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Country Pride: North Carolina hit makers Parmalee

Hood River County Fair presents “Country Pride-County Wide” July 24-27 featuring hit band Parmalee, LIVE at Hood River County Fairgrounds July 27th.

Comprised of brothers Matt and Scott Thomas (lead vocals and drums), cousin Barry Knox (bass) and their best friend Josh McSwain (lead guitar), Parmalee are the quintessential American Country band. Named after the small town where the band started, Parmele, N.C. (population 278), the chart-topping quartet pays tribute to their humble Carolina upbringings with their name and their sound.

The band’s blue-collar persistence made their 2013 breakout single, “Carolina,” into a Platinum-certified #1 hit, while their debut album landed in the Top 10. Two more singles (“Close Your Eyes” and “Already Callin’ You Mine”) rose to #3 and #10 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.

Awards nominations from the Academy of Country Music and Teen Choice Awards came rolling in, and headlining tours were launched but the hard-working virtues of their upbringing stand tall. Both singles from their sophomore album 27861, “Roots” and “Sunday Morning,” enjoyed chart time on Billboard’s Top 40 Country Airplay chart and have seen more than 30 million combined streams on Spotify.

Along with this years’ popular entertainer, Hood River County Fair promises something for everyone during fair week. Peruse local business booths for information, fun games and prizes. The kids will enjoy a live stingray fish display, magician, balloon man and face painter, and a pirate show with special times during the day. Your favorite local food vendors will also be onsite. Show your support for FFA farm animals and showings and check out scheduled horse riding events throughout the week.

With stunning views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams, Hood River Fair has expansive grounds for exhilarating carnival rides and games, animal attractions, a large variety of local food vendors, horse events and ample parking. Large buildings onsite will feature art, photography, and craft exhibit entries from locals of all ages.

The Hood River Fair daily schedule is as follows (more detailed list @ hoodriverfair.org):

July 24 / Hispanic Dancing Horses – Frank Herman Arena @ 7pm
July 25 / Horse Event: Ranch Sorting (Clinic 4p, Competition 7:30p)
July 26 / Tiranosa Del Norte Band @ 7:30pm and Banda Maguay Band @ 9:30pm
July 27 / Flexer T @ 7pm, Parmalee @ 8:15pm

Carnival ride bracelets are $20 when purchased in advance (on sale until 5pm Wed 25th), or $25 at the carnival.

Visit hoodriverfair.org and Facebook for more information. Fair books and ride bracelets can be found at selected locations listed on our website.

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