VAN WERT — Thanks to a new collaboration, Van Wert will be hosting one of country music’s biggest acts for the 2020 Van Wert County Fair.
Van Wert Live announced Friday afternoon that Big and Rich will headline the fair at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, joined by opener Joe Diffie.
Big and Rich’s “Peace, Love and Happy Hour” tour will include some of the band’s greatest hits like “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” and “Comin’ to Your City” combined with ’90s country classics like “John Deere Green” and “Pickup Man” from opener Diffie.
New digital-only tickets for this show will go on sale to the general public at 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at npacvw.com. Tickets are $35 for grandstand wing seating, $45 for grandstand center, $65 for box seats, $62 for track wing standing room and $75 for the party pit. Tickets may be printed at home by the buyer, if a physical ticket is preferred.
In addition, a beer garden for concert attendees 21 years and older will be available at the grandstand for the first time at the Van Wert County Fair.
“This concert is in line with the Van Wert-wide vision to make Van Wert Ohio’s premier music city,” said Tafi Stober, executive director of the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. “Van Wert will be a destination for live entertainment and it already is beginning with the Niswonger in 2007. Now we’re growing upon that mission and that vision to be able to be the destination where people come to be entertained.”
Van Wert Live is a newly formed collaboration between the Van Wert Area Performing Arts Foundation and the Van Wert Fair Board. Stober said the goal of the new group is to expand the possibility for entertainment into different venues, which can also allow access to larger artists like Big and Rich.
“We have great agent relationships, so when we tell them now we have a venue that seats 5,000 that we want to program, then they had a lot of options,” she explained. “Big and Rich was someone that would appeal to a diverse age group and Joe Diffie, we sell the best with ’90s country, so we knew that he would be a great calling card with them. We felt like they were a powerful band to kick us off — we wanted to go big.”
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