Ventura County Fair Entertainment: A Fun Mix for the Whole Family

August 03, 2005
Santa Paula News

From music of faith to classic rock, the entertainment lineup at the Ventura County Fair (August 3-14 in Ventura) will feature a range of new faces and old favorites with acts by Styx, Wallflowers, Newsboys and other artists.

By Alicia DoyleFrom music of faith to classic rock, the entertainment lineup at the Ventura County Fair (August 3-14 in Ventura) will feature a range of new faces and old favorites with acts by Styx, Wallflowers, Newsboys and other artists.Terri Clark and Julie Roberts will kick off the performances in the Grandstand at 7:30 p.m. on Fri., Aug. 5.Terri Clark is a four-time winner of the Canadian County Music Association Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year award. She reached number three on the charts in 1995 with her first single, “Better Things to Do,” followed by hits including “When Boy Meets Girl,” a remake of “Poor Poor Pitiful Me,” and “Now That I Found You.”Known for country favorites and the blues, Julie Roberts performed at the 31st annual American Celebration at Ford’s Theatre: A Salute to Our Troops fundraiser in Washington, D.C. attended by President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. Her debut album, “Julie Roberts,” is in the top 10 country albums of the year featuring bluesy country with shades of Bonnie Raitt and Dolly Parton.Newsboys are next on the lineup with a show at 7:30 p.m. on Sat., Aug. 6. Nominated for Grammy and Dove awards, Newsboys performed at Pope John Paul II’s World Youth Day and are considered a main draw at Christian music festivals. Renowned for songs of faith, encouragement, relevance, conviction and hope, the band’s popularity soared with its first gold album, “Going Public,” featuring the number one hit, “Shine.”Los Tucanes de Tijuana, to perform at 3 p.m. Sun., Aug. 7, has headlined at Mexico City’s Soccer Azteca Stadium and Festival Acapulco. The band also earned recognition as the only genuine Mexican act taking part in the Alma Awards in 2002, receiving a standing ovation for the hit “Me Gusta Vivir De Noche.”Lonestar will make an appearance at 7:30 p.m. Mon., Aug. 8. Acclaimed for infusing the understanding of everyday life that’s reflected in the backbone of country music, the band’s hits include “My Front Porch Looking In” - the most-played country song of 2003 - and “I’m Already There,” named the 2002 BMI/ASCAP Song Of The Year.Country music legend Mel Tillis, to perform at 1 p.m. Tues., Aug. 9, began performing in the ‘50s while serving as a baker in the United States Air Force. He has since been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters International Hall of Fame, named the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year and earned the Songwriter of the Decade two times from Broadcast Music, Inc.
Tillis’ show will be followed by the comedy team, Williams & Ree. Billed “The Indian and the White Guy,” the duo began playing together in a band and filled time between songs with humor that became a bigger draw than the music. Their self-proclaimed good-humored jesting has toured throughout the nation with acts including Garth Brooks, The Oak Ridge Boys and Randy Travis.Wallflowers, an alternative rock/pop band with lead singer Jakob Dylan , will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tues., Aug. 9. Influenced by Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Tom Petty and The Clash, the band is known for the number one hit, “One Headlight,” and received a three-and-a-half-star review by Rolling Stone Magazine for their first self-titled album in 1992. Styx, an American rock and roll band popular in the ‘70s and early ‘80s, was the first group to have four consecutive triple platinum albums. Slated to appear at 7:30 p.m. Wed., Aug. 10, the band broke into the mainstream with a track from their second album, “Lady,” which received substantial airplay in 1974. The song was issued as a single nationwide and shot to number six on the charts as Styx II was certified gold.Formed in the mid-1990s in Agoura Hills, Hoobastank formed in early 1994 after vocalist Doug Robb met guitarist Dan Estrin at a high-school battle of the bands competition and joined forces with bassist Markku Lappalainen and drummer Chris Hesse. Scheduled to appear at 7:30 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 11, the post-grunge quartet is said to have an ability to speak for and to the things that normal kids think and feel. Their first album went platinum with hit singles “Crawling in the Dark” and “Running Away.”The ability to combine the new with the old has been a key ingredient of success for El Coyote, to perform at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Aug. 12. Known for hits including “Fuera de la Ley,” “Perdona mis errors” and “Suspiros,” El Coyote is the winner of multiple platinum and gold records and earned first place on the Billboard charts in 2001.El Coyote will be followed with a performance by Graciela Beltran, a rising young Latina singer whose album, “Tesoro,” went double platinum with sales soaring in the United States and Mexico. Her album, “Revelación Ranchero,” was among ten released between 1989 and 1995 including Grandes y Nuevos Exitos Vol. 1. Coined by the press and fans as “La Reina del Pueblo” - Queen of the people - Graciela Beltran was also nominated for the first Latin Grammy Awards.The 130th Ventura County Fair debuts August 3 and provides a full line of up family fun and entertainment through August 14, 2005 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura. General admission tickets include all entertainment acts, and are still just $7 for adults, $4 for kids 6-12 and seniors. Kids 5 and under are free. Doors open at 10 AM on Weekends and Senior Day (Tuesday, August 9), 11 AM on Weekdays. More information on all the attractions and fun at this year’s Ventura County Fair can be found at

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