Posted: Feb 26, 2013 12:02 PM by Dennis Bragg - KPAX News
MISSOULA - The Western Montana Fair will start on an energetic note this year with a Christian rock show headlined by the popular group "Jars of Clay".
Missoula County commissioners approved a contract on Tuesday to bring the top-ranked group in for the show which will kick off the fair's entertainment lineup for the opening night of the fair on Tuesday.
"Jars of Clay" is a Nashville-based band that's been touring for nearly 20-years and has been a top draw at both concerts and with album sales, winning Grammys and other awards during their career. They're well known for songs that are positive and promote faith without an obvious religious statement.
Fair Manager Steve Earle told commissioners "Jars of Clay" will headline a show with two additional acts still being negotiated and will be held in the rodeo area, giving people a chance to sit in the grandstands, or bring their own chairs to the infield. Earle says the fair board discussed bringing in a country music act but decided on the Christian rock performance based on the popularity of such acts in the past.
The fair is also negotiating to bring back the popular "dock dogs" competition this year, along with an extra day of canine diving. And Earle says he's hoping to secure a motocross exhibition for one of the evening grandstand shows.
Commissioners also approved a new contract with artist Monte Dolack to produce a new fair poster this year, the third in a series by the famous artist, as well as unveiling a new fair logo this year.
(photo courtesy www.jarsofclay.com)