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Jones County Fair Pulls Big-Act Performers

CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/ FOX 28)-- From all over the Midwest, thousands of people crammed into Monticellos city park for a lot more than just the county-fair corn dogs.
Its all about the music for die-hard Keith Urban fans like Betty Jaeger who camped out at the Jones County fair since early Saturday morning.
 This is my 65th show, said Jaeger who drove from Chicago to hear Urban perform. Ive been following him since 1997.
Its a good show every year, said Todd Kienast, a regular at the fair. You hear people talk about it all year long.
Thats probably because of the big names the small town is able to pull every summer.
If youve seen them on TV on any of those award shows, theyve probably been here at one point, said John Farms, general manager of the Great Jones County fair and festival.
And this years A-list line-up is no different with acts like Sheryl Crow, Motley Crue and Toby Mac just to name a few.
We sold out of our reserved seats real early, Farms said.
So how does a small county fair get Grammy-award winners on their main stage? For some of those performers, Monticello is home.
 Toby Mac, the lead guitar, back up and trumpet player is a graduate from Monticello, Iowa, Farms said.
Organizers also say unlike most small towns, theyve got the equipment and space to handle the bells and whistles of a big performance.
Even the roof over the main stage is built to handle more than 120 pounds of production equipment.
There really isnt any traveling show that we cant accommodate in any way shape or form, Farms said.
A good thing for a group of Little Big Town fans who drove from Peoria, Illinois to get the full concert experience as they plan on singing along with their favorite band.
 
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