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Lorain County Fair announces 2013 entertainment

The popular country duo Montgomery Gentry, comeback artist Randy Houser and the up-and-coming group The Lost Trailers will provide entertainment at this year’s Lorain County Fair.

Tickets for the shows — Aug. 19 for Montgomery Gentry and Aug. 20 for a combined show of The Lost Trailers and Randy Houser — will go on sale beginning at 9 a.m. May 16 at the fair box office with online sales starting at 9:30 a.m.

The shows both start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for Montgomery Gentry are $29 each, and $19 each for Randy Houser and The Lost Trailers.

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“Montgomery Gentry is amazingly liked by the young and the old,’’ said Tim Buchs, entertainment director for the Lorain County Fair. “They are on tour quite a bit, and we tried to get them last year, and it didn’t quite work out. We tried again, and it aligned right, so we did.’’

The performers always spotlight the grandstand events for the fair, which will run Aug. 19 to Aug. 25 this year. The grandstand will also play host to the Smokeout diesel truck pull, the NTPA tractor pull, the combine demo derby, the lawn mower races and the fair, as always, will conclude with two demolition derbies on Sunday night.

Montgomery Gentry — Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry — has 14 Top 10 singles, a new release called “Rebels on the Run,’’ a Grammy nomination, several Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards and was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2009.

Houser, meanwhile, had a promising start to his career in 2008, but he faded from the radar for a bit. But the January release of “How Country Feels’’ and the success of the single by the same name, has relaunched him.

As for The Lost Trailers, the band’s leaders — Stokes Nielson and Ryder Lee — started making music in high school, roomed together at Vanderbilt University and started recording demos on a short trip to Nashville in the late 1990s. Nielsen’s younger brother, Andrew, and Jeff Potter filled out the musical complement, according to materials released about the group.

And it is hard not to chuckle a bit when the origin of the band’s name is discussed. When a trailer full of instruments and equipment was stolen in their first year together, the Georgia band latched onto it as an inside joke. By 2004, their third instrument trailer had been stolen.

2013 Lorain County Fair entertainment schedule

  • Montgomery Gentry — $29 a ticket; 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19
  • Randy Houser with special guest The Lost Trailers — $19 a ticket; 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20
  • Smokeout diesel truck pull — $8 a ticket; 7 p.m. Aug. 21
  • NTPA tractor pull — $12 a ticket; 6 p.m. Aug. 23
  • Combine derby — $10 a ticket; 7 p.m. Aug. 24
  • Lawn mower races — $8 a ticket; 12:30 p.m. Aug. 25
  • Demo derby — first show —$8 a ticket; 5:30 p.m. Aug. 25
  • Demo derby — second show — $8 a ticket; 8 p.m. Aug. 25
  • Demo derby — both shows— $15 a ticket.

For online orders, there will be a $2.50 service charge. There is no service charge for tickets purchased at the Lorain County Fair box office. Sales begin at 9 a.m. May 16. Online sales begin at 9:30 a.m. that day. Box office buyers will be limited to 20 tickets, with no more than 10 from the center track section. Phone, mail and fax sales will begin at noon May 16. Payment must be included with the order. Go to loraincountyfair.com for information and ordering.

Contact Julie Wallace at 329-7157 or jwallace@chroniclet.com.