Messina to step in for ailing Anderson at fair

By Beth Sergent -



POINT PLEASANT — The Mason County Fair’s headliner for Saturday night, country star John Anderson, has had to cancel his appearance due to health issues but the fair has booked Jo Dee Messina in his place.

“County artist John Anderson has canceled his scheduled appearance, Saturday, Aug. 12 at the Mason County Fair after being hospitalized in Nashville,” according to Fair Entertainment Chairman Brian Billings. “Due to unforeseen, serious medical issues, John Anderson will not be appearing at the fair. John is deeply saddened to not be able to perform for his friends here in Mason County and hopefully will begin healing soon. We at the Mason County Fair, send our thoughts and prayers to him for a speedy recovery.”

After fair officials were notified on Friday that Anderson could not perform, the process to find a replacement began in earnest with the fair’s booking agency, Gallion Productions, according to Billings.

“I appreciate the fast action of Melody Gallion, our booking agent, in obtaining such a great performer in such a short time,” Billings said. “Country artists who tour the USA and abroad are booked months in advance and schedules just don’t permit them to add extra days to their touring schedule. We were lucky enough that Jo Dee Messina had a break in her touring schedule and was kind enough to come sing for us.”

Messina is no stranger to the Mason County Fair, having performed there in 2013.

“As many will remember, Jo Dee was with us in 2013 and brought in one of our biggest, Saturday entertainment crowds to date,” Billings added.

Messina’s breakout song, “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” made her a household name. Following the success of her debut, she posted nine number one hits, 16 Top 40 songs, sold over five million albums worldwide, and was honored by the ACM Awards, CMA Awards, and GRAMMY Awards. She has proved to be a trendsetter and history-maker, becoming the first female in country music history to celebrate three consecutive multi-week, chart-topping songs.

Some of her other hits include: “I’m Alright,” “Bye, Bye” as well as “Bring on the Rain,” “Burn,” “Lesson in Leavin’” and “My Give a Damn’s Busted.”

Messina will perform at 9 p.m. this Saturday on the fair’s main stage.


By Beth Sergent

Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing

Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing