It's almost that time of year again -- county fair time!
The 2014 Saline County Fair will run July 15-20 at Crete’s Tuxedo Park. This year's fair will feature a double-shot concert on Friday night with Midwest country rockers SwitchBak opening for Grammy and Academy of Country Music artists Restless Heart.
The same five who came together in 1983 — John Dittrich, Greg Jennings, Paul Gregg, Dave Innis and Larry Stewart — still make up Restless Heart today. With over 25 singles on the charts, six consecutive No. 1 hits, four albums certified Gold by the RIAA, and a wide range of awards, including the ACM Top Vocal Group trophy and seven Country Music Association nominations chronicle a multi-decade career in music.
The band, which is best known for hits like “The Bluest Eyes in Texas,” “I’ll Still Be Loving You,” “That Rock Don’t Roll,” “Fast Movin’ Train” and “When She Cries,” is noting its 31st anniversary in 2014.
Lincoln-based SwitchBak, a band with the driving guitars of southern rock, the storytelling of country outlaws and country stars, and the raw edge of Texas red-dirt, mixes all those ingredients together to create a distinctly rugged, natural sound.
Tickets for the 7 p.m. concert are $15 in advance (available until July 15 online at www.salinecountyfair.org or at Crete True Value/Just Ask Rental, Pinnacle Bank-Crete, First State Bank in Dorchester, Friend Insurance Center, Saline County Extension Office in Wilber) and $20 at the gate.
The remaining fair entertainment lineup includes the Nebraska Bush Pullers tractor pull July 16, the ever-popular Figure 8 races the following night (July 17), and the area’s best county fair rodeo and dance on Saturday, July 19. The rodeo will be preceded by mutton bustin’ at 7. Once the bulls are finished bucking Saturday night, 5-Mile Bridge — a combination of Lincoln, Dorchester and Crete musicians, takes the stage for the rodeo dance, which lasts until 1 a.m.
See the full schedule for the county fair at http://www.salinecountyfair.org/schedule/.