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Tickets sell out to Medina County Fair headliner Kane Brown

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    The concert for Kane Brown, the featured performer at this year’s Medina County Fair, is sold out.

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The concert for Kane Brown, the featured performer at this year’s Medina County Fair, is sold out.

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MEDINA — Tickets to the Kane Brown concert in August at the Medina County Fair are sold out.

“This is the first time it’s sold out in a number of years,” fair board president Mike Gall said.

“The excitement has been overwhelming. It was never anticipated in November when we picked him that he would be that popular that fast.”

Gall said 8,462 tickets were sold for rising country singer Brown’s concert, with special guest Smithfield.

Tickets were $30, with a $4 surcharge. That does not include the $6 admission to the fair the day of the concert at 8 p.m. Aug. 2.

“Everybody I talked to said he’s very talented. He has a very good voice.”

Gall said the fair board met Wednesday and parking for the expected overflow concert crowd was discussed.

He said the Medina County Career Center has agreed to allow concertgoers to park on its lot on West Liberty Street, which will provide an approximately

400 additional spaces. From there, concertgoers will be bused to the fairgrounds, Gall said.

He said the board will start a social media campaign encouraging people to arrive early.

“Parking is going to be at a premium,” Gall said. “Get there early.”

Cars also will be parked on the infield and on the track itself at the grandstand.

“We’ll free up every available spot and do the best we can to bring everybody in on time,” Gall said. “We’re planning for it. We’re making an extra effort to make sure our customers get in on time. Every window will be available for paid admission.

“There will be increased security with all the extra people. The security committee met to come up with a plan. We want to make it as smooth as possible. There is no excuse for us not to be prepared.”

There also will be extra port-a-potties.

To ensure no one will visit the beer garden who’s underage, Gall said they’ve ordered extra ID scanners that will check whether beer drinkers are of legal drinking age.

“You need to have wristband (to have a beer),” he said. “Everybody gets scanned regardless of age. …

“The most important thing is that everyone has a good time.”

Gall said it will be a challenge to make sure things go off without a hitch the night of the concert.

“It’s at the top of our agenda,” he said.

Other fair news:

  • There will be a new event at the fair — a 3-on-3 basketball tournament. The committee has established rules and designed a plan for registration;
  • A landscape competition is planned at this year’s fair. The winning landscaper will receive $500. Several landscapers have expressed an interest;
  • Flowers have been donated by Barco Sons Inc. of Medina, and committees have been encouraged to plant them around the fairgrounds. Mulch also has been ordered;
  • Plans are in the works to redo the Memorial Garden and there soon will be information on the fair’s website about donations;
  • A local resident has volunteered to let the fair board use their goats to graze at the campgrounds lot before the fair to clean up weeds and poison ivy;
  • The board approved a new sound system for the show arena and to replace the infield stage. A new infield building will be constructed;
  • There are plans to change the bakery auction format this year to free up more directors to help with concert seating. Instead of bidding on items after judging, bakery items will be sold;
  • The premium/entry books and pocket schedules are available in the fair office and the entry book is available at www.medina-fair.com. Entry deadline is July 20;
  • The fair board will help Medina put on a mini fair on Public Square to help celebrate the bicentennial July 21;
  • The fair board welcomes any fair alumni — former junior fair members who have graduated — who would like to help with the 2018 fair. Anyone who is interested can complete an application in the fair office, 720 W. Smith Road.
Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.


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