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66 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Jtme 26 - July 2, 1998 1998 Delaware State Fair themes and dates announced The state's 10-day summer clas- sic, the Delaware State Fair, will be held Thursday, July 23 - Satur- day, Aug. 1 in Harrington. This year's theme will be "Stampede on Over!" Dennis Hazzard, the fair's gen- eral manager, said the theme was chosen in part to highlight one of the central attractions that will oc- cupy the Quillen Arena during the first two evenings of the 1998 fair. "Our theme this year really cap- tures the spirit of what patrons can expect to experience at the fair. Bringing in the Great American Wild West Show to open the first two nights of the fair, and with cattle and horses on the grounds throughout fair time, it's really a good fit. That's why we're invit- ing citizens of Delaware and the Eastern Shore to stampede on over and have some fun," he said. With a greater number of attrac- tions booked through the fair- grounds than during recent years - all available to patrons at no addi- tional charge beyond the cost of admission at the gate - fair officials are anticipating a banner year. "We're very excited about the quality of all the free attractions we have booked so far. The fair will have a top-notch show to fit just about everybody's interest," Hazzard said. In addition to the Great Ameri- can Wild West Show, the fair will feature entertainment including racing pigs, walk-around enter- tainers, a children's comedy and magic show and more. The Great American Wild West Show, scheduled to perform Thursday, July 23, and Friday, Ju- ly 24, has been a favorite attrac- tion for several years at large an- nual events like the Houston Live- stock Show, the American Royal in Kansas City and the Denver Stock Show. Coming to Delaware for the first time, the 90-minute Wild West adventure will feature trick roping, riding and shooting, a cat- tle roundup, Native American dancing and a stagecoach robbery. Some of the show's characters in- clude Wyatt Earp, Buffalo Bill, and Wild Bill Murdoch. Playing the part of Calamity Jane, md performing a special trick shooting and demonstration, is the actual great-niece of the col- orful western legend. The Great American Wild West Show will perform one show nightly, begin- ning at 8 p.m., in the Quillen Are- na. Robinson's Racing Pigs ran for the finish line for several years at past fairs to grab an Oreo cookie while enthusiastic audiences cheered them on. The popular oinkers will return to the fair this year with a new twist. The pigs now perform a steeplechase as McGraw to perform at Delaware State Fair The artist who has been "every- where" the past few years will make a stop at the 79th annual Delaware State Fair on Saturday, July 25, when Bud Light presents Tim McGraw with special guest Chely Wright. The last five years have been a roller coaster for Tim McGraw. With four top-selling albums and sold-out tours, he has kept himself pretty busy. He married fellow country artist Faith Hill at the end of 1996, after touring together most of the year. In May, McGraw and Hill wel- comed their first child, Gracie Katherine, into the world. If that wasn't enough, Mc- Graw's fourth album is showing signs of becoming his biggest sell- ing album yet. It has already been certified double platinum. Mc- Graw's father is also well known around this area - Tug McGraw was a pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1970s and 1980s. McGraw's fourth album is al- ready throwing out the hits. "It's Your Love," a duet with his wife, is the most successful single of his career, so far It had the longest run at No. 1 for a country single in the '90s. The title track, "Everywhere," and two other singles from the al- bum have gone straight to the top of the charts at their re- lease. This is nothing new to McGraw. With dance hits such as "Indian Out- law" and "I Like It I Love It," he has MCGRAW stayed on top of the country music industry. However, it is the 1994 ballad, "Don't Take the Girl," that put him on the front burner. This song helped McGraw receive numerous awards that year, including Top New Male Vocalist from the Academy of Country Music. Opening for McGraw will be the hot newcomer, Chely Wright. She has already worked in Bran- son and Opryland after starting her singing career at age 11. Wright has been named Top New Female Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music. With hits like "Shut Up and Drive," she is well on her way to the top. Tickets for the concert are avail- able through the Delaware State Fair's box office by calling 398- 5020. The fair begins July 23 and runs through Aug. 1. For more in- formation, call the fair office at 398-3269. well as a sprint race. Children will find fun in Farm- yard Frolics, another new attrac- tion that has an agricultural theme, involving costumed characters with names like Missy Moo, Tom- my Turkey and Lil' Piggy. Kids can interact with the different characters at each show, which can be seen several times daily during the fair. A variety of acts will also be seen daily on the Free Entertain- ment Stage. One of the fair's most popular acts during the past sever- al years has been Dennis Lee, who will return this year with shows the last five nights of the fair. Va- riety entertainer John Bressler will bring is production-intensive show to the stage during the fair's first three nights. "We're thrilled to have these veteran entertainers during the same fair," Hazzard said. "Dennis and John have played fairs throughout the country for several years, and have become two of the most highly regarded acts of their type in America," he said. "Barn Tours" will also return to conduct free, guided, informative tours through the fair's animal barns. The fair can always be counted on to present demolition derbies, stock car racing and a variety of top name entertainers at the Wilmington Trust Grandstand. According to Hazzard, the names of the concern shows will be announced in about a month, when details are finalized. Already set is a children's show from the Nickelodeon television network. "After the great recep- tion last year to 'Nickelodeon Live! U Pick Nick,' we wanted to come back this year with another spectacular show that kids would really like," Hazzard said, "and this one fills the bill." The show will be presented on Children's Day, July 28, and will be free to school-age children. Adults will be charged a modest fee. Strate's Shows, the only car- nival in the United States to travel by rail, will return for its 28th year at the fair with several acres of rides and games. Last year, Strate's brought Top- Spin to the fair, a premium ride purchased from Oktoberfest in Germany. The ride is expected to return to the fair, along with new attractions. This year's Delaware State Fair's "Exhibitor's Handbook," containing a listing for all compet- itively judged exhibit awards and detailed entry information, will be widely available soon, Hazzard said. All public libraries and se- lected craft stores throughout Delaware, Delaware 4-H and FFA offices, and the University of Delaware Extension offices in all three Delaware counties will carry the handbook, which includes an official entry form. Fairgoers will notice some strik- ing improvements to the grounds this year, including a new aircon- ditioned building to house com- mercial exhibits and the flower and culinary departments; addi- tional parking lot lighting; a refur- bished grandstand interior; and a new swine/horse barn. Preview Night, when there is no gate ad- mission, is Thursday, July 23. The fairgrounds are located at U.S. 13, Harrington. For more in- formation, call 302-398-3269. West's Produce Route 16 1/4 Mile East of Route Minutes From Lewes 6" Rehoboth Open 9 to 6 684-3085 en All Yead LEWES FISHHOUSE & PRODUCE 1130 Highway )he 5 Points, Lewes, Delaware MONKFISH SUBS. DELl SANDWICHES SALADS. STEAKS Italian Specialty Foods "+Fresh Rolls -k DELI LUNCH SPECIALS AVAILABLE MON. - SAT. 4 227-SUBS (7827) IlL 1 Lighthouse Plaza (next to Kmart) Call between 8-10:30 a.m. for Office Lunchtime Delivery to Lewes/Rehoboth Areas. 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