The Fayette County Fair ended the week-long festivities with a concert by rising country star Jon Pardi.
General admission tickets included free admission to the McDonald’s Grandstand, but those who wanted an up-close view on the track could upgrade their tickets for $10.
While opening band Bovine Hobo, from Dayton, played, a light drizzle tried to take over.
“No matter the weather, the concert is going to happen. They’ve got a covered stage, there won’t be a cancelled concert tonight,” Senior Fair Board member Doug Marine said.
Starting at about 5 p.m., concert-goers started picking out their seats and spots along the stage. By 6 p.m., there wasn’t really a chance at getting to the stage — the crowd was already assembled.
Pardi, originally from Dixon, California, said in a quick interview before he took the stage Saturday night, “People don’t really know that there’s a lot of agriculture in California — I’m from a place a lot like this.”
“When I say I’m used to small country fairs, I’m saying that my grandma is on the fair board, so with all the fair board members here coming up and talking to me like I’m a really big deal is just funny to me now.”
Pardi is full of energy and easily approachable. While fighting to get his earplugs situated, he laughed and talked about his hometown and love of music.
“I mean, I got to spend five minutes talking to George Strait. What else could I ask for? I’m having fun and meeting lots of people,” Pardi said.
Pardi has gotten to meet several big-name artists in his short time and has already played the Grand Ole Opry and the Austin City Limits Festival — two of the biggest venues in the country music world.
“Honestly, I mean, I’ve already played the Opry…really I just want to keep playing. I just love playing, I don’t care where,” Pardi grinned while answering. That’s a pretty great answer for an artist who continues to rise; you can tell when he takes the stage that it’s where he feels most comfortable.
The show was a great way to end an exciting fair week, and Pardi’s energy was felt all through the Grandstand.