Country singer Tyler Farr to perform at county fair

Published 9:37 am Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tyler Farr will play Aug. 6 at the Freeborn County Fair, filling a gap left by Scotty McCreery.

Tyler Farr will play Aug. 6 at the Freeborn County Fair, filling a gap left by Scotty McCreery.

The final hole in the Freeborn County Fair’s Grandstand entertainment lineup has been filled.

Country singer Tyler Farr will play at the Grandstand at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 6.

When the original lineup was released in December, the lineup was Cole Swindell on Aug. 4, Frankie Ballard on Aug. 5, John Michael Montgomery on Aug. 6, Scotty McCreery on Aug. 7 and Joe Nichols on Aug. 8.

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Swindell and McCreery dropped out of the fair lineup due to scheduling conflicts. Josh Turner replaced Swindell’s slot on the opening night of the fair.

Now McCreery’s slot has also been filled, with some rearranging.

The new lineup is Turner on Aug. 4, Ballard on Aug. 5, Farr on Aug. 6, Montgomery on Aug. 7 and Nichols on Aug. 8.

Mike Woitas of the Freeborn County Fair Board said everything is now squared away, all the contracts have been signed and the fair is ready to move forward.

In his 20 plus years of booking entertainment, Woitas said this was one of the most challenging years.

“It’s been a challenge this year trying to get the entertainers and their scheduling and routing to come to Albert Lea to all work out,” he said.

Last year there were a couple of issues, such as reworking the lineup due to Gretchen Wilson’s health, Woitas said. However, Woitas said in years to come he hopes there won’t be as many issues.

And the new lineup is a strong one, Woitas said. Turner is a well-known name, he said, and artists like Nichols and Montgomery might appeal to the older crowd. On the flip side, he said Farr and Ballard are popular and climbing the charts.

Farr, a 31-year-old Garden City, Missouri, native, released his first album in 2013.

The album, titled “Redneck Crazy,” was released on Columbia Nashville and had four singles. The title track reached platinum certification in the United States and gold in Canada, and “Whiskey in My Water” reached gold certification in the United States.

“Redneck Crazy” peaked at the No. 2 spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs. It is Farr’s highest-peaking single to date. The album also peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums and No. 5 on the Billboard 200.

Farr’s second album, “Suffer in Peace,” will be released on April 28. The first single from the album, “A Guy Walks Into a Bar,” peaked at No. 11 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs.

Farr has also co-written songs for other country artists, including fellow Freeborn County Fair entertainer Nichols.

Tickets for the Grandstand entertainment are available on