Watson, Conley to headline 2013 Fair

Home economics judging changed to early in week at NS clubhouse

The 2013 Rockdale Fair is a month away and headliners will include a familiar favorite and a first appearance locally buy a long-standing county music star.

Aaron Watson will make his third visit to Rockdale Fair in eight years for the Friday, Oct. 18 concert.

The next night Earl Thomas Conley will be the headliner. It will be his first trip to the Rockdale Fair.

Sharing the Friday bill with Watson is Kenny Orts while the Saturday concert will also feature the Casey Donahew Band and Haley Cole.

BIG CHANGE—The 38th annual Fair week will feature the same popular events as in past Fairs—rodeo, barbecue cookoff, parade, pageants and much more—but there’s a major change on the way for 2013.

Judging for the home economics show will be moved to the early part of Fair week and deadlines to enter have changed accordingly.

Haley Cole is also on the Saturday, Oct. 18, Fair Park stage. Haley Cole is also on the Saturday, Oct. 18, Fair Park stage. Judging of non-food items will be Tuesday, Oct. 15, while food items will be judged on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

That means check-in for all non-food items is moved up to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, and 9 a.m. to 2-noon Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the New Salem Clubhouse in Fair Park.

Food items will be checked in from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16.

Photos of grand and reserve champions will be at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 16.

ENTERTAINERS—Conley hit the big time in the 1980s with his “Blue Pearl” album with producer Nelson Larkin. One of the album’s tracks, “Fire & Smoke,” was selected as a single and promoted to country radio stations across the U.S. Within weeks, the song was atop the Billboard charts.

He went on the have 18 number one hits during the decade, the most for any country artist. in the 1980s.

Conley’s hits have included “Somewhere Between Right and Wrong,” “I Have Loved You Girl (But Not Like This Before),” “Your Love’s on the Line,” “Holding Her and Loving You,” “Don’t Make It Easy for Me,” “Angel in Disguise” “Once in a Blue Moon,” “Too Many Times,” “I Can’t Win for Losin’ You,” “That Was a Close One,” “Right from the Start,” “Love Out Loud,” “Bring Back Your Love to Me,” “Shadow of a Doubt” and many more.

Watson also appeared in at the 2005 and 208 Rockdale Fairs.

Watson has accumulated many accolades and critical accomplishments over the course of his career; including selling over 150,000 records, seven No. 1 singles on the Texas Music Chart, and 4 albums that debuted on the Billboard charts. Donahew is a native of Burleson, a Fort Worth suburb, who began playing professionally in 2002 by booking mostly bar gigs and building a dedicated fan base among the young.

He gained notoriety online and on airwaves throughout Texas, and reached the Top 30 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with the album “Moving On,” released in 2009.

The band has recently released its fourth album.

Orts and his father joined a well known band called The Westernaires when he was 13.

The band “We” played music mainly in the Giddings, Brenham, Bellville, and Rosenberg area.

Later, he became an original member of the band “Lost Wolf” and would be part of two other bands before deciding it was time for him to start his own band, Kenny Orts and No Chance.

Cole began performing at an early age and by the time she hit 16, she was equipped with a guitar and the determination to make a music career

She found herself on wellknown stages like Hurricane Harry’s, Dosey Doe’s, and the former Texas Hall of Fame. This elevated her to opening for the biggest names in the industry such as Drew Womack, Bart Crow, Ryan Beaver, Max Stalling, Brandon Rhyder, and Bri Bagwell.

She released a seven-song self-titled extended play this February.

Tickets available online

Season tickets for the 2013 Rockdale are now available online by using the Fair’s website.

Go to www.rockdalefairand, click on “tickets and deals” and follow the directions.

Season passes, good for all three days of the Oct. 17-19 Fair, plus the Oct. 12 childrens and Fair Queen pageants, are the best bargain.

They are priced as follows:

• Adult, $20.

• Child, ages 8-13, $10.

• Senior citizen, ages 55 and over, $10.

• Adult, $15.

Children ages 7 and under are admitted free.

Seasons tickets will also be sold by Miss Rockdale Fair Queen contestants .

Final day to purchase season tickets is Thursday, Oct. 17.

One- day ticket prices at the gate during Fair weekend will be $15 for adults and $10 for children 8-13 and senior citizens.

Carnival wristbands are separate from admission to the park and must be purchased at the carnival ticket booth.

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