Comedy and country

Montgomery Gentry Courtesy Eastern Idaho State Fair

Old Dominion Courtesy Eastern Idaho State Fair

Larry the Cable Guy Courtesy Eastern Idaho State Fair

Country music and comedy highlight the performance schedule at this summer’s Eastern Idaho State Fair in Blackfoot.

Montgomery Gentry and Old Dominion, old country music hands, will perform on Aug. 31 and Sept. 7, respectively, while comedian Larry the Cable Guy will take the stage on Sept. 6.

According to a fair news release, the Aug. 31 show was part of the celebration of Montgomery Gentry’s 20th anniversary and their new album “Here’s to You.” But band member Troy Gentry died in a helicopter crash on Sept. 8. Despite the loss, Eddie Gentry has continued to perform.

“We talked about it a long time ago. We both said, ‘If one of us goes down, we want the MG brand to keep going.’ I will continue to honor him and our friends.” The album’s title, “Here’s To You,” is both a tribute to Troy and to the band’s rabid fans,” Eddie Gentry said in the release.

Old Dominion initially formed a band to showcase the songs they had been writing for other acts. They formalized their arrangement as a band in 2007, and have since produced hits such as “Break Up With Him,” “No Such Thing As A Broken Hear,” and “Written In The Sand.” They were honored by the Academy of Country Music as Vocal Group of the Year in 2016 and 2017..

Larry the Cable Guy is a multiplatinum recording artist, Grammy nominee, Billboard award winner and one of the top comedians in the country. He won Billboard’s 2005 Comedy Artist of the year and Comedy Album of the year and he received the Billboard Top Comedy Tour Award in 2006.

Also scheduled for this year’s fair are Figure 8 and Mega Truck Madness, the Western Tractor Pull Nationals, the PRCA-sanctioned Gem State Classic Pro Rodeo (Sept. 3-4) and the the Bull Riding Championships (Sept. 1). A full fair schedule will be posted later this month.

All grandstand tickets go on sale today. They are available at www.funatthefair.com or www.facebook.com/funatthefair, at Vickers Western Stores in Idaho Falls or Pocatello, or the state fair Ticket Office in Blackfoot at 208-785-2480, ext. 7.

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