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All Ag Land entertainment included with admission.

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

WEDNESDAY, September 4th

THURSDAY, September 5th

FRIDAY, September 6th

SATURDAY, September 7th

SUNDAY, September 8th

MAX ARMSTRONG and the "Round House" band

Co-host of This Week in AgriBusiness

Max ArmstrongMax Armstrong is one of the most widely recognized and highly-regarded agricultural journalists in America.

His broadcasts have been seen and heard by millions of farmers, ranchers and consumers for more than 30 years. 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, a popular show on the RFD-TV rural programming channel.

On Saturdays he 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 4, at 12:00 noon.

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Bluegrass music played by Ashley Lewis and "Legacy"

Ashley LewisKnown for her sparkling vocals and dynamic mandolin work Ashley is also a highly acclaimed songwriter.

Celebrating the release of her third album, entitled “Captivated”, Ashley and Legacy will perform in her unique bluegrass/country style with dynamic acoustic instruments, featuring Ashley’s “mandolin magic” and mellifluous vocals.

Award winning artist, Dale Ann Bradley of Nashville, comments on Ashley’s music, “I sat there with a smile on my face the whole time. You are a natural! You have the beauty in your heart and it comes through in your music.” Visit her website: ashleylewis.net

Performing Wednesday, September 4, at 5:00 p.m.

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Fiddle Contest

All ages are welcome to enter with three separate age divisions

Get registration forms and more information

Participation is free with the purchase of a fair ticket. The contest offers three separate age divisions, which include children through adult and each contestant performs two tunes; a waltz and a hoe-down. The contest is considered to be traditional fiddle music as opposed to classical, jazz, pop or rock. Traditional styles include Irish, French, Cajun, other National/Ethnic styles, Country, and Bluegrass.

Whether you are a seasoned fiddler, a novice, or an appreciative audience member, this is a great opportunity to participate or enjoy some very impressive fiddling in the shady, country atmosphere of the Sandwich Fair.

See contest rules and get registration forms here.

Performing Wednesday, September 4 at 6:00 p.m.

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Orion Samuelson

Performing with the "Round House" band

Orion SamuelsonMost widely known for hosting the US Farm Report. Orion Samuelson was inducted in to the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2003.

The #1 Agricultural Broadcaster in the country, Orion Samuelson has served as WGN Radio Agribusiness Director since 1960. Orion presents daily agricultural and business reports on WGN, in addition to co-hosting The Morning Show, WGN Radio's agriculture program, with his longtime colleague Max Armstrong on Saturdays at 5am.

Performing Thursday, September 5 at 10:00 a.m.

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"Wake the Sheep" Band

Award winning guitarist from Ottawa and his band

Wake the Sheep BandEnjoy touches of Country, Contemporary, Folk, Blues, Roots Rock and Modern Americana

Come enjoy local talent! Wake The Sheep band members include: Steve Sharp an award winning singer/song-writer and guitarist from Ottawa; percussionist Dick Verucchi, Peru; bassist-vocalist Dick Hally, LaSalle; and guitarist-vocalist Al Sunken. Wenona, Verucchi and Hally were in the 1970s country-rock band Buckacre. They recorded two major-label albums and collaborated with Sharp and other LaSalle County-area musicians on the 2003 CD anthology "Crossing Paths at Starved Rock." Some of the "Crossing Paths" tunes are on "One Night Live."

The Chicago Music Awards named Steve Sharp Country Entertainer of the Year three times. He also received a Country Album of the Year award for his CD release “The Simplest Kind of Terms”. A “Wake the Sheep” gig in LaSalle in 2007 was recorded by sound engineer Rick Powell of Ottawa and released as a CD. "One Night Live" features new original songs and songs from previous CDs plus a few of the band's most requested cover tunes.

Visit Steve Sharp's music on Facebook

Performing Thursday, September 5 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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WSPY SHOW Featuring Max Armstrong and Chris Schwemlein

with music by "Crossroads"

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. Also broadcast on WSQR, WCSJ and WKBK

The band, “Crossroads” adds to the depth and flair to the live broadcast with their musical segments in between interviews or during our 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 6 at 12:00 noon.

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Talk of the Town Swing Band

Tunes from the big band swing era

Talk of the Town BandThink 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 consists of 5 saxophones, 3 Trombones, 5 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.

Performing Friday, September 6 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Brings its Rock Show to the Ag Land Stage

SnapshotMembers in the band are:

  • "Murph Cater - Vocals
  • Don Agler - Vocals, Guitar
  • Greg Collerschell - Vocals, Guitar
  • Mike Mathy - Vocals, Bass
  • Rick Pointek - Vocals, Keyboards
  • Danny Garcia - Drums

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Performing Friday, September 6 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

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One of the freshest Top 40 Country cover/original bands in the Northern Illinois/Southern Wisconsin area.

Back Country Roads“BCR's” contemporary sound and dynamic stage shows earned loyal fans and several opening slots for national acts

“Back Country Roads” plays the newer Country Music that’s coming out of Nashville and a few of their original compositions. It’s a 7-piece band led by a strong vocal duet with songs ranging from Johnny Cash/June Carter to Brantley Gilbert.

Playing to capacity crowds since June of 2009 when Mary, Kyle and Brian formed the band as a three-piece acoustic band, BCR has gone through some changes. Our female lead singer, Mary, is no longer in the band. We have added a female vocalist, Cortney Alber. Sheand Dan Alfrey on keyboard are great additions to the band.. “Back Country Roads” has played dozens of festivals, County Fairs, the Rockford Speedway and for the last three years at Country Thunder in Wisconsin.

“Back Country Roads” members are: Cortney Alber, Vocals; Kyle Miller, Vocals; Brian Miller, Guitar/Vocals; John Von Arx, Guitar/Keyboard/Vocals; Dave Miller, Bass/Vocals; Jarred Klotz, Drums/Vocals; and Dan Alfrey, Keyboard.

Email them and check them out Online, Facebook and their new Android/iPhone app at "Back Country Roads"

Performing Saturday, September 7 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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JP and the Cats

Music from the 1950's through today

JP and the CatsA High Energy Band

For 30 years JP & The Cats, a high-energy band, have been entertaining audiences of all ages. The Cats play hundreds of shows in the Chicago area, the Mid-West and the entire U.S. There will be good times for everyone.

Known for costume changes and fast-paced stage antics, JP & The Cats draw from an impressive repertoire of music from the 1950's up through today. In a single night, you'll most likely hear tributes to the 70's disco era and 80's MTV along with the music of Elvis, ACDC, Johnny Cash, Bon Jovi, Blink 182, Aerosmith, Santana, Zac Brown Band, Lady Gaga and much more.

The Cats can also be found on sunny South Padre Island, TX in the dead of winter and at the legendary Saloon #10 in Deadwood, SD during the popular Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.


  • J.P. Tulk - Front Man, Trumpet
  • Mike Hartigan - Keyboard, Vocals
  • Pickles Pickarski - Bass, Vocals
  • Derrick Martens - Drums

Frequently Joined by:

  • Paige DeChausse - Vocals
  • Casey McDonough - Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, Vocals
  • Nick Boettcher - Guitar, Vocals
  • James Costanza - Percussion

Find them on Facebook

Performing Saturday, September 7 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

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"The hardest working folk duo in America"

Patchouli“Patchouli live is amazing. I compare it to taking a yoga class in a field of running mustangs.”

Nationally touring, award winning songwriter Julie Patchouli and master guitarist Bruce Hecksel light up the air with sparkling acoustic sounds and their powerful contagious chemistry. Famous for that smiling voice that instantly turns a bad day into a good one. Patchouli’s down-to-earth, hopeful songwriting is “New American Folk” blending elements of folk, pop, flamenco and jazz with world beat rhythms. Patchouli’s sound has been described as “the harmonies of Simon & Garfunkel meet the guitar brilliance of the Gipsy Kings.

Fourteen years of non-stop touring has honed this classically trained duo into legendary performers, dubbed “the hardest working folk duo in America”. Having just released their 15th CD Terra Guitarra, Dragonfly in winter of 2012 and a new Patchouli CD releasing in January 2013, Patchouli is as busy in the studio as they are on the road.

Patchouli represents the very top echelon of today's acoustic performers, bringing the highest level of skill together with the passion, experience and joy that are a rare combination indeed.

Check out her bio online

Performing Sunday, September 8 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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