The Crawford County Fair Board is breaking with its tradition of the past few years of

announcing a big-name act that will appear at the upcoming fair and putting tickets on sale before Christmas. In addition, the board may decide to cut back from its traditional slate of four major musical acts.

“It’s the economy and we’re worried on how tickets would sell,” board President Morris Waid said. “It’s all based on the economy and the ready cash people may have.”

The board will have to look at grandstand entertainment options for the 2009 fair, Waid said. The Crawford County Fair is scheduled for Aug. 15 through 22, 2009.

There were four nights of main grandstand musical acts during this year’s fair — “High School Musical” stars Vanessa Hudgens and Corbin Bleu, rock band Daughtry, country singers Blake Shelton and Gretchen Wilson, and country star Toby Keith.

The fair’s concert area can accommodate 10,000 — 5,000 in the grandstand and 5,000 in racetrack seating. The Toby Keith concert had a crowd of more than 6,000.

Ticket prices this year for the various acts ranged from a low of $20 to a high of $51.50. Waid said three of the four concerts held this year lost money for the fair board.

Fred Wagner, fair board treasurer, said Tuesday he still was working on final figures from the 2008 concerts and expects to present the results at Thursday’s fair board meeting.

“The board has not made the decision yet,” Waid said when asked if the board may cut back on the number of concerts.

Waid said he is hoping the board would try for two concerts nights in 2009. But the board would have to find other grandstand entertainment for the other two nights, he said.

What musical acts will play at the fair probably won’t be determined until early in 2009, he added.

That’s after the board attends Pennsylvania’s state fair convention in Hershey and meets with entertainment bookers to determine what acts would be available during the 2009 Crawford County Fair, Waid said.

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by e-mail at

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