CROTON — The Hartford Fair, which begins Sunday in Croton, will offer all of the delights of a country fair, including some top country music. On Monday, David Nail and Jason Michael Carroll will take the grandstand stage beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Nail bridges the gap between traditional country and soulful stylings. He is described as Jim Reeves crossed with Elton John, Garth Brooks meets Stevie Wonder, and Glen Campbell blended with Michael Bublé.
His second studio album, “The Sound of a Million Dreams,” was released in November 2011 and produced the No. 1 hit “Let it Rain.”
Carroll’s first album, “Waitin’ in the Country,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. His first two singles, “Alyssa Lies” and “Livin’ Our Love Song,” made the Top 5. With solidly country sounds, it’s his lyrics that reach people.
The 154th Annual Hartford Independent Fair opens Sunday and runs through Saturday, Aug. 11. The fair claims the title of the “biggest little fair in the world.”
State and county fairs are often called “big” fairs; suggesting that all other fairs are “little.” The Hartford Fair is one of only seven independent fairs in Ohio and since Licking County doesn’t have a county fair, it is the “biggest” fair in Licking County.
But the Hartford Fair is anything but little.
Last year, an estimated over 200,000 paying fair-goers passed through the gates.
The junior fair includes 4-H clubs, not just from Licking County, but also from four townships in Delaware and three in Knox County including Milford, Hilliar and Miller townships.