Corbin is the headliner for the 2018 fair and will take the Main Grandstand stage in Powell on Wednesday, July 25.
Known for his traditional country sound and authentic lyrics, Corbin’s debut album in 2010 led to the back-to-back hits “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It.”
American Songwriter has lauded his “great country voice.”
“Easton Corbin has one of those rare, glorious voices that was made — just made — for singing country music,” the magazine wrote.
Park County Fair leaders decided to go with a new artist to attract younger generations, said Teecee Barrett, Park County events coordinator.
Since announcing Corbin as the headliner on the fair’s Facebook page, Barrett said the community’s response has been great.
Barrett said she was a little worried, since he’s a newer artist and doesn’t have as much name recognition among various age groups as Lonestar, the headliner for last year’s fair.
“... but so far, the feedback’s been really good about Easton,” she said. “We’re excited about him.”
With Corbin performing at other venues in the region this summer, “the routing just worked out perfectly,” Barrett said.
“We ended up with a really good deal to bring him in,” she said.
The Park County Fair Board approved a $30,000 contract for Corbin’s July performance; he normally charges $45,000-$50,000, Barrett told the board last year.
Charley Jenkins, a local favorite who has performed at the Park County Fair in the past, will open for Corbin.
Tickets will go on sale online and at the fair office on June 1, and cost $40 (floor), $35 (box seats) and $29 (grandstand seats).
In addition to Corbin’s July 25 performance, residents can expect lively entertainment every night of fair week.
As per local tradition, the fair will open with pig mud wrestling on Tuesday, July 24, and end with a smash with the demolition derby on Saturday, July 28. In the days in between, the Ranch Rodeo will return to the horse arenas on Thursday, July 26, and the Endurocross also is coming back on Friday, July 27.
Octane Addictions — an extreme motorsports company with freestyle shows featuring some of the world’s best riders — will be a highlight at this year’s Endurocross, Barrett said. One of the featured riders will be Nate Adams, who, with 19 medals, is the most decorated Moto X athlete in X Games history.
Another highlight of the 2018 fair: the world’s biggest grill. Johnsonville will be serving brats from its Big Taste Grill semi, Barrett said, with some of the proceeds going to the Park County FairGROUNDS Foundation.
The theme of this year’s fair is “Life in the 307, County 11.” In addition to new acts and entertainment, fair-goers can expect many of the old-time favorites, including 4-H and FFA exhibits, livestock shows, carnival rides and more.
For more information about this year’s fair, visit www.parkcountyfair.com.