The sponsors of the first major event held by the Fayette County Agricultural Society for 2016 were announced recently.
The Smokin’ Ham Band will be performing at the Mahan Building on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and refreshments and a cash bar will be available. The cost is $10 a ticket. This group is new to the Mahan Building but has played in the county before, according to secretary of the Ag Society, Faith Cottrill.
Based out of London, the Smokin’ Ham Band consists of seven accomplished musicians with a true love for country music and folks everywhere who enjoy a great live performance. Their mixture of authentic instruments for the genre and pure vocal talent, combined with the discipline of playing together for many years, ensures that patrons get a Nashville-quality performance each and every time with the SHB.
The sponsors for the event were announced Thursday during a meeting at the Mahan Building and they are: Buckeye Propane, Crop Production Services, Gustin Seed Services, Lewis & Langley Realty and The Willow Catering.
“(The Smokin’ Ham Band) has never played here on the fairgrounds before,” Cottrill said during an interview recently. “I didn’t know about them, but we watched their video on their website and they are really good. We are wanting to finish our remodel here on the breezeway. So far we have the other buildings, the Mahan and Fine Arts, finished, but if we can get the backing of the community like we always have, then we will be able to finish this stretch of building. We are hoping to have that remodel done by the spring.”
Another important addition to the event schedule for 2016 is the Scott Antique Market, courtesy of Don Scott. After looking at a few surrounding counties to hold this “Antique Extravaganza,” Scott decided that the design and feel of the fairgrounds was what he was looking for, according to Cottrill. Scott, who has rented the entire fairgrounds for the event, has nearly filled all of the vendor spots available and many items on display will include antique furniture, jewelry, silverware and much more. This event will be held on April 29 through May 1.
“This is an antique flea market show and we are expecting a huge turnout,” Fayette Ag. Society President Robert Schwartz said recently. “Don Scott has a tremendous following and he has had these type of antique shows across the eastern edge of the country and around the state. After he searched nearby locations, Don selected our fairgrounds because of the facilities we have to offer and our location, and he thinks it is a very good spot to hold several shows. Geographically, we are located centrally for people who live in Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati. The draw is large as far as the population that is within driving distance. We are looking forward to this event and many more with Don.”
During the Thursday meeting, Scott visited to discuss with local food vendors who would be interested in joining the event. Attendees included Miami Trace Panther Booth representatives, Cattle Feeder representatives, The Willow Catering and St. Colman’s Catholic Booth representatives among others. Scott also invited local antique vendors to join in by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (740) 569-4112. For more information about other event times and locations visit www.scottantiquemarkets.com.
The market will return three other times this year, June 24 through 26, Aug. 26 through 28 and Sept. 30 through Oct. 2. According to Cottrill, Scott has signed on to bring this market back to Fayette County every year until 2020.
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