Concerts at the Fair

I enjoy outdoor concerts but have not been to one since I became a mother. The kids wanted to go see Reba at the fair last year but then they decided that it wasn’t nice to go without Wyatt who was with his dad for the weekend. We don’t have concerts in the park or anything like that here. I wish we did. The closest that we come to that is Second Saturday where a music group will play by a local restaurant on the second Saturday I’d the month during the late spring and through the summer. We also have the orchestra play by the river right before the fireworks on the Fourth but it is so crowded down that my kids never want to go.


The summer before I turned 15 my best friend’s family took me to the fair with them. It was a week filled with amazing rides, fun games, and outdoor concerts. She and I were obsessed with Sawyer Brown and were so excited to get to see them perform. As soon as the gates opened it was a dusty mad dash to get the boards by the stage. We managed to wiggle our way to the front so there wasn’t anyone between us and the band. We sang along to every song and cheered for more. That week we saw several performers in much the same way. Trisha Yearwood was a fun upbeat concert where we stayed a bit back from the boards so we could dance a bit. Little Texas we were about four rows back.

While at the Sammy Kershaw concert we witnessed Mr. Kershaw do something that made an impression on our young minds. He was throwing guitar picks out to the audience during a song and a little boy who appeared to be about 4 kept trying to catch one but the adults around him were snatching them out of the air. Sammy Kershaw had a security guard bring the boy on stage. Then he signed his guitar that he had been playing on and gave it to the boy. That moment made me a Kershaw fan for life. He ran back  stage, grabbed another guitar, and finished the show.


I can’t recall the names of other bands I have seen play at outdoor venues. I plan to make it a point to take my kids to one in the near future. What is the most memorable outdoor concert you have been to?



About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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3 Responses to Concerts at the Fair

  1. jeff7salter says:

    Love that heartwarming story about Sammy Kershaw. I’ve never heard of him and have no familiarity with his music, but your anecdote just made me a fan.

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  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I’ve never heard of Sammy Kershaw either, but he sure is attuned to his audience. Good for him! Hope you and your kids can enjoy something like that soon.


  3. Don’t think I know Sammy Kershaw, but I remember Doug and his fiddle!
    Sounds like you had good times!


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