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LOWVILLE — Tonight, the Lewis County Fair on Bostwick Street will pack two major acts in one concert.

“This is something brand new for us,” said John W. Burr, the fair’s entertainment chairman. “We were talking about how the crowds are getting a little better each year so we wanted to take it to another level.”

The hope is that Greg Bates, known for his 2012 single “Did It for the Girl,” will appeal to the younger crowd while the Outlaws will be a blast from the past for older generations.

“We had the up-and-coming country for quite a few years ... We seem to get these young, upcoming stars and a year later they’re on national TV and their prices are tripled,” Mr. Burr said.

The Outlaws have performed on and off over the years since 1967. They released their first album in 18 years last July.

To prepare for the concert, board members opted to rent a new stage and lights from Mojoe Productions, Florida. The rental will cost $8,500, but Mr. Burr said the acts themselves were considerably more.

“They’ll be the biggest act we’ve ever had here in Lewis County. The biggest we had ... before this was Tammy Wynette,” Mr. Burr said, chuckling. “We were not prepared for that concert at all. But we’re prepared now.”

Advanced sale tickets can be purchased online at the fair website or at the Lewis County Fair office. Tickets are $20 for the grandstand and $25 for festival seating.

“If you want to bring your own lawn chairs and sit on the side, or wherever you want to sit, that’s fine,” said Mr. Burr, who has worked on the fair board for 39 years.

Also on the fair agenda for today is the second Children’s Day, with free face painting beginning at 10 a.m. and a bike drawing at the LeRoy Nichols Youth Building. A complete schedule of events is available at www.lewiscountyfair.org.

Tonight’s show is sponsored by AmeriCU Credit Union. Mr. Bates will perform at 7 p.m. with the Outlaws at 8:30 p.m. There will be an opportunity for autographs following the show.

The grandstand can accommodate 2,200 to 2,250 people. On a good year, the performances have drawn 2,000 people, although in recent years participation has dwindled into the hundreds. The board hopes the double act will double the attendance.

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