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Ashley McBryde - The Girl Going Nowhere Tour

Ashley McBryde When: Saturday, Aug 10th (5:30pm Box Office / 6:30pm Doors / 8:00pm Show)

Presented by: 99.5 WGAR

Conrads_50th_Anniversary_logos_4C_150.pngStage: The concert will be held on the Conrad’s Tire Express & Total Car Car Stage. Conrad's is celebrating 50 Years in Northeast Ohio with spectacular Giveaways of Cash, Cars & Trips.  Visit for more info.

Kurt Freeman (More info) | Lainey Wilson (More Info)

Presale GA: $25 + convenience fees (includes Fair Admission and GA Grandstand Seating)
Presale VIP: $42.50 + convenience fees (includes Fair Admission, VIP Trackside Seating, and Access to VIP Bar & Restrooms)

Click here to purchase tickets online.

Presale tickets include gate admission (regularly $8). If you purchase day of show, and tickets are still available, you would have to pay the $8 Fair Admission at the gate, then pay separately for concert tickets at the Grandstand box office.


"I hear the crowd, I look around, and I can't find one empty chair. Not bad for a girl going nowhere" sings Ashley McBryde on "Girl Goin' Nowhere," the seminal title track from debut LP. They're words built from experience: over the course of her life, McBryde's been finding her own way to fill those seats and sway those hearts since the very first time her teacher told her that her dreams of writing songs in Nashville would never see the light of day. Every time she was brought down, she persevered; trusting her timeless tone and keen, unwavering eye for the truth. It paid off. In 2017, Eric Church brought her on stage and called her a "whiskey-drinking badass," confessing that he's a massive fan. The rest of the world is quickly catching on, too.

Dubbed as one of Rolling Stone’s “Artists You Need To Know," citing she's "an Arkansas red-clay badass, with the swagger of Hank Jr. and the songwriting of Miranda Lambert," McBryde fearlessly lays it all on the line, and it's that honest all-in approach that has led to NPR critic Ann Powers to ask if McBryde could be "among the first post-Stapleton country stars?" McBryde's album will showcase an artistic vision that will prove her to be one of the genre's keenest working storytellers, bringing unwavering honesty back into a pop-preoccupied genre. Pulling tales from every corner of her human experience, McBryde sings with fire and fury, laughing and swigging that brown stuff along the way.

McBryde was raised in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas. At three, she'd secretly pluck her father's guitar like an upright bass, and after about the 17th time being caught, her father bought her a guitar of her own. When she was twelve, she played her parents and grandparents her very first composition. It was at Arkansas State when, while a member of the marching band, McBryde finally started sharing her voice with others, and finally moved to Nashville in 2007 where steadily worked a circuit of dive bars, biker hangouts, and colorful joints fighting to have her songs heard.

Her first EP, the self-released 2016 Jalopies and Expensive Guitars was just a taste of what McBryde can do, and, on her full-length debut, she melds her songwriting chops with the vision of producer Jay Joyce, peppering her tales with a touch of guitar-driven rock fury. McBryde isn’t afraid to tell the truth, get raw and real and use the spirits of country, folk and rock when it serves her greater purpose. And that's to tell the stories that shake us, make us and tell us a little more about what it's like to be human.


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Lainey Wilson

Lainey Wilson When: Saturday, Aug 10th (Opening for Ashley McBryde)

Lainey Wilson’s music is by equal measures richly textured and forthright – much like her honeyed Louisiana drawl. Signed to BBR Music Group’s flagship imprint, Broken Bow Records, Wilson has spent years honing her song craft and developing her own “bell bottom country” sound, which is unapologetic, gritty, free-spirited, and exemplary of both her personality and her preferred fashion aesthetic.

Her songs and live performances are anchored in straightforward, raw emotion that doesn’t beat around the bush about who Lainey Wilson is - either as a person or an artist. NPR’s Jewly Hight calls Wilson “unabashedly down-home and unflappably worldly,” noting that “with a pronounced drawl and sweetened sting, [she sings] of willful recklessness, wielding the power of damaging secrets and feeling empowered by allowing herself outbursts of irreverence.” It’s these sensibilities that continue to draw listeners to Wilson’s music and led CMT to proclaim her one of their “Next Women of Country” for 2019. She’s a blue-collar daughter filled with ambition, humility, and perseverance; the value of an honest day’s work having been ingrained in her from the moment she could walk.

Hailing from the rural farming community of Baskin, Louisiana (pop. 300), where her family has tilled the land for five generations, Wilson cultivated her tenacious work ethic just as her family cultivated corn, wheat, soybeans, oats, and more. She learned that daily chores on the farm were a family affair, and every member had to do their part.

Music was also a family affair. Wilson’s father played guitar, her mother loved to dance, and her grandparents often took her to bluegrass festivals. She wrote her first song at age nine, and her dad taught her how to play guitar at age 11. Wilson’s love for writing and performing continued to grow as she booked herself gigs throughout high school, even working for a stint as a Hannah Montana impersonator performing at children’s birthday parties and events – with Lainey Wilson the artist opening for Montana, of course.

It wasn’t long until Wilson moved to Nashville to pursue her dream of making music, with little more to her name than that dream and a Flagstaff bumper-pull travel trailer. She lived in that camper outside of a longtime family friend’s recording studio for three years. It was during this time that Wilson began to make inroads with Nashville’s tight-knit songwriting community, forging invaluable creative relationships with other up-and-coming songwriters in town and steadily developing her own voice as both a writer and an artist.

“My songs are a part of who I am. As my artistry has grown, it’s just kind of taught me not to be ashamed of who I am. To love everything about my life – even the harder parts - because all those things make me who I am. And that’s true for everybody,” she says. “We never want to go through the hard times, but I’m thankful for the ones I’ve had. I’ve gotten the songs I have from those experiences, and I’ve found that the more vulnerable I am and the more truthful I am, whether it is funny or sad or whatever -- the more I am myself, the more people will honestly connect with me and my music.”

Wilson’s determined openness and salt-of-the-earth upbringing has prepared her well for the year ahead. She is starting 2019 with a supporting slot on chart-topping artist Morgan Wallen’s If I Know Me Tour before going in-studio to record her first project for Broken Bow Records. The year ahead may be full of early mornings, late nights, and many more firsts for the charismatic singer/songwriter, but Wilson remains undaunted – energized, even - by the long
days ahead of her.

“Where I come from, there are years when you get a plentiful crop. Then there are years when you get too much rain, or not enough. Either way, you still have to get up every morning at the crack of dawn to take care of your crops. It’s the same with music,” she says. “We get up every single day and we work toward that good crop, no matter how hard. And we do what it takes, because it’s in our blood, and we don’t know any other way.”

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2019 Demolition Derby

2019 Cuyahoga County Fair Demolition Derby When: Prelims: Sun @ 3PM; Finals: Sun @ 7PM (Box Office Opens at Noon)


  • Click Here to download the Mail In Entry Form for the Demolition Derby, Tuff Trucks & Power Wheels Derby
  • Entries may also be submitted online at JM Productions





 When: Sun, Aug 11th at 3:00PM (Box Office Opens at Noon)
Tickets: $8 + convenience fees (Ticket price does NOT include regular Fair Gate admission of $8, which must be paid separately)





 When: Sun, Aug 11th at 7:00PM (Box Office Opens at Noon)
Tickets: $10 + convenience fees (Ticket price does NOT include regular Fair Gate admission of $8, which must be paid separately)


The Demolition DerbySo you made it this far. The blue book estimate on your vehicle may seem generous, and the trunk space may be limited, but the little car that could is still running. If you've survived the gauntlet of preliminary round destruction, and come out the other side, engine humming and wheels still turning, you now have a chance at the Championship! We are talking about a $1,000 cash prize and trophy! It’s a big trophy too. Go for the win!



Tuff Trucks & Power Wheels Demo Derby

Tuff Trucks When: Thursday @ 8PM (Box Office Opens at 6pm)

Tickets: $8 + convenience fees (Ticket price does NOT include regular Fair Gate admission of $7, which must be paid separately. If purchasing Tuff Trucks tickets on site, the Grandstand Box Office will open two hours prior to the event at 6pm.)





In this competition stock and modified pro trucks will race in a series of events, including an obstacle course, mud bog, and free style.




Power Wheels Derby_0.jpgAnd you thought bumper cars were fun?  Hey Mom & Dad... CHARGE THOSE BATTERIES!  Kids ages 4-9 can get their first derby experience in their 6/12 volt power wheels. All participants receive a trophy and both the child and one parent gain free admittance to the fair with their entry. A pretty good deal, and a great chance for your kids to show off their skills behind the wheel!


Draft Horse Pull

Draft Horse Pull When: Wednesday - 7:30pm

Some horses just don't pull their weight, but these ones do.  You never hear anyone say a draft horse is strong as an ox for one good reason.. because they're stronger.  So come on out and watch these magnificent animlas show what they can do.



When: Wed, Fri, & Sat Aug 7th, 9th, & 10th 2019

The Cuyahoga County Fair will be holding fireworks spectaculars Wed, Aug 7, Friday, Aug 9th, & Sat, Aug 10th 2019, so be sure to bring the kids out to catch one of the shows!  The Wed shows should start around 10:15pm, while the Fri and Sat shows are expected to begin at around 10:30pm. Times are approximate, so get there a little early to make sure you don't miss anything.


Frank Amato's Cleveland All Stars

Frank Amato's Cleveland All Stars When: Friday, Aug 9th (6:00pm Box Office / 7:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Show)

Openers: Sage (7:10pm | Info); Tricia & Art (7:30pm | Info)

Presale GA: $20.00 + convenience fees (includes Fair Admission and GA Grandstand Seating)
Presale VIP: $25.00 + convenience fees (includes Fair Admission, VIP Trackside Seating, and Access to VIP Bar & Restrooms)

Click here to purchase tickets online.

Presale tickets include gate admission (regularly $8). If you purchase day of show, and tickets are still available, you would have to pay the $8 Fair Admission at the gate, then pay separately for concert tickets at the Grandstand box office.

Frank Amato, lead singer of the rock band Beau Coup, has enlisted many of his area Rock and Roll Brothers and Sisters to join him in: “A Tribute to Cleveland Music" with some of the Cleveland Musicians who actually helped make that music famous. The show provides musical insight into why the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame is in Cleveland, Ohio! Fireworks will follow the concert.

Here are the Cleveland All Stars:

  • Neil Zaza – Guitar Virtuoso with Zaza & The Neil Zaza Band
  • Steve Jochum – Wild Horses, Big Zipper, and writer/composer of “Funky Poodle”
  • Debi Lewin – The Divas and singer with Wish You Were Here
  • Michael Tyler – Kinsman Dazz, Unglued
  • Jimmy Clark – Beau Coup, The Godz, Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, Patty Smyth
  • Paul Christensen – Michael Stanley & The Resonators, Midlife Chryslers
  • Ray Liptak – Zaza, The Neil Zaza Band
  • Theresa Rose – Caliber, The Neil Zaza Band
  • Dennis Lewin – Beau Coup, Jonah Koslin and the Heroes, and host of “Turning You On to Classical Music” on WHK Radio
  • Bill March – Beau Coup, Jonah Koslin and the Heroes
  • Don Krueger – Beau Coup, Eric Carmen Band, The Euclid Beach Band, Jonah Koslin and the Heroes


Some of the music that will be heard are from bands like The Choir, The Raspberries, Sonny Geraci and the Outsiders, The James Gang, Joe Walsh, American Noise, Wild Horses, The Dead boys, Marc Cohn, Michael Stanley, Jonah Koslin, The Cars, Pretenders, Tracy Chapman, Pat Benatar, John Waite, Neil Zaza, NIN and of course, Cleveland's own, Beau Coup!

Expect some surprises!!! Come take a walk down Cleveland Musical Memory Lane!



Harness Racing

When: Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 at 4:00PM

Details: Pari-mutuel wagering

More Info: Click here


Come on out for Harness Racing at the Cuyahoga County Fair on Tuesday, August 6th, 2019.  Pick a pony, then pony up for some parimutuel wagering. There will be several races, a stable full of amazing horses, and even a limited number of stick pony races for the kids.  So long as the track is safe for racing, this is a rain or shine event!

And if you're attending the Cuyahoga County Harness Races on Tuesday, August 6th, be sure to visit with MGM Northfield Park's Bob Roberts from 3:30PM-4:30PM at the Grandstand for Handicapping 101, in which Bob will offer insights on how to read a race program, while providing pari-mutuel wagering tips.

Betologist Bob RobertsBob Roberts is a native Clevelander who grew up in Willowick. He knew he wanted to be a sportswriter when his father took him to an Indians game and he asked who those guys were typing on a countertop behind home plate in the upper deck of old Municipal Stadium.

"They're sportswriters," said his dad. "That's their job." 

Roberts began his career at the Mentor Morning Monitor before heading over to The Willoughby/Lake County News-Herald where he was named sports editor in 1970 at the age of 22. Roberts was hired by The Cleveland Press in 1973 and returned to The News-Herald when the Press folded in 1982. The Cleveland Plain Dealer hired Bob in 1985 and he remained there for over 20 years before accepting a buyout in 2006. 

Roberts has won numerous awards. They include best harness story in North America, best Preakness story, a Golden Quill for feature writing in western Pennsylvania, and more than 10 state-wide writing awards in Ohio.