HEMPSTEAD, Texas – Neal McCoy has twice been named entertainer of the year, and his showmanship is one reason why he will be the featured entertainer at the Waller County Fair and Rodeo.
The exposition, set for Friday, Sept. 25-Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Waller County Fairgrounds in Hempstead, will include four top-flight concerts, with McCoy closing the fair on Oct. 3.
“We have worked to get the kinds of acts that everyone will enjoy when they come to our fair and rodeo,” said Steven Pfeiffer, the Waller County Fair Board’s entertainment committee chairman. “I’m very excited about our concert lineup from start to finish.”
All associated with the event should be excited. The series begins Texas-born artist Aaron Watson, who released his most recent album, “The Underdog,” earlier this year. Watson, who released the rodeo hit “July in Cheyenne” in 2013, has been around the music industry for better than 15 years. He will perform Saturday, Sept. 26.
Jeff Woolsey, who grew up on the north side of Houston, was raised around traditional country music. He started his own band at age 19, and throughout the 1990s, he and his band were big hits on the dancehall circuit. The group was the 1994 band of the year in the Houston area. After a few years away from the trade, he returned to the music scene in less than a decade ago playing the music he loves. He takes the stage Thursday, Oct. 1.
Country legend John Conlee has been a top act for decades with memorable hits like “Rose Colored Glasses,” “Miss Emily’s Picture,” “Common Man,” “I’m Only in It for The Love” and “Got My Heart Set on You,” just to name a few. He performs Friday, Oct. 2.
“We have a strong group of entertainers coming to town, from traditional country with Jeff Woolsey and John Conlee to Aaron Watson, who has been taking country music by storm,” said Dustin Standley, the fair board’s sponsorship chairman. “It’s very exciting for us to have this kind of show for the people who come to our fair.”
McCoy, who won his entertainer of the year awards in 1998-99, has released 34 singles to country radio. He had back-to-back No. 1 singles with “No Doubt About It” and “Wink” in 1993. He had three platinum albums and several top-10 hits in the 1990s and 2000s.
In addition to the concerts of top artists, the newly remodeled Ole Wagon Wheel dance hall will feature dances throughout the week:
- Brian Loftin and Texas Reflections from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26
- DJ with karaoke from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, and Wednesday, Sept. 30
- Aubrey Lynn Band from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1
- Lacy Booth and Tim Nichols from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2
- Texas Special Band, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3