Bryant takes fair stage Wednesday

By Michael Johnson -

Chase Bryant

Chase Bryant

GALLIPOLIS — Country music newcomer Chase Bryant will take the main stage tonight as the Gallia County Junior Fair continues throughout the week.

Bryant, whose performance will begin at 8:30 p.m. on the Holzer Main State, is a 23-year-old Texan who was influenced by his grandfather and uncle’s music.His grandfather, according to Bryant’s website, played piano in Roy Orbison’s first two bands and, later, for Waylon Jennings. His uncles co-founded the group Ricochet, which had several hits in the 1990s.

In 2015, his debut single “Take It on Back” was a Top 10 single on Country Airplay.

But before Bryant takes the main stage, there will be plenty of other fair activities to keep folks busy throughout the day. For example, the beef breeding show, rabbit judging and Extreme 4-H Cowboy Trail competition all begin at 9 a.m. at the Show Arena, Gray pavilion and Horse Arena, respectively.

The Healthnet Aeromedical Helicopter will be on display between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Pit Area, and sheep showmanship will take place at 3 p.m. in the Show Arena.

Market lambs will be in the Show Arena at 6, while the Horse Arena will again host the Extreme 4-H Cowboy Trail competition’s second edition, so to speak.

The Pulling Track will host field stock tractor and semi pulls.

Daily admission to the fair, which ends Aug. 6, is $10 and includes entertainment, shows and amusement rides.

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By Michael Johnson

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