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VAN WERT — A Saturday night concert returns to the fair with James Otto at 8 p.m. on Aug. 31.

Otto is a contemporary country music performer with two previous Grammy Award nominations. His rich voice with a country-soul flavor has become well known since he started with his first charted singles in 2002.

He has produced three albums with the second album’s lead-off single, “Just Got Started Lovin’ You” becoming a No. 1 hit. It earned a Grammy Award nomination for the Best Male Country Vocal Performance. Otto is also a successful songwriter having earned a Grammy nomination for co-writing Jamey Johnson’s single “In Color” and Zac Brown Band’s 2012 single “No Hurry.”

Opening for Otto is the well-known Ohio roup Exploit, the band with a great range of music. Exploit has performed in the Van Wert area and the band is looking forward to a good turnout when they open for Otto.

Ticket prices for the concert are $20 for track and box seats and $15 for grandstand seating. Ticket sales begin Monday at the fairgrounds office or call 419-238-9270 to order.

The 2013 Van Wert County Fair will be held Aug. 28 through Sept. 2. The fair office will open Monday for the upcoming season with hours of 9a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Single-day fair entry has been reduced to $5 due in part to the financial support from friends of the fair via donations to the annual Patron Program. Six-day tickets stay at $18 or $3 entry per day.

A new, improved Kids’ Day on Thursday will have reduced gate entry of only $3 for everyone. Children age 8 and under enter free every day.

Veterans and Senior Day is Friday with free gate entry for veterans and seniors.

The Van Wert County Fair auto demo derby continues to a big attraction and will be held Sunday at 7 p.m. A new event is a heavyweight horse pull to be held at noon on Sunday. The high school band show will be held on Monday at 7 p.m. It has been revamped with new support from sponsors, allowing for a tremendous show on the last day of the fair. Look for new and expanded free entertainment during the upcoming fair.

The Van Wert County Fairgrounds extends a gracious “See You at the Fair” and hopes the surrounding community will find this year’s fair a great place to renew old and start new family traditions while having a fun time at the 157th county fair.




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