Foghat, Dustin Lynch headline State Fair concerts

DOSWELL – The State Fair of Virginia has announced its lineup of musical performers for this year’s State Fair, which will be held Sept. 28-Oct. 7 at Meadow Event Park.

The lineup contains a mixture of rock and country artists. Performances are included in regular fair admission.

The British rock band Foghat will kick off the concerts when the fair opens Sept. 28. Known for its 1975 hit “Slow Ride” as well as other singles, the group plays blues rock and boogie rock. Foghat has collected eight gold records in its career and platinum and double platinum records.

The Avalons, known for their harmonies in rock and old oldies, will appear make two appearances Sept. 29. The group performs songs from the 1950s-70s.

Country music artist Dustin Lynch will take the stage Sept. 30. The singer and songwriter released his debut single, “Cowboys and Angels,” early this year and it made the top country charts. His debut self-titled album was released last month and hit No. 1 on country charts.

Diamond Rio, which won a Grammy Award for best southern, country, or bluegrass gospel album in 2011, will perform Oct. 5, and country music duo Love and Theft will follow Oct. 6.

The final day of the fair, Oct. 7, will feature two performances. Casey Abrams, one of the top finishers in the 10th season of “American Idol,” will take the stage in the afternoon followed by country rock band Kentucky Headhunters that evening.

In other developments, State Fair officials have extended the deadline for entries in competitions for arts, crafts, and crops. The entry deadline is now Sept. 14.

This year’s competitions will include fresh produce, pumpkins, honey, preserves, baked goods, sewing, needlework and photography. There also will be some new categories, like the State Fair Special Cookie Competition, which will allow children to enter with their parents, grandparents and guardians.

Some competitions will not be held in conjunction with this year’s State Fair because it is under new ownership and management and officials had less time to plan.

“Because we have had a shorter planning period for this year’s fair, some of the traditional competitions will not be available, but we do hope to re-establish those next year,” said Wayne Pryor, president of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, a partner in the State Fair.

More information the State Fair, including the concert schedule, tickets, attractions, and other activities, is available on the State Fair website,, as well as via Facebook and Twitter.

Posted on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 10:39 am