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DANVILLE – The 80th annual Boone County Fair is in full swing after opening earlier this week.

Gospel singers took to the main stage last night and were followed by the Wyatt Turner concert.

Tonight, the Boone County Fair is in for a treat when Ray Wheatley and Branded X take the stage Friday at 7 p.m. at the Boone County Fair. Wheatley and band members have played at the Boone County Fair on several occasions but this year will be extra special for the crowd and for some family members too when Lewis Cass (LC) Gartin of Newark, OH takes the stage together with his first cousin, Ray Wheatley of Chapmanville, WV.

Family members from Licking County, OH will travel four hours to join family members from Boone County, WV at the Fair in anticipation of cheering on the cousins Wheatley and Gartin. These two guys together make up an incredible sound that is uniquely their own. “There has never been a doubt in any of our families’ minds that Ray and Lewis are beyond talented when it comes to music,” Donna Lemmon of Newark, OH (another first cousin) said.

“We have been listening to Lewis and Ray play music individually for more than 30 years but now we are so excited that they are doing what they have always talked about by playing together on one stage,” Pat Wheatley of Chapmanville said (mother to Ray and aunt to Lewis).

Wheatley and Gartin have been playing music since they were each young boys but until late last year when they formed their own band, they had never played together in a professional setting.

Also on Friday night, “Phoenix Stone” a rising country singer takes the stage at 8:30 p.m. and there will be a “Living History Civil War Camp” with a working black smith shop through Saturday.

Saturday is the big day for the fair. It features a parade through the Town of Danville starting at noon; a Salsa Contest at 3 p.m.; Kids Day with games and prizes at 4 p.m.; CMS Mobile DJ Service at 6 p.m.; Dewayne Hill at 7:30 p.m.; and the main concert of the fair, Jason Michael Carroll at 9 p.m.

Carroll is an American country music artist. After being discovered at a local talent competition in 2004, Carroll was signed to the Arista Nashville label in 2006, releasing his debut album Waitin’ in the Country that year. The album featured hits songs like “Alyssa Lies” and “Livin’ Our Love Song.”

Saturday night’s festivities conclude with a fireworks display at 10:30 p.m.

The fair ends on Sunday with a “Cruise In” car and bike show.

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