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Confederate Railroad headlines fair tonight

Confederate Railroad headlines fair tonight

Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2008 11:25 pm
By: Donna Ryder Messenger Associate Editor

By DONNA RYDER Messenger Associate Editor There’s sure to be a crowd tonight at the Obion County Fair when the popular country music band Confederate Railroad performs at 8:30. The high-energy group, which received the Academy of Country Music’s Best New Group award in 1993, is known for its songs “Queen Of Memphis,” “Trashy Women,” “Jesus And Mama” and “Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind.” Playing with them will be their new guitar player, Rusty Hendrix, who was added to the group last month. The son of the Rev. Oel and Jimmie Hendrix, he grew up in Louisiana, Georgia and Alabama. They were in the missionary field, as well as pastoring churches. Hendrix first met founder/frontman Danny Shirley while playing local bands in the southeast. He met up with him again in 1989 in Marietta, Ga., and played for him in the Danny Shirley Band. Hendrix has also performed with country music singer Greg Holland, Bill Cole & The Click, George Strait and Mark Willis. In addition to the concert, which is included with the gate admission, fairgoers can attend the Simmental, Charolais, commercial heifers and open beef shows in the livestock barn at 6. Mason Hall quilters will be demonstrating their craft throughout the evening in the Domestic Arts Building. Angus, Red Angus and Here-ford shows will be in the livestock barn on Friday at 6 p.m. The demolition derby will start at 7. Rock the Jukebox musical will be held in the Whitney Cozart Pavilion at 7 and 9. Monument will entertain at the grandstand at 8:30, followed by the local group Ten 56 at 10:30. Nadine Killion will give pointers on creating a Penny Wool craft in the Domestic Arts Building throughout the night. The annual give-away will be held at 10 at the grandstand each night. The top prize money tonight will be $2,500 should the holder of the first ticket drawn be present. No one has won the top money yet this week. If the holder of the first ticket drawn is not present, the prize is $500. Tickets will be drawn until someone present has a winning ticket. The winner of the $500 prize Wednesday night was Jack Krietman of Union City. Priscilla Atkins of Union City won the Pick Tennessee basket. General fair admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12 and free for those ages 5 and younger. A season pass is $20 and is good for all six days. For more information, check out the fair’s Web site www.obioncountyfair.net. Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at dryder@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 8.14.08

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