TOP ENTERTAINMENT PICKS AT THE DIXIE CLASSIC FAIR INCLUDE NOAH GUTHRIE
Winston-Salem, N.C. (August 7, 2018) — This year’s Dixie Classic Fair in Winston-Salem, NC, returns this fall with toe-tapping, heart-racing and fun-loving Grandstand Events and more for the whole family. All Grandstand events are free with paid Gate Admission to the Fair. All seats are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Grandstand entertainment at the Fair kicks off on Friday, September 28 with the Demolition Derby. This action-packed event is not-to-be-missed because cars smash ‘em and crash ‘em until only one car is left standing. If you miss it the first time, the Demolition Derby also takes place on Thursday, October 6.
Imagine racing in the shape of an 8. That’s what happens on Saturday, September 29 when Figure 8 Racing takes to the tracks. Drivers maneuver their cars around tight curves at a breakneck pace in an attempt to avoid crashes and cross the finish line first. Figure 8 Racing also will take place on Friday, October 5.
What fair would be complete without a little cattle roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing or bronc riding? The Rodeo hits the Grandstand on Sunday, September 30 and is sure to elicit cheering, “Oohs” and “Awws” from cowboys of any age. The Rodeo returns to help wrap up the Fair on Friday, October 7.
Right before he heads on a whirlwind European Tour, Noah Guthrie will take the stage on Monday, October 1. Guthrie’s journey into music began at age 12 when he wrote his first song. He rose to fame covering chart-topping hits on YouTube and received national attention with his blues-filled version of LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It,” which to date has received over 26-million views on YouTube (only1noah), racking up over 78 million total views. Guthrie released his first independent, original album, Among The Wildest Things, in 2013. His new album, The Valley, has established him as an artist on the rise in the world of Americana/Country music. His songwriting and soulful vocal delivery are truly unique. His growing presence on YouTube eventually led to his being cast as Roderick Meeks, a pivotal character on FOX’s hit TV show Glee, on its sixth and final season. Guthrie has opened concerts for Ed Sheeran, Sister Hazel, Neon Trees, Ben Rector, Corey Smith, Matisyahu, Matt Nathanson, and Selena Gomez, and has performed on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars as well as NBC’s Today Show and The Tonight Show. Noah, and his band, were recently featured performers on Rock Boat XVIII, the biggest music festival at sea, along with Sister Hazel, Barenaked Ladies, needtobreathe, Drew Holcomb and others. He also appears this season on NBC’s America’s Got Talent after being invited directly onto the show without an audition.
Headlining with Guthrie will be MAMADEAR with Kelly Bradway, Dan Wilson, and Parker Bradway. The country trio has played across America and opening for acts like Martina McBride, Brett Eldredge, Kristian Bush, Charlie Daniels, Michael Ray and more. Rolling Stone named them the “Best Up-and-Comer” at 2014 CMA Fest. Their sound is contagious and breeds southern comfort nostalgia. The stage will also be graced by Winston-Salem’s own, Luxuriant Sedans. The band’s five members – Mike “Wezo” Wesolowski (vocals, harp); Ed Bumgardner (bass, vocals); Rob Slater (guitar); Gino “Woo Funk” Grandinetti (guitar) and Larry Carman (drums) – are veteran musicians with experience in myriad musical genres, from alternative music to country-rock to jazz, vintage soul and funk to rock ‘n’ roll. The common ground for their backgrounds is blues, but The Luxuriant Sedans is no typical fedora-wearing, licks-off-of-records blues band. Rather, the band’s deep musical versatility takes the blue soul in its music and adds an element of rock ‘n’ roll energy that celebrates taste and individuality.
Are you ready to become a Micro Maniac? On Tuesday, October 2, Micro Championship Wrestling (MCW) brings its high-powered, explosive, athletic show to the Grandstand. These micro athletes may be short in stature but are giants in the world of entertainment with thrilling pro wrestling moves and just the right touch of comedy to make it an event for all ages. Shows on Tuesday begin at 2:00PM and 7:30PM.
On Wednesday, October 3, Josh Wilson takes the stage along with 7eventh Time Down. A Texan, Wilson started playing piano at age nine, then took up guitar and drums and never looked back. During his high school years, he fell in love with songwriting at Nashville’s Belmont University. Since signing his first record deal with Sparrow in 2006, Wilson has become a staple at radio, amassing multiple top 10 hits on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs chart, including “Savior, Please,” “I Refuse,” “Fall Apart,” “Carry Me,” “Before the Morning,” and “That Was Then, This Is Now.” He’s toured with some of the genre’s biggest acts, including Third Day, Steven Curtis Chapman, Matthew West, Casting Crowns, and Building 429. Wilson signed his latest record deal with Black River Christian in 2017, and in 2018, released his first single, “Dream Small,” with the new label. As a multi-instrumentalist and live-looping enthusiast, he’s been known to play and record as many as 20 instruments on stage at any given time.
Adept at mixing infectious melodies with inspiring lyrics 7eventh Time Down is a Kentucky-based band that focuses on proclaiming who they are in Christ with all their music. The four band members – Mikey Howard (vocals), Eric Vanzant (guitar), Cliff Williams (bass), and Austin Miller (drums) – are best friends who grew up together, and once school was over, each felt the call from God to do music ministry. They released their debut album, Alive in You in September 2011 and have toured with a long list of impressive artists, including Newsboys, for King & Country, KJ-52, Manafest, Fireflight and Stellar Kart, among others, and were recently a featured artist on Air 1’s popular “Club Awesome Tour.” In an effort to expand their ministry beyond their music, the band partners with CURE International, a non-profit that operates hospitals and programs in 27 countries worldwide where patients receive surgical treatment and have the opportunity to hear the Gospel.
The Old Time Tractor Pulling Association (OTTPA) joins the Fair on Saturday, October 5 with high-octane intensity as tractors battle it out for the best “pull” in multiple categories. This is a contest among heavily customized tractors and other pulling machines to determine which machine can drag a weighted sled the farthest. Put in your earplugs and get ready for the smoke to fly as these machines demonstrate their power.
The majestic Rolling Hills Percherons return to this year’s Dixie Classic Fair. Percheron horses were first imported to the United States from France in 1839. Before World War II, the Sell-Hancock family had a deep passion for this French breed of draft horse. These horses were used by farmers, loggers and teamsters to move freight long before the tractor trailer. They even helped the Ringling Brothers Circus set up. Percherons are now used for farming, recreational events, competition showings, breeding and more. Each horse weighs approximately 2,000 pounds and stands over 6 feet tall. Their diet consists of 12-14 pounds of grain, 30 pounds of hay and 15-20 gallons of water per day. The Hancock family continues to show, breed and train these Percherons.
The perennially popular Gospel Fest sponsored by The Chronicle also returns on both Sundays of the Fair, featuring the region’s best Gospel groups and singers.
The Dixie Classic Fair is the second-largest attended agricultural Fair in North Carolina and runs from September 28 to October 7 at the fairgrounds in Winston-Salem. Advance Sale Discount Tickets are available online through the Fair’s web site, www.dcfair.com and Ticketmaster. The Advance Sale ends on Thursday, September 27 at 11:59PM. Online sales will be promoted via the Fair’s social media links on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Advance Tickets can be purchased with no convenience charges at the Annex Box Office located at 414 Deacon Boulevard, Winston-Salem; hours are Monday to Saturday from 10:00AM to 5:00PM. For more information on the Dixie Classic Fair, please visit www.DCFair.com.