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Friday, September 14, 2018

George Canyon, Aaron Pritchett and Emerson Drive coming to the Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show (2018)

(News Release)

Simcoe, Ontario - the Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show, is thrilled to announce the second concert performance at the Grandstand for this year’s fair.

On Friday, October 5, a triple bill will headline the Canadian Country Smash Up featuring George Canyon, Aaron Pritchett and Emerson Drive on stage. Gates open at 6:30pm. For more than  a decade, Emerson Drive has been a staple in the country music community, known for being a band to crank out the hits, deliver electrifying stage shows and wow audiences all across North America.
During their evolving career, the Canadian band has scored numerous hits such as “I Should Be Sleeping,” “Fall Into Me,” “Last One Standing” and their emotional, chart-topping ballad, “Moments.”
They have racked up countless award nominations in both the U.S. country market at the ACM’s and CMA’s, as well as in Canada where they have picked up multiple trophies for Group or Duo of the Year from the CCMA (Canadian Country Music Association). But it was their 2007 hit, “Moments,” that pushed Emerson Drive over the top in country music.
To call George Canyon “accomplished” would be the understatement of the century. Throughout his career he has won multiple awards including Juno Awards, CCMA and ECMA Awards to name a few.  George has been inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame, recorded 12 albums and regularly performs all over the world.

George Canyon's latest album is titled Southside of Heaven.  George was overjoyed to once again work with producer Jeff Johnson. The pair have collaborated on twelve brand new tracks including the current single, “Better Off In Love” and featuring wonderful renditions of Stompin’ Tom Connors’ “The Hockey Song.”

Aaron Pritchett’s legacy continues to be unstoppable.  His authentic desire to connect with his fans, whether it be onstage, via his digital platforms, in person or through his music, has sustained and grown a robust and loyal fan base for well over a decade.   Pritchett has charted anthems like “Dirt Road In Em”, “Let’s Get Rowdy,” “Hold My Beer (Certified GOLD),” and also appealed to the softer side with powerful hits like “Done You Wrong,” and his recent top 5 smash - “When A Momma’s Boy Meets A Daddy’s Girl.”

Recently, Pritchett was welcomed back to the nomination circles with a Juno for Country Album of the Year, as well as multiple CCMA Award nominations, including Male Artist of the Year!  

TICKETS for The Canadian Country Smash Up featuring Aaron Pritchett, George Canyon and Emerson Drive are on sale. Thanks to our community partners including Simcoe Reformer, Scotlynn Group of Companies and KX94.7. Purchase online at norfolkcountyfair.com, by phone 519-426-7280 x 233, or in person at the fairgrounds, 172 South Drive, Simcoe – Building #5

“Party on the Track” presented by Ramblin’ Road remains a fan favourite for our Friday and Saturday Grandstand Shows.  “We are thrilled to have Norfolk County’s Ramblin’ Road Brew Farm as sponsor of Party on the Track.  Having local support and the recognition that goes with it is another step in putting our great community on the map” said Development Officer Catherine Akins. 

“We are very happy to have been offered the opportunity to partner with the Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show as a Presenting Sponsor of “Party on the Track”. I truly believe that the Fair is a showcase event for Norfolk County and as a supporter for many years, stepping up as a local small business is a real honour”, states John Picard, owner of the Ramblin’ Road Brewery Farm.

Trackside Reserved seating for the Canadian Country Smash Up is $29. General Admission (standing), on the track is only $25.  Tickets are limited!  This will be a licensed area and only available to track patrons.  Grandstand seating is free with paid admission to the Fair.   Party on the Track gates open at 6:30pm on the day of show where you can enjoy your favourite Ramblin Road beverage.  This is an all ages event.

New brands and new bands at the Harvest Beer & Wine Festival will be taking place Friday, October 5 to Monday, October 8 beginning at 1pm each day in the Rec Centre Arena. Come and discover Norfolk County’s bounty of beverages under one roof. Live musical entertainment each day with great new evening acts.  Friday – The hard rocking styles of AC/DC Canada.

On Saturday – Canadian Star Marshall Dane.  Sunday – It’s Fiddlestix with their power rock fiddles and dancers.   Monday brings the Norfolk Karaoke Championship with a $1,000 first prize to the winner of this all day event!  The Rec Centre will be licensed and open to all ages.  For more information, full schedules on upcoming events within the Rec Centre during Fair visit norfolkcountyfair.com

The Harvest Dinner Concert goes “Back to the Barn” for its 8th year. This is a separately ticketed event.  The Harvest Dinner includes a VIP package consisting of admission to the Fair, parking, drink tickets, your chance to win amazing prizes plus a wonderful presentation of local food, beverages and desserts.  Then diners will be whisked up to the Rec Centre to enjoy COLIN LINDEN with special guests JACK DeKEYZER and SUE FOLEY.  All three are Juno Award winners and seating is limited.

Tickets available at the Fair Office, online at norfolkcountyfair.com or by phone at 519-426-7280 x 233.  The Harvest Dinner is sponsored by Blue Star Ford Lincoln, Ramblin’ Road, Tri-County Insurance, Oldies 99.7, Ontario South Coast Wineries and Growers Association and Sobeys. This is a fundraising initiative for the Norfolk County Fair.

Don’t forget to buy your tickets early and save! Advance tickets for admission to the Fair can be purchased at your local Roulston’s locations in Simcoe, Port Dover and Delhi. Ride one day, all day vouchers are also available for a limited time. Don’t miss out.  All tickets are also available at the Fair office, 172 South Drive, Simcoe or online at norfolkcountyfair.com  

The Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show is celebrating 178  years, and is the fourth largest fair in Ontario and has an annual attendance in excess of 120,000 visitors. The Fair has earned a “Top 100” event designation through Festivals and Events of Ontario and is one of the top fairs in the country according to the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions. Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show is held in Simcoe, Ontario and runs October2-8, 2018.


172 South Drive, Simcoe, Ontario Canada N3Y 1G6

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