All Ag Land entertainment is included with admission.
THURSDAY, September 8
FRIDAY, September 9
- 12 p.m. WSPY Show, featuring Max Armstrong, Chris Schwemlein, and "Crossroads" band. Also broadcast on WCSJ, and WLBK.
- 7 to 11 p.m. Road Angel
SATURDAY, September 10
SUNDAY, September 11
- 1 to 4 p.m. Patchouli
MAX ARMSTRONG and the Back Paiges Band
Co-host of This Week in AgriBusiness
Max Armstrong is one of the most widely recognized and highly-regarded Agricultural journalists in America! 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. Max co-hosts the weekly program This Week in Agribusiness aired on Chicago’s WGN Radio, where he has been heard every week for more than 30 years.
Miller's Hometown Band
Pleasing audiences in the northern Illinois area for 35+ years, Miller's Hometown Band plays a wide variety of popular dance music from the 40’s to current selections in all genres. They take requests, too!
The band is comprised of siblings Kevin, Mary Ann, and Pat Miller—along with Brien Prenovost and Mary Ann’s Husband Dave Miller. All five members sing harmonies that will delight your ears and your soul! …and don’t forget your dancing shoes….or boots! See ya there!
Performing with the Back Paiges band
Orion has been on WGN Radio for more than 53 of his 81 years! “He’s the news commentator that’s always had the farmers back and has told our side of the story—better than we ever could have thought.” Orion is widely known for hosting the US Farm Report. 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.
All ages: 60s and current rock, contemporary, and country hits
Jim Stone, Jim Yoder, Jim Williams, Rick Flessner, and Ted King
“The current five-member band performs that long awaited good time everyone so longs for.”
If you are looking for the best gig in town, Back Paiges is the right band for you! The band's mission is simply to provide a good time for every age performing hits from the 60's to current hits of rock, contemporary, and country!
Since 1992, Back Paiges has performed two steppin', swing dancing, and a rockin' good time!
Featuring Max Armstrong
and Chris Schwemlein
broadcast on WSQR, WCSJ, and WLBK
The WSPY Noon Show is a 90-minute program dedicated to promoting and educating audiences on the importance of agriculture. Most state, county and local fairs have agricultural origins, such as showing livestock, produce, or, canned and baked goods from the raw products grown on our Midwestern farms. The show is also broadcast on WSQR, WCSJ and WLBK. The band, “Crossroads” adds depth and gives flair to the live broadcasts. The Noon Show has become a staple of the Ag Land Stage in the years since the Nelson Multimedia stations started broadcasting from the Fair.
Talk of the Town Swing Band
Tunes from the big band swing era
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.
Road Angel is a classic rock party band that’s been entertaining thousands of fans all around the Illinois Valley area since 1978. The band plays ONLY recognizable, danceable songs the way you remember them. Because our songs are so recognizable and danceable, we are successful and well received by all age groups in virtually any venue from festivals, clubs and casinos to wedding receptions to proms. The band features tight harmony vocals and exceptional musicianship.
Members: Dick Charbonneau, Michael Wilson, Mike Sabatini, Mark Kalina, Mike Colle, and Bill Mayer.
Chicago Music Award winner & Country Entertainer of the Year
Steve Sharp is an award winning singer/song-writer and guitarist. He reminds us how important and potent music can be! Three times in recent years Steve has been named Country Entertainer of the Year at the Chicago Music Awards and also received a Country Album of the Year award for his CD release “The Simplest Kind of Terms”. Steve captivates first-time listeners and keeps long-time faithful followers coming back for more.
Chicago Music Award winner & Country Entertainer of the Year
Whiskey Romance Band (aka WRB) is the REAL deal! Based out of Northern, IL in farm country, WRB is distilled Country Music!
Some members of the band have performed at Country Thunder in Twin Lakes. WRB was also a runner up in the Local Competition of the Texaco Country Showdown in Nashville.
The group performs mostly current country hits.
Members: Mark Vanjoske, Vocals; Leah Pearl Vargo, Vocals; John Chapman, Drums and Vocals; Craig Cox, Bass and Vocals; Danny Stokes, Guitar; Marc Z, Guitar, Banjo, and Mandolin.
High-energy acoustic sound from indie singer songwriter guitar duo.
Julie Patchouli’s down-to-earth, hopeful and vibrant songwriting is inspirational, positive, and makes you feel good. Bruce Hecksel and Julie Patchouli, are both accomplished multi-instrumentalists.
Patchouli has just released their 17th album of all-original compositions in their 15 years of performing together. This duo is renowned as a dynamic group with high-energy acoustic music.
Bruce and Julie have performed over 2,500 times—covering enough ground on the road to equal over 40 times around the earth.