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Monroe County Fair lines up its free entertainment acts

March 20,2017 00:21

Toppermost, a Beatles' tribute band, and Matt King, an Elvis impersonator, will be among the free concerts offered at the Monroe County Fair this year. The two groups and others will perform in the evening under a white tent located just south of the ...and more »

Mar 19, 2017 at 1:00 PM

The 2017 Monroe County Fair will be held July 30-Aug. 5.

Dean Cousino Monroe News staff reporter CousinoDean

Toppermost, a Beatles’ tribute band, and Matt King, an Elvis impersonator, will be among the free concerts offered at the Monroe County Fair this year.
The two groups and others will perform in the evening under a white tent located just south of the Monroe Bank & Trust Expo Center. Show times for all of the shows are 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., said Darryl Diamond, fair manager.
The performing times are later than they have been in the past, Mr. Diamond said.
“We moved them (later) since the Expo Center is open until 10 and we wanted to keep that part of the grounds active” into the evening, he said Thursday.
Following is a daily schedule of groups performing:
Sunday, July 30 — Toppermost, a band based in Dexter, will play for the first night of the fair.
July 31 — Claudia Paddy of South Rockwood will sing with her
band. Ms. Paddy has sung at the fair in the past.
Aug. 1 — Mr. King, whose show is based in Mason, will entertain.
Aug. 2 — Larry Rothman and Pickin Roots, a band from Tecumseh that plays classic country, will sing.
Aug. 3 — Motor City Beat, a rhythm and blues band from Ann Arbor.
Aug. 4 — Last Born Sons. The band plays classic rock and was voted Toledo’s No. 1 band recently.
Aug. 5 — Mama Tryd from Dansville plays country and classic rock.
The bear educational show and an interactive theater will replace the racing pigs and hypnotist show at the 2017 Monroe County Fair.
The fair recently signed contracts with The Great Bear Show and My Adventure Theatre to hold three free shows daily at the July 30- Aug. 5 fair. The bear show will be held on Dundee St. near the Glenn F. Stock Arena where the pigs raced the past three years, while the theatre will be held at the bandshell where the hypnotist act took place.
Darryl Diamond, fair manager, said he found the bear show online. Established in 1977, the show calls itself the “oldest and longest- running wild animal educational show in the country.”
The bears are kept in a privately owned facility on a 200-acre ranch out West. Most of the animals are obtained as orphaned cubs because they will not survive on their own.
Owners of the show said they travel to “Fairs, Sport Shows, Television, Movies or any other type of event for the public to learn about and enjoy these amazing animals,” according to its Web site (www.thegreatbearshow.com), At the site, readers can find information about bears and how they are handled, trained and cared for with diet and veterinary help. There are also photos and information about the history of the animals.
The bears will be on display during fair hours. The exhibit includes a portable pen, swimming pool, backdrop and information plaques on the bears. The entire display and show area is surrounded by a perimeter fence. Fair visitors will enjoy watching the bears “just being bears,” according to the Web site.
When the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and related agencies find the cubs or the U. S. Department of Agriculture finds unlicensed owners, “we are sometimes contacted by these agencies to find a home for them,” the Web site states. “ We take them in, train them to be able to be handled safely and try to find them good homes of licensed facilities that have the room. We also take them on the road to events to educate the public about bears in the wild and in captivity.”
The theater shows will include three shows every day but Sunday and Tuesday, Mr. Diamond said. The shows are interactive and will allow children, teens and adults to perform live theater on stage, he said. Shelly Smith of Mason is director of the shows.
“She draws people in and gets kids involved … They have a chance to come on stage” and perform, Mr. Diamond said. “ They have different themes throughout the week. It’s not the same theme every day.”
Ms. Smith attended the state fairs convention in January and the theater is something similar to what the Ingham County Fair had a few years ago, Mr. Diamond said.
In addition to these shows, the fair also will have Neil Sauter, a Blissfield native who is known for as the Michigan Stilt Walker, return for another year to roam the fairgrounds and perform every day. Mr. Sauter also will do magic tricks and twisting balloons for children and parents
More information about the theater show is available at www.myadventuretheatre.com.

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