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ALWAYS LABOR DAY WEEK - Wednesday through Sunday. Gates open 8 a.m.

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AG LAND STAGE

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All Ag Land entertainment is included with admission.

If your band is interested in performing in the future, email Gary Skinner

WEDNESDAY, September 3

THURSDAY, September 4

FRIDAY, September 5

SATURDAY, September 6

SUNDAY, September 8

MAX ARMSTRONG and the Round House band

Co-host of This Week in AgriBusiness


Max Armstrong In three decades of agriculture broadcasting, Max has originated broadcasts from all 50 states and 30 different foreign nations. He has twice received the Oscar in Agriculture and has been awarded the highest honors by the National Agri-Marketing Association, the American Agricultural Editors Association and the National Association of Farm Broadcasters.

His broadcasts have been seen and heard by millions of farmers, ranchers and consumers. As director of broadcasting for Farm Progress Companies, Armstrong is responsible for the daily radio programming and the television specials produced by Farm Progress. He co-hosts This Week in Agribusiness and on Saturdays co-hosts a weekly hour-long agricultural program on Chicago broadcast powerhouse WGN Radio, where he has been heard every week for more than 30 years.

Performing Wednesday, September 3, at 12 p.m.

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Talent Show Contest

See the fairgoers show off their talents

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That’s right; the SANDWICH FAIR is sponsoring a Talent Contest open to all age groups as part of the celebration for the 127th SANDWICH FAIR.

We know there's some super hot talent out there waiting to be discovered. Now is your chance. Don't be shy.

The number of acts will be limited. The time for each act should be under five minutes, including set-up and tear-down. Musical talent is limited to three pieces in the group. Invited acts may have to audition. Celebrity judges will be selected for the Talent Contest and prizes awarded for each age group.

Wednesday, September 3, at 6 p.m.

Check out the contest rules.

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Orion Samuelson

Performing with the "Round House" band

Orion Samuelson Orion has been on WGN Radio for more than 53 of his 80 years!

“He’s the news commentator that’s always had the farmers back. He’s told our side of the story, better than we ever could have thought.”

Orion has an unequalled record of service to the nation’s farmers. He is the most honored agriculture journalist in the country. Orion is a member of: the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame; the National 4-H Hall of Fame; the National Association of Farm Broadcasters Hall of Fame; and the National Radio Hall of Fame.

Orion Samuelson is widely known for hosting the US Farm Report. As the #1 Agricultural Broadcaster in the country, he has served as WGN Radio Agribusiness Director since 1960. Orion broadcasts agricultural and business reports on WGN.

Performing Thursday, September 4, at 10 a.m.

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Destination Unknown

Country, Alternative, Rock, and Originals

Destination Unknow Band A band you'll want to see time and time again, Destination Unknown plays hot new country, old country favorites, and alternative music. Enjoy Nate Peterson and Jamie Lauren trading lead vocals and harmonizing with each other, while Nate plays the acoustic guitar. The backing band puts some rock in the country, and features Jeffro Arnold playing tasteful and sizzling lead guitar; Greg Davis, a rock solid drummer with energy to spare; and bassist Randy Stukenberg pushing the low end to its limits. Their ability and experience are second to none! In 2013 the band played at Country Thunder on the Q98.5 stage, and the Great American Country stage.

Performing Thursday, September 5, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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WSPY SHOW
Featuring Max Armstrong and Chris Schwemlein

with music by the Crossroads band

Chris SchwemleinHave some fun, and laugh along with Chris and Max.

The WSPY Noon Show is a 90-minute program dedicated to promoting and educating the live and radio audiences on the importance of agriculture to the Fair. The roots of most State, County and local fairs tend to have agricultural origins, such as showing off prized livestock, produce, or, the canned and baked goods that come from the raw products grown on our Midwestern farms. The show is also broadcast on WSQR, WCSJ and WLBK.

The band, “Crossroads” adds to the depth and gives flair to the live broadcast with their musical segments in between interviews or during commercial breaks. It's rare to find a broadcast of this sort anymore in this region.

The Noon Show has become a staple of the Ag Land Stage in the few short years since the Nelson Multimedia stations started broadcasting from that location.

Performing on Friday, September 5, 12 p.m.

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Talk of the Town Swing Band

Tunes from the big band swing era

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Think 1940's and Pennsylvania 6-5000. Other songs the band plays are: Ballin' the Jack, String of Pearls, Blue Moon, and New York, New York. Founded on May 17, 2005 by Paul Rossek and Tom “the Colonel” Boyd. The Talk of the Town Swing Band is a group of Sandwich area musicians formed with the intention of popularizing the enduring sounds of the Big Band Era for modern audiences. Known mainly by songs by the likes of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw and Harry James, big band music includes most of the popular songs from 1920-1950 and beyond.

Directed by Josh Brooks, the Talk of the Town Band consists of five saxophones, three trombones, five trumpets, piano, drums, bass and vocalists. The band is very excited and humbled to be invited to support our country and troops by participating in a USO-type show at the Fair.

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Performing Friday, September 5 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Lincoln Don't Lie

Engaging performances that stay sharp and genuine to country music

The five-piece band was formed in February 2012, and performs current top-40 modern-country music adding their own unique spin by creating “country-fied” versions of pop and alternative tunes. The name Lincoln Don’t Lie highlights the band’s origin in Illinois, its pride in the history of the Midwest, and, Just like Abe, the group’s overall honest country sound and welcoming demeanor.

The lead singer and guitarist is Tarah Leigh Tesmer. She is joined by the talented Mike Echlin (vocals, keys and guitar); Eric Dobson (drums and vocals); Chris Walke (lead guitar and pedal/lap steel); and Jeff Thompson (bass and vocals). Together, these musicians provide a foundation for Tarah to work her magic and provide audiences with more than just a cover song but an interpretation and performance like no other.

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Performing Friday, September 5, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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Four Wheel Drive

Full throttle classic, contemporary country and Rock ‘N’ Roll music

4 Wheel Drive BandFour Wheel Drive is a five-piece band lead by the amazing and dynamic Christi Letsinger. She has assembled some of the finest and experienced musicians to back her up. Together they bring you the sounds of newer country, as well as, a classic mix of dance floor packing rock ‘n’ roll! There is no mistaking their chemistry and the local buzz that is being created by their music.

Members of the high energy band are:  Christi Letsinger-Lead Vocals; Allen Smith-Guitar; John Guler-Bass/Vocals; Todd Capes-Drums/Vocals; Hyland Morse- Guitar. Enjoy their diverse collection of popular and timeless classics.

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Performing Saturday, September 6, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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Lizzi Neal

2012, 2013, and 2014 RAMI Award Winner blues artist of the year
2014 RAMI album of the year, So Long Heartache

Lizzi Neal BandThis show is so fantastic and energetic that you can’t stay in your seat. Formed in 2003, Lizzi Neal Band brings together years of experience."If you are looking for something new, The LNB is the real deal. They have a dynamic style and a way of making each person feel they are playing just for them. Whatever "IT" is they have it!

Lizzi Neal is one of the Midwest best!" —River City Blues Society.

Lizzi Neal's vocals are so incredible you will struggle with every emotion. She grew up listening to her dad play and sing every day. She isn't just a singer; it’s like listening to a finely tuned instrument. You can hear so many influences in their music, but it still remains original just to them. They have a sound all their own. Dave Neal has been playing guitar since he was 13 and you can hear a mix of blues, country and rock. Jason Freeman is the best bass man around, mixing his love for blues, funk, and rock, he is untouchable. John Brown brings everyone together with his drums and vocals.

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Performing Saturday, September 6, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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The Relics

The music of the 60s is endless

The Relics is a band of veteran musicians who grew up in the 50's, 60's and 70's. We love this music and love playing. We bring you songs that bring back some great memories. Our objective is to "keep the party goin'", and play tunes that most bands pass over.

Well, this kinda gives you an idea of what we're all about, but don't just sit around on your computer reading this stuff....come on out and dig the sounds of The Relics....we'll rock your socks off!

Members of the band are:  Doug Thompson, guitarist/vocalist; Rachel McPheeters, vocalist; Ron Hoyle, bass; ohn Hill, drums/ backup vocals; Jim Smith, keyboards; Gary Hiland, lead vocalist/tambourine.

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Performing Sunday, September 7, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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