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Mississippi Valley Fair finalizes summer concerts


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Posted Online: Feb. 17, 2013, 9:55 pm
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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com
Thegrandstand lineup is set for this year's 94th annualMississippi Valley Fair -- and it again presents some big names in country music.

The fair, July 30to Aug. 4 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, 2815 W.Locust St., will feature the following acts:

-- July 30: Toby Keith, who last performed at Moline's i wireless Center in August 2010.

-- July 31: Uncle Kracker, a rapper/rocker best known for the pop single "Smile," opened for Kenny Chesney at the i wireless Center in May 2011 and for Jason Alden in October 2010.

-- Aug. 1: Dwight Yoakam, a 56-year-old country star turned actor, who has not headlined in the Q-C before.

-- Aug. 2: Lynyrd Skynyrd, the legendary Southern rockers (whose hits include "Sweet Home Alabama," "What's Your Name" and "Freebird"), last performed at the i wireless Center in September 2002.

-- Aug. 3: Diamond Rio, a six-member country band that formed in 1984.

-- Aug. 4: Jake Owen, who was 3 in 1984 and released his debut disc in 2006, opened for Keith Urban at the i wireless Center in June 2011.

Many new grounds attractions are planned and will be announced in the next few months, according to fair generalmanager Bob Fox.

Prices will remain the same as in 2012 for Fair Fun Cards, good for grounds admission and theonly way to be admitted into the grandstand concerts

Fun Fair Cards are available now at the fair office for $40. The price goes to$45 after July 6.

For more information, call563-326-5338 or visit mvfair.com.






















 



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  Today is Monday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2014. There are 100 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.






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