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Dustin Lynch to Perform at the Northwest Montana Fair & Rodeo

This year's fair is scheduled for Aug. 16-20 at the Flathead County Fairgrounds

Rising country star Dustin Lynch will perform at this summer’s Northwest Montana Fair and Rodeo.

This year’s fair is scheduled for Aug. 16-20 at the Flathead County Fairgrounds with a theme of “Celebrate!”  Lynch will perform on Aug. 16. Tickets for the concert and all other grandstand events are now available for purchase at the fairgrounds office and on the fair’s website.

Traditional country music fans have compared Lynch to George Straight because of his classical skills, yet he is also immensely popular with young fans who appreciate how he combines traditional influences with an edgy intensity, placing him at the vanguard of today’s contemporary country scene.

Lynch’s self-titled debut hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart in 2012. The album’s lead single, “Cowboys and Angels,” exceeded platinum sales status and became a modern-day country classic, ending the year as one Billboard’s Top 5 Country Songs of 2012. His second album included hits “Hell of a Night” and “Where It’s At.” The first single from Lynch’s soon-to-be-released third album, “Seein’ Red,” has earned the up-and-comer further acclaim.

A native of Tennessee, Lynch has opened for stars including Keith Urban and Luke Bryan. He was praised in Rolling Stone Country’s “The Best Things We Saw at CMA Music Fest 2014” and Rolling Stone’s 2013 Best of Rock Issue, named Elle’s “Best New Country Music Artist of 2013” and picked for both People Country and U.S. Weekly’s “2014 Sexiest Men of Country.”

General admission adult tickets for the Lynch concert are $32, reserved seating tickets are $40, and party pit tickets are $45. General admission tickets for children ages six to 12 are $20, and children ages five and under are seated free of charge in the general admission area. All tickets purchased prior to arriving at the fair include admission to the grounds. The concert is sponsored by Kalispell Toyota & Northwest Toyota Dealers.

The Ram PRCA Rodeo runs Aug. 17-19 and will feature world-class male and female competitors from Canada and throughout the United States aiming for the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Events include bareback, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding. Adult tickets range from $20 to $24, with seniors admitted for $10 to the general seating area on Aug. 17.  General admission tickets for children ages six to 12 are $10, and children ages five and are seated free of charge in the general admission area.

The fair culminates in a demolition derby on Aug. 20 with drivers competing for cash prizes. Adult tickets are $20, children ages six to 12 are admitted for $10, and children ages five and under are seated free of charge in the general admission area.

To purchase event tickets or for more information about the 2017 Northwest Montana Fair & Rodeo, visit www.nwmtfair.com or call the fairgrounds office at 758-5810.

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