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February 23, 2015

Oak Ridge Boys to Make Their 8th Appearance at the Great New York State Fair

One of the longest-lasting and most successful partnerships in music returns to the Great New York State Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 1 when the Oak Ridge Boys make their 8th visit to the fairgrounds for a 2:00 p.m. show on the second Senior Day, Acting Director Troy Waffner announced today.

In an industry where players come and go, the Oak Ridge Boys are the model of stability.  William Lee Golden joined 50 years ago, with Duane Allen, Richard Sterban, and Joe Bonsall all in place by 1973.  That lineup produced an astounding 17 number one country hits and 20 more songs in the country top 40.  That list includes 1981’s crossover smash, “Elvira,” which sold more than 2 million copies worldwide and introduced the quartet to a worldwide pop audience.

The Boys have appeared seven times previously at the Fair, most recently in 2009.  Their first appearance came on the Grandstand in 1978, the year the big stage opened, with Kenny Rogers and Dottie West.

“The Oak Ridge Boys have been tweeting at us for a while now to invite them back.  Last year’s tweet was in all-caps.  It said, ‘WE MISS YOU!’  Well, we missed them, too, and we’re thrilled to have them on the Chevy Court stage once again.  They’ll put on a terrific show full of familiar songs, just as they have for half a century,” said Waffner.

“Our history with The Great New York State Fair goes back over many years and we are honored to be coming back again. When we tweeted ‘WE MISS YOU’ we meant it,” said Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys.  “Being invited back to this great American event is an honor! We still have a ton of great friends in New York State and we can't wait to sing to them. Folks can tweet their set list request to us @oakridgeboys. This show will be a highlight of our fair season. See you there!”

Previously, the Fair announced that Everclear will play at 2:00 p.m. on opening day, August 27.  More announcements for the 21 remaining Chevy Court performance slots are coming soon.

Concerts on Chevy Court are sponsored by Chevrolet.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 27 September 7, 2015.  The Fair’s mission, reflected in its theme, “Summer’s Best in Show,” is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment. 

In addition to the annual New York State Fair, the Fairgrounds host dozens of agricultural events throughout the year, including some of the Northeast’s most prestigious horse and livestock shows.

The home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website.  Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, and enjoy photos from the Fair at Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at

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