Three more entertainers have been announced for this year’s Washington Town & Country Fair, bringing the total number of concerts to a staggering nine shows in five days!
The “Life’s Whatcha Make It” tour, featuring Jake Owen with Chris Janson and Jordan Davis, comes to the Pepsi Main Stage on Saturday, August 4. The full week’s line-up also includes Josh Wilson on Wednesday, August 1, Walker Hayes on Thursday, August 2, a Red Dirt Triple Feature on Friday, August 3 with Chris Knight, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, and The Turnpike Troubadours. Sawyer Brown closes out the week on Sunday, August 5. 2018 Fair Chairman Brian Gildehaus said, “I’m really pleased with what we were able to accomplish this year. There will be no shortage of action, with nine entertainers in five days!”
Fair officials were also quick to point out that while everyone is very excited for the 2018 line-up, the absence of rock and roll is not the start of a new trend at the fair. Fair Manager Jennifer Giesike commented, “We love having rock and roll at the fair, and we looked into a number of acts during the booking process, the pieces just didn’t come together for that this year. While budget is a key part of the decision-making process, routing is also a huge issue. Sometimes entertainers already have shows booked in other parts of the country before or after our fair and it isn’t feasible for them to get to Washington. Other times, entertainers have already booked dates in St. Louis for the summer, and venues typically have restrictions on how soon another show can be booked within the area.” Tim Poepsel who handles the booking process and manages the backstage operations during the fair, agreed, “If we don’t feel that what is available is going to be a big draw here, or up to our standard, we aren’t going to pursue it.”
“I understand there will be some fairgoers who are disappointed that we weren’t able to get a rock band,” commented Gildehaus. “Sometimes it just isn’t possible. At the end of the day, we try to deliver the best line-up and value we can for the fairgoers, and I’m proud of what we have put together for 2018.”