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North Texas Fair and Rodeo offers something for everyone

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It’s North Texas Fair & Rodeo time again. Since 1928, Denton has been at the center of a tradition that continues to build each year – drawing more than 150,000 people to nine days filled with live music, bucking bulls and cowboys, mutton bustin’ youngsters, food, arts, crafts and entertainment for the whole family. Visitors from Montague, Cooke, Parker, Collin, Dallas, Tarrant and Denton counties schedule the North Texas Fair & Rodeo into their busy lives to compete, judge and visit the fair each year. In addition, volunteers from many other states and Europe also plan their vacations in August to come to the fair. Each year, visitors can expect both the traditional venues as well as new and unique entertainment such as CoServ’s Marvelous Mutts and the TNT Dunk Squad – both coming to this region for the first time. “We try to make it a bigger, better show each year,” said Mark Foster, who owns Foster’s Western Wear and has served on the North Texas State Fair Association board of directors for more than 20 years. Young and old can watch BaBa-Lu, Little Squirt, Wee-La and other rescue pups perform leaps, flips and agility tests, demonstrating how a little training and a lot of love can help a shelter dog shine.

Kara Gilmore and her team will have the dogs leaping high in the air to catch Frisbees, jumping far off of a dock to nab a toy before plunging into a pool of water and weaving with speed through an agility test. Keith Cousino will be among four performers with the TNT Dunk Squad who will perform leaps and flips using a combination of trampolines, years of gymnastics and a lot of practice, not to mention basketballs and hoops. The acrobatic slam dunk team, which has been performing around the world for almost two decades, will perform a 20-

minute show. Returning attractions in the Peterbilt Kid Zone for families include the petting zoo, pony rides, pedal tractor pulls, bubble runners, bounce houses, rock wall climbing and a trackless train — to name a few. And don’t forget for ever-popular Talley Amusement Carnival with rides and games sure to please everyone. This year’s live music line-up features award-winning Tracy Lawrence, known for such hits as “Lie” and “Find Out Who Your Friends Are,” will be performing singles from his latest

album, Headlights Tailights and Radios released in August 2013. Other top performers range from Kevin Fowler and the Randy Rogers Band to the returning favorite Josh Abbott Band, the more soulful Uncle Lucius and Banda Yurirense with its lively Latino beat. In fact, audiences will be among the first to hear the Josh Abbott Band perform a new single live after releasing “Hanging Around” on Aug. 5. Indoor and outdoor vendors offer food, crafts, art and other merchandise as the carnival

beckons in the background. Blue, red and white ribbons adorn top entries in the arts and crafts judging competitions as well as the photography and youth arts contest. Don’t forget to look for the coveted grand and reserve grand champion rosettes. But before people pass through the gates for the 86th annual North Texas Fair and rodeo slated for Aug. 15-23, a lot of planning and preparation behind the scenes has been ongoing since the day after last year’s event. More than 300 volunteers work seamlessly behind the scenes to make the fair continue like clockwork, officials say. Richard Hayes, a local attorney with Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP, has served on the board for the past eight years, seeing the annual event from the inside out. “It’s a full-year job, getting ready for the fair,” he said. “Volunteers turn on the lights at night and they clean up the rodeo grounds every day.” Volunteers man the front gates, assist visitors needing direction, and work with the judges and the competitors to make sure everyone is where they are supposed to be and on time. “They’re the heart and soul of the North Texas Fair and Rodeo,” said Nanci Kimmey, executive assistant for the North Texas State Fair Association.


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Glenn Carlton works hard to ensure a successful event Glenn Carlton has been doing what cowboys do for as long as he can remember. Like North Texas Fair & Rodeo’s theme, “It’s What Cowboys Do,” Carlton – executive director of the North Texas State Fair Association overseeing the fairgrounds as well as the annual event – has been a cowboy his entire life. He fondly remembers spending summers as a youngster on his grandfather’s Oklahoma cattle ranch. In his teens, Carlton first entered the rodeo arena as a competitor, riding bucking bulls before opting at age 21 to raise cattle – a tradition that has been part of his family for three generations. Carlton also learned about the rodeo stock business working with Buddy Prinz. Carlton took the family tradition in a new direction, opting to breed and raise bulls for rodeo stock. “When Bob Tallman started the Rodeo Stock Registry, I knew the breeding deal would become legit,” he said. “That’s when we started raising bulls. “The first year, I borrowed a Bodacious son from Sammy Andrews and put him on commercial rows. Eventually we reduced the number of commercial cattle until we were out of the commercial cattle business completely.” Since then, Carlton has enjoyed regional and national success with several of his prized stock, such as Achy Breaky, Copenhagen Vegas, Copenhagen Zandy and Erks Me – who went to NFR (National Finals Rodeo) – and Hooked in Vegas – who was ridden by Kody Lostroh for 86.5 points in a PBR (Professional Bull Riders) event Born in Eugene, Ore., Carlton came to Texas in 1983 as a bull rider and stayed, raising two sons – Chance and Colt – with his wife, Karen, whom he married in 1984. He started volunteering with the North Texas Fair & Rodeo in 1985, later serving on the board of directors where he was vice president before the opportunity arose to become executive director in 2005. Carlton is dedicated to doing everything he can to make the North Texas Fair & Rodeo the

best it can be, board members, volunteers and his staff say. Preferring to start each year with a bang, one year the event’s first Saturday was awash with rain, sending Carlton to the computer to update his resume at 2 a.m. the morning after the opening weekend. But by the end of the fair, his hard work and nice weather resulted in recordbreaking attendance and revenues – something he has achieved each of the years since he took the reins. His resume, by the way, has remained untouched ever since. His dedication to excellence earned him top professional of the year for 2014 with the Texas Association of Fairs and Events

– a much coveted award. The North Texas Fair & Rodeo also earned best overall in the state of Texas in 2014 and also has earned numerous awards during the last nine years, particularly in marketing – garnering first place and best overall event in the State of Texas for several years. In 2011, the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo received an historical marker – the first of its kind for an event in the state of Texas – another award of which Carlton is quite proud. He has built the North Texas Fair & Rodeo foundation, adding sponsors and new shows, more music and packing every inch of the fairgrounds with

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The music line-up at the 86th annual North Texas Fair & Rodeo is like none other in the region. Top names from the returning Josh Abbott band, who will be debuting a new single, to the ever-popular Randy Rogers Band, not to mention the renowned Tracy Lawrence, who continues to top the charts after more than 20 years. But just as important as the top names in country music are the names known in Denton of songwriters who have made their own unique marks in music. From Brian Houser to Dusty Smirl to Kody West and Ryan Ready, the town’s reputation in the music industry continues to be evident across all genres. The concerts all cost the same — the $15 entry fee to gain access for the day to everything from rodeos to music to fun zones for all ages and more. The following is this year’s music line from start to finish beginning Aug. 15 through Aug. 23. Friday, Aug. 15 6-7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on the Bud Light Stage — Jason Eady Performing since age 14, Jason Eady is known for his songwriting prowess and original tunes, particularly “Daylight and Dark,” a song that reflects how life is – a bit of the dark, and a bit of the daylight. The Mississippi native … 9:30-11 p.m. on the Budweiser Stage — Randy Rogers Band For the past 12 years, the Randy Rogers Band has come a long way from playing in San Marcos with its first album, “Live At Cheatham Street Warehouse.” Randy Rogers has loved music since his childhood in Cleburne when he first learned how to play the piano. The singer songwriter and his band have climbed the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with singles from Rollercoaster in 2004. Today, they have four studio albums, two live albums and have seven Billboard singles. Comprised of Randy Rogers, Geoffrey Hill on guitar, Jon Richardson on bass guitar, Brady Black on fiddle and Les Lawless on drums, the band is excit-

ed about performing in Denton. Saturday, Aug. 16 6 -7:30 p.m. on the Bud Light Stage — Dusty Smirl This Denton native takes the stage with heartfelt lyrics and a soulful voice that will make you stop and listen. After two years of opening for a number of artists, Dusty Smirl is front and center of this show, ready to showcase his guitar riffs and smooth melodies in his unique version of Texas Red Dirt music. 6-7:30 p.m. on the Bud Light State — Kody West Another Denton native takes the stage with his solo acoustic style playing a mix of bluegrass and folk. This 18-year-old has deep roots in Red Dirt and Texas country which is evident in his music. 6-7:30 p.m. on the Bud Light Stage — Ryan Ready This Pilot Point native, whose day job is at one of Denton’s main manufacturers, will take the stage to showcase in music talents – singing, playing guitar and writing songs. His musical icons run the gamut from Stoney LaRue to Cody Canada to Merle Haggard to Waylon Jennings. 9:30-11 p.m. on the Budweiser Stage — Kevin Fowler A native of Amarillo, Kevin Fowler has been on the fast track in country music, making his first Top 40 hit on the country music charts with “Pound Sign” in 2010. In 2011, he released the single “Girl in a Truck,” which hit number one on the Texas Music Chart. “Here’s to Me and You,” another single from his sixth album, Chippin’ Away, stayed number one for three weeks in a row on the Texas Music Chart. Last September, he released “How Country Are Ya?” from his seventh studio album. In January, “Love Song” was released with the album following in March. Kevin also can be seen in TV commercials including one for the Benny Boyd Auto Group, another for Rodeo Austin and a third for the Texas Department of Transportation. 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on the Bud Light Stage — Will Hoge A survivor willing to suffer

for his craft against all odds is now finding the sweet success of hard work, receiving his first No. 1 single for Eli Young Band’s “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” a song he co-wrote with Eric Paslay. The song netted him a Grammy Award nomination for Best Country Song along with a County Music Association award and Academy of Country Music nomination. He penned “Better Off Now (That You’re Gone), recorded by Lady Antebellum. And “Strong,” another Hoge song, was adopted by Chevy for its national ad campaign for the Chevy Silverado. Sunday, Aug. 17 6 -7:30 p.m. on the Bud Light Stage — Los Cadetes de Horacio Mata With 45 years in the music industry, Horacio Mata pays tribute to the corridos and boleros that are a fundamental part of Mexico’s music history. The group has toured throughout the U.S. and Mexico sharing the corridos and ballads like “La Renta,” “Palomito,” and other favorites. 9:30-11 p.m. on the Budweiser State — Banda Yurirense Banda Yurirense started in 1985 in Guanajuato Yurira where members decided to name the band after their town. Under the leadership of Jorge Lopez, the band has attained widespread recognition for such songs as “Los Castigados,” “Como Ayer,” “Tomemta del Desierto,” “El Yurirense,” and Rumbo a la Canada,” “No Hay Impossible,” “De liegal me Cruce,” — to name but a few of their varied repertoire. With more than 20 albums to date, the band has traveled throughout Mexico and the U.S. Monday, Aug. 18 6 -7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on the Bud Light Stage — Acoustic set with Brian Houser This Denton native takes pride in the common man theme of his musicality, working the lyrics of his songs to showcase the working man’s life — a life he shares by being one of those working men himself. Houser released his first CD, “Never Look Back,” in 1998, receiving critical acclaim and a

loyal following among Dentonites familiar with the songs reflecting on a failed marriage. His second CD, “Son of a Common Man,” pays tribute to his father. It too garnered strong reviews for his notable lyrics. A third CD, “Simple Lives,” celebrates everyday life — continuing his theme and desire to take country music back to its roots. 6-7:30 p.m. on the Bud Light Stage — Acoustic set with Jolie Holliday Since age 5, this Dallas native has been belting out tunes for friends and family. She began performing on stage in her teens. Her debut CD, “A Real Good Day,” earned the young singer a number of awards including Young Talent of the Year at the German County Music Awards, Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year at the County Music Association’s Indie Awards and top billing on the European charts. “Lucky Enough,” a follow-up CD, includes country ballads combined with up-beat tunes. “I’m Coming Home to You,” made the top 20 on the Texas Music Charts. The most recent CD, “Somebody Who Can,” is gaining recognition quickly with the single release of “Waffle House.” 9:30-11 p.m. on the Budweiser Stage — Jamie Richards This Shawnee, Okla., native enjoys performing and is at home on the stage, whether on a sawdust dance floor or before the large crowds at the North Texas Fair & Rodeo. His first single, “Don’t Try to Find Me” in 2002, launched a career that continues to climb with his latest hit, “Never Gonna Hear It From Me” in 2012. His first album, “No Regrets,” produced four singles in the top 20 on the Texas Music Chart and he continues to make the Texas Music Chart with singles from his other three albums including “Drive,” “Last Call,” “All Time High” and “I Can Party When I Need To.” He also has penned popular songs for other top stars including “Loose, Loud and Crazy” for Kevin Fowler and “That’s What You Get For Loving Me,” performed by Hal Ketchum. Tuesday, Aug. 19 6 -7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. to

12:30 a.m. on the Bud Light Stage — Mike Ryan Coming from a family of music, Mike Ryan has taken the lessons learned from his grandfather, father and uncle and turned them into a budding career that since his first fulllength album in 2012, continues to soar. About the release his third album, “Bad Reputation,” Ryan has seen success with “The First One” and “Night Comes Falling,” with four radio singles landing in the top 25. Writing and co-writing the songs on his albums comes naturally and is evident in the lyrics as well as his smooth stage presentation. 9:30-11 p.m. on the Budweiser Stage — Uncle Lucius This Austin-based band will bring its own unique combination of rock and roll, rhythm and blues and country to the North Texas Fair & Rodeo, infusing a bit of the avant-garde sounds Denton is known for producing. Songs from their 2009 album, “Pick Your Head Up,” have been featured in such TV shows asCastle and Friday Night Lights. The latest studio album, “And You Are Me,” was released in August 2012, showcasing their Americana Roots Rock. All four band members grew up in Texas, each finding their way to Austin in an attempt to pursue their craft fulltime. The band includes Kevin Galloway on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Hal Vorpahl on bass, Mike Carpenter on lead guitar and vocals, and Josh Greco on drums and percussion. Wednesday, Aug. 20 6 -7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on the Bud Light Stage — Spivey Crossing This Texas band has been making the rounds this summer, performing across the state from Hillsboro to Hamilton. The description of their music is short, sweet and definitely interesting: Add some Fleetwood Mac, a little Bonnie Raitt, some Mellencamp and the spirit of Van Zandt … cram it all into a blender and hit puree. A few of their songs include: “This Old Road,” “Leaves On the Water,” “Guadalupe,” “Somewhere Between Here and See MUSIC on 7


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Music Austin,” and “Yesterday.” Definitely sounds like they’re from Texas. 9:30-11 p.m. on the Budweiser Stage — Cody Johnson From the East Texas town of Sebastopal, Cody Johnson combines the music education he learned at home from his father and the encouragement he received from a science teacher in high school into a unique blend of country and rock. Crowds are what drives him as he enjoys the interaction and energy, providing the audience with a bit of rowdiness and fun. With his “Six Strings, One Dream” album, Cody Johnson became known to music fans for “Nobody to Blame,” “Pray for Rain” and “Texas Kind of Way” — each ranking among the top 10 on the Texas Music Charts. He first sold his acoustic CDs from the back of his truck while bull-riding for three years. Thursday, Aug. 21 6 -7:30 p.m. on the Bud Light Stage — Austin Allsup His first record, “Intensity,” started Austin Allsup on his current path, building his fan base one show at a time. Just finishing up his newest record, “Cryin’ Out Loud,” Allsup continues the trajectory his career has spanned, performing on state with such artists as John Mellencamp, LeeAnn Womack, Blake Shelton, Randy Rogers and many others. 6 -7:30 p.m. on the Bud Light Stage — Joey Green With a new single, “Make Sure It Breaks,” on iTunes, Joey Green has been making a name for himself in North Texas, playing with such acts as the Eli Young Band, Kevin Fowler and Randy Rogers. Green began his music career at the age of 17, performing in the Fort Worth area and has since released six albums. 6 -7:30 p.m. on the Bud Light Stage — Mike McClure Originally from Tecumseh, Okla., Mike McClure started his career in Stillwater, playing with other Red Dirt artists such as Scott Evans and Tom Skinner, whom he would later recruit into the Mike McClure Band. He

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was a founding member of the band, The Great Divide, which produced six studio albums and a live two-part album before he left them in 2002. Since then, he has formed the Mike McClure Band, which released “Everything Upside Down,” in 2004. The band has since released seven more albums. 9:30-11 p.m. on the Budweiser Stage — Josh Abbott Band Just mere weeks before their appearance in Denton, the Josh Abbott Band is releasing “Hanging Around,” which makes this show one of the first to feature the new music. A popular band returning to the North Texas Fair & Rodeo each of the last few years, the Josh Abbott Band is well known for such songs as “Touch,” “Oh, Tonight” and “She’s Like Texas” and has been on a serious upward streak. The band’s lyrics and instrumental accompaniment have created sounds that keep listeners coming back — again and again. 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on the Bud Light Stage — Zane Williams From “Pablo and Maria” to “99 Bottles,” Zane Williams’ sound runs the gamut of soulful melodies to Friday night, honkytonk fun. Shortly after college, Williams headed to Nashville, cranking out songs including Jason Michael Carroll’s 2010 top 15 hit, “Hurry Home.” But only eeking out a living, he enrolled in a real estate seminar where he heard a phrase that stuck about finding work that aligned with your passion. It didn’t take long from him to pack up and head back to Texas where he has penned songs and received lots of airplay including “Ride With Me,” which hit the Texas Music Chart. Friday, Aug. 22 9:30-11 p.m. on the Budweiser Stage — Aaron Watson Born in Amarillo, Aaron Watson picked up guitar while attending Abilene Christian University and hasn’t put it back down. Since strumming those strings, he has released many successful albums from his first, “A Texas Café” to “Shutupanddance,” to “The Honky Tonk Kid.” His eighth album, “Angels & Outlaws,” reached no. 4 on the U.S. Billboard Heatseekers chart while the album’s debut single, “Hearts Are Breaking Across

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Texas,” topped the Texas Music Chart. He also released a collection of gospel songs in the album, “Barbed Wire Halo.” 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on the Bud Light Stage — JB and the Moonshine Band JB Patterson decided in 2009 to pursue his dream of being a songwriter, giving up his day job and issuing a call for musicians in his hometown of Tyler, Texas. Three musicians showed up and the four became JB and the Moonshine Band. Since then, JB has written several songs that made it to the top of the Billboard Texas music charts and the band has released two albums, “Ain’t Goin’Back to Jail” and “Beer for Breakfast.” Saturday, Aug. 23 6 -7:30 p.m. on the Bud Light Stage — Dusty Smirl This Denton native takes the stage with heartfelt lyrics and a soulful voice that will make you stop and listen. After two years of opening for a number of artists, Dusty Smirl is front and center of this show, ready to

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showcase his guitar riffs and smooth melodies in his unique version of Texas Red Dirt music. 6-7:30 p.m. on the Bud Light State — Kody West Another Denton native takes the stage with his solo acoustic style playing a mix of bluegrass and folk. This 18-year-old has deep roots in Red Dirt and Texas country which is evident in his music. 6-7:30 p.m. on the Bud Light Stage — Ryan Ready This Pilot Point native, whose day job is at one of Denton’s main manufacturers, will take the stage to showcase in music talents – singing, playing guitar and writing songs. His musical icons run the gamut from Stoney LaRue to Cody Canada to Merle Haggard to Waylon 9:30-11 p.m. on the Budweiser Stage — Tracy Lawrence The hits just keep coming from his latest album, Headlights, Taillights and Radios – a labor of love for country and

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western phenom Tracy Lawrence. The album reflects the singer’s desire to challenge himself, trying a more edgy and progressive sound. The latest album includes “Lie,” “Footprints on the Moon,” “Where I Used to Live,” “Black Top” and “The Other Side of 35” — to name a few of the 11-song collection. In a career spanning more than two decades, Tracy Lawrence has sold over 13 million albums, seen 22 of his songs on the Billboard top ten charts and garnered 18 number one singles. 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on the Bud Light Stage — Sam Riggs and the Night People After moving from Florida to Austin, Sam Riggs used his roots as a commercial songwriter to build from the ground up his own sound, debuting “Outrun the Sun” in 2013 with Nashvillebased Vision Entertainment. Riggs brings an energy to his performances, doing everything from vocals and guitar to banjo, fiddle and even drums as he plays musical chairs onstage.

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Returning from his 12th rodeo so far this year, Riley Webb is now practicing for the North Texas Fair & Rodeo where he will perform in the 21 & Under Rodeo competition for the third time, show some of his trick roping skills and serve as the clown during the mutton bustin’ rounds. In short, he’ll be very busy Aug. 15-23 during the nine-day annual event in Denton. Just now 11 after celebrating his birthday Aug. 4, Riley is already a veteran in the arena. His father, Dirk Webb, recalls bringing his young son to the rodeo shortly after his birth when he was just a week old. “He’s been around it his whole life,” his father said. The family, who splits their time between Denton and Aubrey where his wife’s family has property, has produced sheep and calves for the North Texas Fair & Rodeo for a number of years. The younger cowboys, many who ride the sheep during the mutton bustin’ competition, now look to Riley for keeping them safe inside the arena and being a role model outside. “I tell him, ‘They look up to you,’” his dad said. In recent months, Riley has traveled to Ardmore and Shawnee in Oklahoma and Decatur and Alvarado in Texas — to name a few. He performs in tie down and breakaway competitions as well as barrel racing, among others. But his favorite thing to do is roping. Whether it is a calf in a rodeo arena or the dummy his family keeps in the living room, Riley practices daily. He also has mastered the skill of trick roping and has taken his skill on the road, even to Las Vegas where he performed as an opening act for the national finals. “It takes a lot of practice to get good,” Riley said. “You have to keep your elbow up.” He reminded himself of just that after a recent rodeo where he roped the calf partially, not where he wanted the rope to go. “I know what to do next time,” he said. Another tip, at least in roping cattle, is to get in rhythm with the horse and time the swing

just right, he explained. He’ll be practicing for hours every day until the North Texas Fair and Rodeo. And He’ll be riding the aptly named Captain Jack, a one-eyed quarter horse he is borrowing after his own horse suffered a recent injury. And he’ll be spending a lot of time at the North Texas Fairgrounds, helping where needed. It’s what he wants to do now, his dad says, and what he plans to do as an adult. His parents support his dream — a dream that stems from the good memories he has accumulated over the years. “I love being with my rodeo family,” Riley said. The 86th annual North Texas Fair and Rodeo includes a number of events in the Miller Lite Rodeo Arena. The $15 per adult gate entry fee includes full access to the rodeo. The following is a list of the events and additional information: PRCA – Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association – the first weekend of the North Texas Fair & Rodeo This is the professional rodeo where cowboys from around the

country compete in bronc riding, bull riding and much more. The event, sanctioned by the PRCA, is part of the season of competitions where competitors vie for the coveted top spots in their categories of competition. The season includes around 600 PRCA-sanctioned rodeo events in 39 states and three Canadian provinces, showcasing the top professional talent among the estimated 5,000 PRCA-registered cowboys competing for the coveted “World Champion” in their events. In 2012, the world champion could earn from $90,000 to almost $300,000 during the season. Each of the eight world titlists also receives a gold buckle and a specially crafted trophy saddle. The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo showcases the world’s best contestants and top stock for a 10-day championship rodeo competition in Las Vegas, Nev. Invitational Ranch Rodeo — 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 Terry Starnes will announce this event featuring competition among teams from area ranch-

es. The teams compete in team branding, team doctoring, maverick catch-in, team sorting and bronc riding. The 2014 teams competing this year are: Sikes Ranch Porter Ranches Noles Farms Calvert Ranch Gainesville Livestock Open Range Cowboy Church Reding Ranch Ellis Ranch 21 and under Rodeo — 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19 through Wednesday, Aug. 20 Competitors ages 21 and under compete in a number of areas including: Girls Breakaway Roping Bareback Riding Saddle Bronc Riding Tie Down Roping Team Roping Girls Goat Tying Barrell Racing Bull Riding Bull Blowout — Thursday, Aug. 21 through Saturday, Aug. 23 Be sure to show up early as this event is usually packed. Rid-

ers sign up to show their skills in riding some of the toughest bulls in the region. Whether you are pulling for the cowboy or the bull or the bullfighting team (see below), it is an exciting event to watch as each rider tries to stay on the bucking bull until the timer rings. Cowboy Protection Match – Thursday, Aug. 21 through Saturday, Aug. 23 The cowboy protection match is a platform for rodeo bullfighters to showcase their skills at protecting the bull riders once they have been thrown from the bull or have dismounted. Teams are scored on how well they work together, how they execute the fundamentals of cowboy protection and how they handle the different situations that may arise. Teams consist of two rodeo bullfighters. The teammates have typically worked together before and should be able to know where their partner is or will be when all of the action occurs in the arena. This year’s teams bullfight teams include: Team RDL — Cody Patton and Ross Johnson Team Darr/Cat — Lance McIlvain and Jordan Lee Team Miller — Chad Dowdy and Evan Allard Team Rudy’s — Pat Riha and Ross Hill Team Trailer Storage — Brian Flanders and Jake King Team Texas Farm Bureau — Hayden Wilson and Hunter Jones Team First United Bank — Zack Arthur and Weston Rutkoski Team Wells Fargo — Tanner Zernetski and Colby Klumb Mutton Bustin’ — 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 through Saturday, Aug. 23 in the First State Bank Livestock Pavilion Expanded this year, mutton bustin’ competition for ages 3 to 7 will feature a wide assortment of youngsters riding sheep in the Miller Lite Arena. This event, sponsored by Weldon’s Western Wear, is a “can’t miss” event for families, friends and those who enjoy watching the youngsters try out their riding skills.


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forming for the foreseeable future but hopes to add more overseas locations to his tours — locations like Scotland, where he’d like to try a few of the golf courses on his off time. “I’d just like to see more of the world,” he said.

From the Past... The hits just keep coming from his latest album, Headlights, Taillights and Radios – a labor of love for country and western phenom Tracy Lawrence. “Lie,” a top 10 single release from the album released in August 2013 — his first studio album in five years — tells the tale of a man looking back to a recent love he still yearns for while the woman moves on. “I heard you saw her last night at that dive down in Jamestown I haven't seen her since the 4th of July Did you get a chance to talk, Did she mention me at all Was she there alone Or with some other guy Well, I'm dying to know but I'm scared of the truth So before you say a word, consider what this heart's been through, and lie Don't tell me that she looked amazing Just lie If she's with someone else I just can't take it Tell me she looked sad and lonely Tell me she's been missing me like crazy Yeah, just look me in the eye and lie.” The words ring true for listeners who have experienced the unrequited love of a former flame. And it is just one of a variety

of songs on his latest venture. On Aug. 23, Tracy Lawrence will return to the North Texas Fair & Rodeo to perform on the Budweiser Stage. The latest album reflects the singer’s desire to challenge himself, trying a more edgy and progressive sound. His decision to challenge himself musically started with a chance meeting after seeing Kenny Rogers at a symphony in Nashville. As Tracy Lawrence talked with the longtime musician, Rogers told him about how the industry was changing and it was important for a musician to challenge himself and reinvent himself from time to time. Rogers also said that, with the industry changes, more songs were crossing genres and appealing to broader audiences. “He really impressed me,” Lawrence said. “I left thinking I needed to push myself, challenge myself with the dynamics and vocal range.” He’d started working on the latest album three years ago, creating the more traditional country and western fare he has performed in years past. But after the discussion with Kenny Rogers, he began reviewing songs with a more widespread appeal and sought a few new musicians to create the progressive sounds he was seeking. The results are the songs, “Black Top,” “Footprints on the Moon,” “Stop, Drop and Roll” — among others. The album title even has a

strong meaning to the country artist: headlights for looking into the future, taillights for celebrating the past and radio as a tribute to his success on the medium. Lawrence, who has penned several of his top songs himself, tends to write the down home, earthy songs like “Butterfly” and “Cecil’s Palace” — both on his latest album. It is a process he enjoys — taking the seed of a song and watching it grow into a musical score with vocals in the studio. “It’s beautiful,” he said. “If a lyric is strong, you can make anything out of it. A really good song can transcend genres.” In a career spanning more than two decades, Tracy Lawrence has sold more than 13 million albums, seen 22 of his songs on the Billboard top ten charts and garnered 18 number one singles. The multi-platinum Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awardwinning musician is also known for such hits as “Time Marches On,” “Alibis” and “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” At age 46, the singer, originally from Forman, Ark. though born in Atlanta, Tx., remains one of the top country and western performers. And what keeps him going from stage to stage, city to city? “I really do still love it,” he said. “I love getting on the stage and I feel really proud of what we’re doing. I love the challenge

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Nanci Kimmey helps fairgoers make memories

tired and wouldn’t be staying for lunch. Nanci, who serves on the board of directors for the Texas Association of Fairs and Events which governs all fairs in Texas large and small, posted people along the route from the hotel ballroom to Carlton’s room, telling them to send the executive director back should he head upstairs. Fortunately, he stayed and was surprised by the much-coveted honor. Carlton calls Kimmey is his right arm when it comes to pull-

ing the event together every year. In fact, Carlton’s wife, Karen, often refers to the duo as “Donnie and Marie” in reference to the performing brother and sister Osmonds. “Glenn’s a little bit country and I’m a little bit rock and roll but I think we really complement each other,” Nanci said. “Nanci is passionate about this fair and her job. I typically have the vision for the big picture, but I do not have the DNA makeup to handle the details. This is where we make such a good team because she can handle the details, and does it very well,” Carlton said. Carl Anderson, president of the North Texas State Fair Association’s board of directors, says he finds it amazing that Carlton and Kimmey, with the help of hundreds of volunteers and a few part-time employees, can pull off the multi-million-dollar event each year. “They are a perfect team,” he

said. Kimmey has passed down her childhood memories to her daughter, Ryan, who grew up at the North Texas Fair & Rodeo. She also shares the fair and rodeo experience with her grandchildren as well as her husband, Ralph, who not only helps in the office but works as a volunteer during the North Texas Fair & Rodeo. Kimmey’s family has come to understand her love and commitment to the North Texas Fair Association. “I feel like everything I have done in my life has led me to this job. I really hate to even call it a job because it isn’t,” Nanci said. “I am so blessed to absolutely love what I do. When asked what I do for a living, I simply reply, ‘I’m in the business to make memories.’” Her family would definitely agree as she carries on the same traditions her mother started years ago.

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For as far back as she can remember, Nanci Kimmey’s life has involved being part of the fair. As a child, she rode all of the rides she could muster before making the rounds at midway games. Then it was off to the shows at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas. After all, mom was busy working as executive secretary, leaving her daughter with acres and acres of playground to discover. A fond childhood memory involves afternoons spent in the trailer of one of the state fair’s main attractions. “When I’d get hungry, I’d go to the Fat Lady’s trailer,” she said, adding the entertainer often had the best selection of food in a comfy, air-conditioned trailer. Nanci also would watch the actors rehearse at the Dallas Summer Musicals, which birthed a love of theater. Those summers would eventually lead to her later stint as stage manager for numerous shows at the Dallas Community Theatre. Now, as executive assistant for the North Texas State Fair Association, Nanci is following in her mother’s footsteps as she prepares for the debut of the 86th annual North Texas Fair & Rodeo in Denton. “I’ve been around it my whole life,” she says of both of the excitement of the fair and rode as well as the behind-the-scenes efforts of volunteers who make fairs and rodeos a central part of their lives. “It’s in my blood.” Nanci’s dedication to the fair was more than evident last year, when as she was finishing up preparations for the annual fair and rodeo, she lost her father. “Nanci lost her Dad in July and missed very little work. I know it was a difficult time for her , but she put this fair first. It was amazing,” said Glenn Carlton, executive director of the North Texas Fair Association. To honor Nanci for her commitment, Carlton and the board worked with Terry Starnes, the rodeo announcer, to craft a bracelet since he was also a silversmith. The bracelet she now wears daily is inscribed with the words, “No Time for Tears,” with her father’s initials.

“We were all very touched when we gave it to her on the last night of the fair,” Carlton said. Much like the stage manager of theater performances, Kimmey goes into “stage manager” mode setting up and opening the annual North Texas Fair & Rodeo. In a video clip, Kimmey talks to a crowd about learning how to use new online programs to help broaden the fair’s reach to young and old alike. “We’re the big deal that’s just 35 miles north of Dallas-Fort Worth,” Kimmey told the crowd about the North Texas Fair & Rodeo. The YouTube video clip shows only one of the many hats she wears at the North Texas State Fair Association. On any given day, she juggles telephone calls, drop-in visitors, last-minute snafus, posting on Facebook, setting up contracts and much more. One recent afternoon, a couple and their two children stop by the office at 2217 N. Carroll Boulevard to rent facilities for an upcoming baptism. Though communication was limited between smatterings of English and Spanish, Kimmey patiently worked with the couple to help them decide which hall would best suit their event, educating them about the next steps needed for rental. “It’s just what I do,” she said modestly, turning back to answer the oft-ringing telephone as another person walked through the front door. It’s a constant pace but one she enjoys. Her daughter was four years old when Nanci began volunteering at the North Texas Fair & Rodeo. Some 28 years later, Nanci is one of two full-time staff working year-round to make the magic of the nine-day event happen. “When Glenn (Carlton) came in January 2005, he hired me in June 2005,” Kimmey said. In January 2014, Nanci snuck several North Texas State Fair Association board members into a luncheon at the Texas Association of Fairs and Events where Glenn would be receiving the Professional of the Year award. It was a harried moment when Glenn told her he was

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Enjoy seeing dogs leap, do flips and catch a Frisbee mid-air or jump from a dock into a pool of water just to nab that coveted toy? How about watching them race through an obstacle course with speed and agility? For the first time in Texas, Kara Gilmore and CoServ’s Marvelous Mutts will be performing Aug. 15-23 in the First United Fun Bank Fun Zone at the North Texas Fair & Rodeo in Denton. What makes these dogs unique is that they are all rescue animals who have been trained by Kara Gilmore and her team, specifically to showcase their abilities. “I think it’s great to showcase these dogs and show people how amazing shelter dogs can be,” she said. Gilmore, who has been dedicated to helping dogs find forever homes, began fostering animals in 1991 when she recued her first one — a little black dog from the shelter. Soon, she rescued another and – over the course of 20-plus years – has rescued hundreds of dogs. CoServ’s Marvelous Mutts

and their team trainers have appeared on ESPN’s Great Oudoor Games, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Fox & Friends and The Late Night Show with David Letterman – to name a few. Each of the 16 rescue animals has a story to tell, Kara says. She’ll be bringing eight of the 13

performing dogs to Denton, who will perform daily alongside two other trainers and their dogs. The 25-minute show is one of the new features at this year’s North Texas Fair & Rodeo, guaranteed to bring smiles to the whole family. And on these hot summer

days, it might be an idea to stand next to the pool in the “splash zone” where you can get a free cool down. Just wear something washable. Here are some of profiles of CoServ’s Marvelous Mutts performers:  Little Squirt, adopted from Second Chance Rescue in Kan-

sas City, Mo., in early 2006, loves to race. If there’s a toy, she won’t stop until it’s in her grasp. Born deaf, she is a four-time world finalist in canine disc, according to the website, www.themarvelousmutts.com.  Wee-la, the smallest of competitors on the team, enjoys high leaps through the air and is among the top microdogs (disc dogs under 25 lbs.) in the country. Adopted from the Flying K9s Herd Dog Rescue in Ohio in late 2006, Wee-la is also known for her speed through the agility course and enjoys entertaining the crowds.  Other performers include Ba-Ba-Lu from the Arizona Cattle Dog Rescue in Flagstaff who starts in Frisbee and dock shows; Chica, a young Dutch Shepherd picked up as a stray in Miami; Bam-Ba-Lam, one of the older dogs who loves children; Shazam, originally from Jefferson City Animal Control in Missouri, who loves leaping; Tipitina, also from Arizona, who is in training following surgical repairs to both knees as a result of a genetic defect, and many more.


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Hot on the touring end of their latest release, Homemade Tamales, the Randy Rogers Band is enjoying the fruits of its efforts to create the everyman songs evident on the live-recorded album. The album’s name originates from the live recording at John T. Floore Country Store in Helotes, where the band saw a sign at the front hailing its “world famous homemade tamales.” The title also serves as a metaphor for all of the songs on the album, songs that have been written over the years since the band first formed in 2000. It also describes the tone of their repertoire, offering a connection to the every-day lives of their listeners, according to a news release. The band consists of drummer Les Lawless, Geoffrey Hill on guitar, Brady Black with his fiddle, a bit of bass work by Johnny “Chops” Richardson and frontman Randy Rogers with his rugged, raspy vocals. The five-man crew co-wrote the lyrics to such songs as “Satellite,” “Fuzzy,” and “Too Late For Goodbye” — just several of the 23 live recordings and two bonus studio performances featured on Homemade Tamales. While Randy Rogers pens most of the lyrics, his band is known for adding a few lines here and there. Then they vote on their choices for the next album. “We have a sense of family about us,” Rogers said. “We all have the same goal, which is to play music for a living.” And with the sense of cama-

raderie, they also balance each other out on the long and winding road to success. “We keep each other in check,” he said. Touring more than 200 dates each of the past 10 years, the band has performed with George Strait, Willie Nelson, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley and many more. The Randy Rogers Band’s last three albums made their debut at No. 1 on the iTunes Country Album Chart and have debuted in the Top 5 on the Billboard album chart, according to the news release. The band also has performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Conan. This year, Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen will continue their annual “Hold My Beer and Watch This” acoustic tour, though this summer they will create an album — part live recording and part studio performance. Rogers said the band, which is booked through this year and early next year, expects to return to the studio for their next endeavor in spring 2015. And while they’ve been touring across the country, there are no plans to go overseas, Rogers said. “We all pretty much have babies,” he said, adding they like to stay a little closer to the home front. The band, all from South Texas, enjoys the food for which their latest album is named. “We all eat homemade tamales,” Rogers said.

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For almost 20 years, Keith Cousino and Brian Smith have entertained crowds around the U.S. and overseas with their acrobatic slam dunk performances as the TNT Dunk Squad. Equal parts gymnastics, basketball and sheer energy will be combined to create an entertaining 20-minute show for visitors at the 86th annual North Texas Fair & Rodeo Aug. 15-23. Coming to Denton for the first time, Keith Cousino will be among a team of four performers who will use trampolines to do mid-air flips and turns as they dunk the ball in hoops. The team also interacts with youngsters in the crowd as part of their performances, Cousino said. “We like to get the crowd fired up,” he said. A trained gymnast, Cousino was competing internationally as a member of the U.S. Junior National Team, later becoming captain of the men’s gymnastics team at the University of Iowa, according to the website at www.tntdunksquad.com.

After college, Cousino tried out for and won a spot with the Bud Light Daredevils, an American acrobatic basketball team show that performed during college and NBA basketball game

halftimes. Smith also performed with the show. After five years with the Bud Light Daredevils, the duo formed their own group, becoming the TNT Dunk Squad.

In Denton, three performers with gymnastics backgrounds and one with specialized training and experience in trampolines will entertain visitors in a show that has been performed at

universities across the U.S. as well as at corporate and international events. Performers with the TNT Dunk Squad demonstrate teamwork and leadership – a part of the show that showcase the need to work together to get projects completed. Among the countries they’ve traveled are France, Spain, England, China, Korea, Thailand, Ireland and Venezuela, performing for the Nike Force Tour, the World Expo, Sprint, Samsung, McDonald’s Open and more. In the states, the TNT Dunk Squad demonstrated teamwork and leadership at the Boy Scout Jamboree and the Illumination Cancer Benefit in Missouri, for IBM and Glaxo Smith Kline in Nevada and at Boston Scientific in California — to name a few. The group also performs at school assemblies, pep rallies, book fairs, family fun nights and more. Very soon, they will set their GPS to Central Texas. “We’re really excited to come to Denton,” Cousino said.


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