Beach Boys booked for concert at county fair PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Farm Editor   
Saturday, 22 December 2012 08:30
The perennial boys of summer, the Beach Boys, will headline the 2013 Wood County Fair with a concert on Aug. 3.
The group formed in 1961 and has maintained its popularity for more than five decades.
Entertainment chairman Dave Nietz made the announcement Thursday night at the business meeting of the Senior Fair Board following the board's annual Christmas party at the Junior Fair Building. According to the promoter, R.J. Entertainment, the agreements have been reached; however, the final contracts have yet to be signed.
Nietz said his committee has had the group on its wish list for the last couple of years but the Beach Boys' schedule did not mesh with the fair dates. "This year we fit into their schedule."
Country music stars have dominated the concert line-up for many years.
"We thought we would try something different," Nietz said.
He said they expect a sell-out based on the group's history at other county fairs.
"The last time they were in the area was three years ago," Nietz said. "They put on a great show and the people who came were from age 14 to 94 and they all liked it."
Though ticket prices were not announced, Nietz said fairgoers should expect to pay more for this year's concert. 
The higher costs for the fair board will be the primary factor in raising ticket prices. Nietz said the band costs more than most acts the fair books and rather than travel by bus, the actual band members fly to each concert.
"We also have to rent more equipment," the chairman said.
Over the years band members have come and gone. One of the original members Brian Wilson will likely not be part of the group when it appears at the fair. He, along with another original member Al Jardine, rejoined the group as part of the recent 50th anniversary tour. Love, another original member, has led the Beach Boys for the last 13 years. Wilson stopped touring regularly in 1964.
In other business, the Wood County Commissioners, Jim Carter, Tim Brown and Joel Kuhlman, presented an annual funding check to the board. Among the projects approved for this year is funding for 15 catch basins to be installed including both new and replacements for improved drainage at the fairgrounds.
The board also learned that 14 new trees have been planted on the fairgrounds, with possibly more to be added next spring.
In old business, the board is likely to revisit the idea of demolishing a small vendor's stand under the newly installed grandstands.
According to a letter read to the board Thursday, the operator's of the stand will appear at the January meeting to address the board's concerns and illustrate their plans for improvements to the building.
Members of the Junior Fair Board were thanked for their efforts with the recent catch-a-pig sale and the beef weigh-in ID day.
Last Updated on Saturday, 22 December 2012 09:05

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