4-H Fair Day 5: Martina McBride brings country superstar act to concert stage

The Elkhart County 4-H Fair concert has done it again, bringing yet another country music superstar to its grandstand stage.

On Tuesday night, award-winning artist Martina McBride brings her renowned sound and will be joined by Amanda Watkins. McBride, a 14-time Grammy Award nominee, has been nominated more than 50 times for other music association honors since signed to RCA Records in 1991.

McBride is a 14-time award winner, including Country Music Association and Billboard honors. Last month, McBride was inducted into the Country Radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame. She’s currently on a 18-stop run throughout the Midwest, Southeast and East Coast. In March, she completed her “Love Unleashed” Tour, a tour which began in August of 2016 and was carried over into early 2017.

Four times McBride has been named Female Vocalist of the Year by CMA and she’s grabbed three Top Female Vocalist awards by the Academy of Country Music.

“We have created an environment at the shows where fans can come together to share positive energy and a common love of music, and leave the concert feeling uplifted and stronger,” McBride said in November 2016. “We all know the power of music and positivity and I truly believe that what the fans experience on this tour will have a huge ripple effect in their lives, their communities, and the world at large.”

She’ll bring singles from current “Reckless” album, which was released in April of 2016.

Joining McBride, will be Watkins, who over the last two years has opened for major artists like Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley.

The show is set to begin at 8 p.m.

Fair parking and grandstand seating are free. General admission is $8 while children age 9-and-under are admitted free of charge.


Tuesday, July 24 is Senior Citizens Day at the 4-H Fair. All seniors age 62-and-over will be admitted to the fairgrounds free of charge until 3 p.m. A senior citizens talent show is slated for 11 a.m. at the Heritage Park Stage and there are senior cookie baking contest at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the Home & Family Arts Building.

Commercial Building Exhibits again open at 10 a.m. with midway rides set to rev up the motors at 3 p.m. Another harness racing program takes the starting line at 11 a.m. and there’s a youth talent competition at 6 p.m. at the Heritage Park Stage.

WEATHER: Another brilliant, refreshing day with a mix of sun and a few clouds, expected high of 80.

What you should know about Day 5:

  • Team T&J, Active Kids Entertainment, 4 p.m., Heritage Park Stage — T&J (Tonya & Jory) bring a fresh dose of active and uplifting family-style entertainment for all ages which feeds off an environment where kids can explore and express their imaginations through the excitement and freedom of live music interaction.
  • K9 Crew Trick Dog Show, 2 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m. — A comedic collection of dog skits and stunts at the Family Entertainment Center
  • Pirates of the Colombian Caribbean, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 8 p.m. — High-wire pirate themed performances at the Jayco Family Fun Center
  • Timberworks Lumberjack Show, 3 p.m, 6 p.m., 8 p.m. — The power and skill of some of the nation’s top lumberjacks at the Hollyhock Entertainment Center.

Fairgrounds Information:

  • Handicap parking is available at Gate 2 and Gate 7, with permit displayed
  • Bicycle and motorcycle parking located near Gate 2. Bikes are not permitted within the inner grounds of the Fair.
  • Parking trams are available on the fairgrounds and are free of charge. Trams operate daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m in the east parking area.
  • Wheelchair rental is available at the 4-H Fair office.
  • Designated smoking areas are available.

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