Let’s talk Ozark Empire Fair for a minute…

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In all the hubbub of activity and shows coming in the near future, one annual event has slipped through the cracks so far: The Ozark Empire Fair, home to live music and livestock odor, as well as rides, play areas and fried things on sticks. While we anxiously await the return of corn dogs and homestyle root beer, it’s the fair’s diverse show calendar we’re most intrigued by. We’ll break it down for you on the clickthrough.

The Ozark Empire Fair begins July 31 and continues through August 9, and there’s live music in some part of the facility almost every day. The mainstage is the one that draws the most attention each year, and this one should be no different. Check out this lineup, as confirmed at present by Pollstar:

July 31 – The Beach Boys. Music royalty kicks off the festivities, and though they mostly profit off their previous exploits these days they will surely command a crowd. 

August 1 – Raven-Symone. The child star turned R&B singer comes through Springfield. Who’s ready to ride the double dutch bus?

August 2 – Firehouse, Great White and L.A. Guns. An all-hair-metal extravaganza.

August 4 – The Little River Band. The band behind the classic-rock hits “Reminiscing” and “Lonesome Loser” comes to town to relive some glory.

August 6 – Montgomery Gentry. Finishing the concert series strong with a country-music duo still topping the charts–and being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry this week.

There are likely to be more show announcements in the weeks ahead, including another healthy collection of local-act performances, so keep an eye out for that. It’s likely to be a very music-packed 10 days, and this is only the tip of the iceberg.

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