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Fair Board, Tourism Commission Presents Inaugural Butts & Boogie Festival

Daniel Prince

Lonestar is the headlining act Saturday night

The inaugural Butts & Boogie Festival opens its gates on Tuesday. It is being presented as a joint venture between the Union County Fair Association and the Union County Tourism Commission. The festival’s main draw is Saturday night’s Lonestar concert at Union County Stadium. Three of the five original founding members of the group are still with them—lead guitarist Michael Britt, keyboardist Dean Sams, and drummer Keech Rainwater. Lead singer Richie McDonald left the group for the second time last year and was replaced by Tim Womack, formerly of Sons of the Desert. The group has had nine #1 songs on country radio, and its signature hit, “Amazed,” also topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Opening for the group Saturday night is rising country artist Jess Kellie Adams. She will take the stage Saturday at 6 p.m., with Lonestar following at 7:30. Gates will open at the stadium at 4:30 p.m. Adams will headline a show Friday night at the fairgrounds, as well. General admission tickets to Lonestar are $30 and will remain on sale all this week at, as well as WBCU, Buffalo Pawn Shop, Clemson Extension, Dairio, Embroidery by Karen, and Fat Sam’s. They can also be bought at the gate on Saturday. In addition, all those places have ride tickets available—a sheet of 20 tickets for $10. Pay-one-price ride bands are only available for Wednesday and Thursday, and those can be purchased at the fairgrounds.

WBCU News asked Fair Association Executive Director Paul Winters what three things other than Lonestar is he most excited about with this festival:

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In addition to everything else going on, there is other great entertainment. Wednesday night is Community Christian Music Night, with local singers on stage at the fairgrounds, including Shon Morris, Patti Turner, Tracy Wade, and the Riverside Boys. On Thursday, which is school night, the featured group will be the Radford Band. The Junior Charity League will hold their Spring Market as part of the festival, as well. They will be open Friday night and Saturday.

Paul Winters will be on the morning show Tuesday at 9 a.m. to give the full details of the festival and everything going on.

Paul Winters on highlights of the festival
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