The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 13, 2012

Jeff Dunham among the headliners at the Bloomsburg Fair

BLOOMSBURG — The third time should be a charm for Jeff Dunham at the Bloomsburg Fair.

The first time he was scheduled to appear at the fair, bad weather kept him from performing.

The next time was last year when the 2011 flood hit and the fair was canceled for the first time ever.

Dunham is scheduled to appear at the fair at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28. The fair will be Sept. 22-29.

In the past decade, Dunham and his troupe of comedic sidekicks have risen from stand-up comedy clubs to become an entertainment phenomenon. He had the highest rated season premiere ever on Comedy Central with his debut TV series “The Jeff Dunham Show” and consistently packs and sells out shows. His show partners include Walter the grumpy retiree, the beer-swilling NASCAR loving redneck Bubba J, the furry and manic Peanut, spicy pepper Jose Jalapeno from south of the border and the bumbling skeletal Achmed the Dead Terrorist.

Other grandstand entertainment, with tickets required, include Double Figure 8 Race with Rollover Produced by JM Productions Inc. at 1 p.m. Sept. 22, Full Pull Productions Inc. Tractor and Truck Pulling at 7 p.m. Sept. 22, Gaither Vocal Band at 7 p.m. Sept. 23, Kenny Rogers with special guest Savannah Jack at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Rodney Atkins with special guest Kip Moore at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 and Brantley Gilbert at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26.

Other entertainers will be Billy Currington with special guest Aaron Kelly at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, lightweight horse pulling at 10 a.m. and heavyweight horse pulling at 1 p.m. Sept. 28, the Pennsylvania State Championship Demolition Derby produced by JM Productions Inc. at noon Sept. 29 and Alan Jackson at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29.

Tickets are available at, at the grandstand ticket office at the fairgrounds or by calling 570-387-4145.

Free entertainment will include Dock Dogs, Gold Rush High Dive, Tommy Guns Band, the Dazzling Mills Family, Michael Blaine, grand master concert organ, Eva Blankenhorn, the Mahoney Brothers, Scott Epperson as Barney Fife, Big Cat Encounter, Dan and Galla and drum the bucket.

Gaither Vocal Band was founded by and is led by Christian music icon Bill Gaither. The band’s worldwide tour included more than 50 tour dates across the U.S. along with appearances in Europe, South America and South Africa.

Kenny Rogers has been entertaining more than five decades and is one of the few artists who have been successful in a variety of genres including jazz, folk, rock, country and pop. In March 2011, his first inspirational gospel album became available.

He formed his first band in high school in 1956, played stand-up bass in a jazz group and later became a member of the popular folk group The New Christy Minstrels.

He and his group, “The First Edition,” scored their first hit “I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In” followed by “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town.” His No. 1 hit “Lucille” was the CMA Single of the Year and certified gold. Following other hits, “The Gambler” also became a TV movie starring Rogers in the title role.

The Savannah Jack group has opened for John Fogerty and Vince Gill. Formed in 2004, they have toured nationally and abroad, performing more than 120 shows a year. The band’s live show was recognized as one of the top 10 concerts of 2010 in the greater Pittsburgh area by the Beaver County Times writer.

Rodney Atkins has released his fourth album “Take a Back Road” and as had five No. 1 hits from his first three albums from “Watching You” and “These Are My People” to his most recent hit “Farmer’s Daughter.” Singer-songwriter Kip Moore combines his raw and rustic voice with lyrics of honesty. He has been inspired by Bruce Springsteen and Kris Kirstofferson. His debut album was “Mary was the Marrying Kind.” Brantley Gilbert released his sophomore album “Halfway to Heaven” in 2010 and follow-up to his debut national release “A Modern Day Prodigal Son.” His first single with the Valory Music Co. debuted in the top 40 at Country Radio.

Billy Currington’s new album is “Enjoy Yourself.” He has attained 10 top 10 hits with six of those reaching No. 1, has sold millions of albums and has toured with Kenny Cheney, Brad Paisley and Sugarland.

Aaron Kelly, of Sonestown, became the youngest contestant to reach the top five on “American Idol” when he was 18. He participated in a national tour and has appeared on national TV.

Alan Jackson is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in music who has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide, topped country singles’ charts 35 times and had more than 50 top 10 hits. He is a 17-time ACM award winner, a 16-time CMA award recipient and a two-time Grammy winning artist.

He has written or co-written 24 of his 35 No. 1 hit singles.


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