founded the McHayes Duo with Alan Jackson violinist Mark McClung.

Hayes then joined the backing band of Alabama lead singer Randy Owen in the late 2000s. In 2011, he was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer.

Over the past few years, the singer-songwriter has traveled a complicated journey that has produced some of the most powerful songs of his career. Surviving stage IV colon cancer, not just once, but twice, gave her a unique perspective on the fragility of life and the strength of the human spirit. He has incorporated this perspective into his musical work and will bring it to the fair stage.

“We are thrilled to welcome the talent of Wade Hayes to the 69th Annual Jefferson County Fair,” shared Todd Wilt, fair manager. “We encourage everyone to get out there and enjoy what is sure to be a great evening.”

Beginning the week on Saturday, the Little Miss Jefferson County Fair begins at 1:30 p.m., followed that evening by the Miss Jefferson County Fair Pageant at 6:30 p.m. the Young Miss Jefferson County Fair – a newly added age group for pageant competitions. Pageants are scheduled to end at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, when the county winner of Miss Jefferson Junior will be crowned.

In keeping with tradition, Jefferson County middle and high school orchestras will perform throughout the first part of fair week. On Monday, the Shepherdstown Middle School will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the band from Wildwood Middle School at 6:45 p.m. and the Jefferson High Jazz Band performance at 7:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, things will start with the band from Harpers Ferry Middle School at 6 p.m., followed by Charles Town Middle at 6:45 p.m. and conclude with the performance of the band from Washington High School at 7:30 p.m.

In addition to Hayes’ performance, the fairground stage will see a musical performance by the Revolution Band on Thursday evening starting at 7:30 p.m. The group offers a diverse variety of music ranging from hits from the 70s to today. The group is a welcome rehearsal performer for the Jefferson County Fair.

Each of the week’s musical performances are included in the general admission price of the show ticket.

All sorts of other entertainment options are available throughout the week for those looking for a change of pace from the musical acts. The burn-out contest takes place again on Sunday evening at 7 p.m. in the arena area. Bull riding is scheduled for Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the arena, while the ever-popular demolition derby returns to the arena on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

Tractor and truck raffles are held at various times throughout the week, and the living history performance of Mark Dudrow and his horse, Eve, returns August 27 at 10 a.m.

Nightly carnival rides are on offer throughout the week, with all-night specials on Mondays and Wednesdays, plus prizes for kids in the afternoon on the last Saturday of the fair.

For a full schedule of events, visit the Jefferson County Fair Facebook page.


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