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Phil Vassar to Headline Town & Country Days

August 9, 2017
Wetzel Chronicle

No summer is complete without Town & Country Days, which will celebrate its 57th year Aug. 14-19 at the Wetzel County 4-H Grounds, outside of New Martinsville.

Headlining the entertainment this year will be Phil Vassar, who will take the stage Saturday night.

Vassar is one of a handful of musicians to have multiple hits as a songwriter and artist. He has 10 Number 1s, 15 Top 10s, and 26 Top 40s. Top songs include "Just Another Day in Paradise," "Carlene," "Six Pack Summer," "American Child," "For a Little While," and "My Next Thirty Years" (Tim McGraw), "Right on the Money" (Alan Jackson), "I'm All Right" and "Bye Bye" (Jodee Messina), and many more.

American Soul is Vassar's ninth album, and he recently launched "Songs From The Cellar," a wine-infused musical conversion airing across the United States and Europe.

Vassar can be accessed at and #noPHILter

Festival-goers can also look forward to a performance by Adam Calvert. The entertainer, opening for Vassar, moved to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee at the age of 12 after growing up in Southeastern, Ohio.

Calvert became the host and singer at The Jukebox Junction Theater in Chattanooga, Tennessee at the age of 16. He then moved to Cincinnatt, Ohio to attend the School of Creatie and Performing Arts as a vocal Major. He was then featuring on MTV's "Taking The Stage" (Season 2), which was nominated for a "Teen Choice" award. He graduated from the SCPA as Vocal and Piano Major in 2011.

Calvert has been singing since the age of five at benefits, fairs, festivals, and special events. He has opened for major recording artists Martina McBride, James Otto, B.J. Thomas, Marty Stuart, as well as being the headliner for many other events.

Calvert loves acting and modeling, but being a singer and songwriter remains his passion.

Calvert was inducted into the Wheeling Jamboree in October 2015.

Calvert has a hope of helping to find a cure for cancer after watching his grandmother fight Stage 4 cancer. He wrote the song "She's The Brave One" for his grandmother.

Calvert can be accessed at

Another popular act, taking the stage, at Town & Country Days is Matt Poling. Poling will entertain at 9 p.m. on Friday.

Poling is a Reader, West Virginia native who is now a Nashville, Tennessee resident.

Poling started taking piano lessons at the age of four, through the age of 16. He then taught himself how to play guitar, which later lead to writing songs.

During college, Poling started singing in local bars and songwriting rounds.

In July 2014, Poling teamed up with Dan Fritzell to work on a four-song EP, "Shine." This was released in October 2014.

Since then, Poling has been playing songwriters rounds in Nashville, as well as shows on the road. His career continues to flourish, and he's opened for Chris Janson, David Nail, Steel Magnolia, Chase Bryant, Parmalee, Confederate Railroad, and the Davisson Brothers.

The fun-filled week of Town & Country Days will kick-off a bit early for those wishing to camp at the 4-H grounds or participate in a 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Flea Market. Campers will be admitted starting at 10 a.m.

A horse show will also be held at 10 a.m., Saturday.

Sunday is also a prep-day; additionally, a car show will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is held until 1 p.m.

A flea market will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Livestock will be accepted from 9 a.m. until noon at the barn, while arts and crafts entries will be accepted from 1-6 p.m.

The festivities really take off on Monday, Aug. 14, with several events happening in the afternoon and evening hours.

A baked goods auction will take place at 4:30 p.m. This leads up to a night for royalty, as the annual prince and princess contest follows at 5 p.m. Little Miss, Pre-Teen, Miss Teen, and Queen's Pageants will follow, beginning at 7 p.m.

Grand opening ceremonies for Town & Country Days will be held prior to the main pageantry, at 6 p.m.

Deshler Amusements will be available from 6-11 p.m., and a Demolition Derby will take place at 7:30 p.m. A drawing for prizes will follow at 9 p.m.

Tuesday will start off bright and early with breakfast available from 7-10:30 a.m.

Other Tuesday events are as follows: Barn Judging, 4 p.m.; 4-H Showmanship, 6 p.m.; Dinner by Paden City Wildcat Boosters, 5 p.m.; Fun Horse Show, To Be Announced; ATV Motor Cross, 7 p.m. (Registration 4-6 p.m.); Matt VanFossen, 8-9:30 p.m.; and Drawing for Prizes, 9 p.m.

On Wednesday, breakfast will again be held from 7-10:30 a.m.

FFA/4-H Livestock Judging will be held at 9 a.m., and dinner by Saddles & Spurs will be held at 5 p.m., followed by a Fun Horse Show at 6 p.m.

Deshler Amusements will again take place 6-11 p.m.

The "So You Think You Can Sing?" competition takes place at 6:30 p.m., with Registration at 5 p.m.

The Rough Truck Contest is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., with Registration from 5:30-7 p.m.

Drawing for Prizes will take place at 9 p.m.

Thursday is "Senior Citizens Day." Check out the article, in this paper, concerning special events for seniors on that day.

A Fun Horse Show will be held at 6 p.m., and Deshler Amusements will entertain from 6-11 p.m. on Thursday.

A FFA/4-H Club Auction will take place at 7 p.m., and musical entertainment that night will be by the Remedy Band OV, at 6:30 p.m. This will be sponsored by Doolin Security Savings Bank. Restless Road will take the stage at 8:30 p.m.

4x4 Truck Pulls will be held at the track at 7 p.m., and a drawing for prizes will be held at 9 p.m.

Breakfast will be held Friday, Aug. 18 from 7-10:30 a.m. Deshler Amusements will be held from 6-11 p.m.

Dinner by N.M. Church of God will be at 5 pm., and a Fun Horse Show will take place at 6 p.m., and Steeltown Cowboys will take the stage at 7-8:30 p.m. A rodeo will be held at 7:30 p.m., followed by a Teen Dance from 9-11 p.m. Matt Poling will take the stage at 9 p.m., as well as a drawing for prizes.

The fair wraps up Saturday, Aug. 19. Main events are the 4x4 Mud Bog at 1 p.m. Registration takes place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Pretty Baby Contest takes place at noon, with registration slated for 11 a.m.

Horse Shoe Pitching is at 1 p.m., and dinner by Relay for Life will take place at 4 p.m.

A special Carnival Matinee will be held from noon to 4 p.m., and a Fun Horse Show will take place at 6 p.m.

Adam Calvert will take the stage at 7 p.m., with Phil Vassar being the headline entertainment at 8:30 p.m.



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