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DEWITT — The people spoke, Clinton County Fair organizers listened, and this year there will be live music at the fair that will be from July 17-21.

Things will kick off Saturday, July 13, with a concert at the fairgrounds featuring the nationally-touring band “Drop Dead Dangerous.”

The Nashville-area band will play original music in addition to classic rock, old country, and southern rock. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the swine building. Beer and food concessions will be available.

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Tickets also will be available at the door for $15. All tickets are non-refundable.

The concert is two-fold: to give area live-music fans a fun evening out while also raising funds for fair improvements.

“The community is asking for different entertainment [at the fair],” said Dede Wagener, an associate member of the Clinton County Fair Board. “So, we are trying really hard this year to do what the community wants. This concert will kind of be a kickoff to the fair.”

Wagener’s husband, Dan, is the fair board president, and said Saturday’s concert will help pay for things such as repairs to the concession stand area, which was damaged when a storm caused a tree to fall on it early in the year, as well as the roof of the auditorium, which was damaged during a storm in the spring.

He is hopeful area residents will contribute to the cause and treat themselves to a fun night.

“The response so far has been pretty slow,” Dan noted. “I’ve had a lot of people tell me they’re coming [to the concert], but haven’t bought their tickets yet. I’m still optimistic there will be a good turnout.

“We’ve had a lot of requests from people to bring live music to the fairgrounds, and that’s what we’re trying to do starting with the concert on the 13th.”

In addition, there will be live music each night of the fair. Every evening, there will be performances in the beer barn from acts including Mike Nash, the Love Dogs, the Rat Clan, and Calamus’ own John Janssen of The Moonshiners.

Thursday, July 18, at 7 p.m. Casey Muessigmann — from season 3 of “The Voice” — will perform in the main arena.

Dan said if all goes well this year, the fair board can continue to build on giving visitors the ultimate experience.

“This is what people want,” he related. “If we have a good response we’ll start lining stuff up for next year … we’re open to suggestions.”