The Country Music Association’s 2012 New Artist Of The Year will be one of the featured night acts at MontanaFair in August.
Hunter Hayes is booked for the Aug. 11 show. The band Gloriana is the opener.
Hayes opened for Carrie Underwood at Rimrock Auto Arena in February, and his music includes the hits “Wanted,” “Storm Warning,” and “I Want Crazy.”
This will be Gloriana’s second appearance at MontanaFair. The band opened for Trace Adkins in 2009.
MontanaFair, set for Aug. 9-17, is themed “Pig Out,” focusing on fair food favorites including Viking on a stick, fried cheese curds, fresh-squeezed lemonade and funnel cakes.
Three concerts are planned for Rimrock Auto Arena: Academy of Country Music New Male Artist of the Year, Brantley Gilbert on Aug. 9; The Offspring and Chevelle on Aug. 10 and Hayes with Gloriana on Aug. 11. Supercross on Aug. 13 and the Yellowstone River Roundup PRORodeo on Aug. 15, 16 and 17 round out the fair’s night shows in the grandstand.
There’s plenty to see at MontanaFair, including racing pigs, dueling pianos and plenty of 4-H exhibits and handicrafts.
Savannah Jack returns for a second year at the Pond stage. Alternating at the same location will be Yesterdayze, a six-member band that reprises 1960s tunes.
New this year is the Movie Stunt Adventure, a high stunt tower offering professional stunt exhibitions and a chance for fairgoers to be a stunt star. Some in the audience will be eligible for training to allow them to try professional stunts.
Concert tickets are priced at $45 and $35 for reserved seats and $25 for general admission seating.
SuperCross tickets are $20 for reserved, $16 for general admission, $12 for kids ages 6-12 in general admission seating. Rodeo tickets are: $26 premium reserved, $23 reserved, and $16 for general admission. General admission tickets for kids ages 6-12 are $12. All arena concerts and grandstand performances begin at 7 p.m. except Supercross, which begins at 6 p.m.
Gate admission for MontanaFair is $8 for adults and $5 for kids 6-12 or people 65 and older. These can be purchased in strips of eight for $32 before the fair begins.
For information about all events at MontanaFair and how to enter competition for cash or ribbons, go to montanafair.com.