Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Agricultural Fair Will Offer Music for All Tastes Country, Oldies, Humor Featured

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Agricultural Fair Will Offer Music for All Tastes Country, Oldies, Humor Featured

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Whether you enjoy contemporary or country music, or like to

laugh a lot, the entertainment lineup at the Clay County

Agricultural Fair has something for everyone.

Kicking off opening night tomorrow will be the pop/rock sounds

of the Navy band Pride at 7 p.m. Country singer/songwriter Wade

Hayes is set for 8 p.m. Monday, while Southern funny man Jerry

Clower is scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday.

On Oldies Night, April 10, country artist Ray Price will

perform at 8 p.m. Scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. on closing

night, April 12, will be recording artist Ronnie McDowell.

"I think it's a very broad-based group that will appeal,

hopefully, to everybody. I'm really excited about Jerry Clower,"

said fair spokeswoman Dorothy Carlton.

Clower, whose father "ran off and left us during the

Depression," grew up on a farm in Liberty, Miss. After a stint

in the Navy, he went on to complete college where he majored in

agriculture and served two years as an assistant county

agricultural agent. Clower, who became a 4-H'er at age 9, is

best known for outrageous tales of life in the South.

"Four-H really helped me with my not having a daddy. It so

motivated me to go on to college and get a degree in

agriculture," Clower said in a telephone interview.

Clower said that his 4-H leader, Monroe McElveen, inspired and

motivated him to a point that he wanted to be just like him.

"I thought that when I get big, I'd like to help other young

boys like Mr. Mac was helping me," said Clower, who has been

recording comedy albums on MCA Records for 30 years.

It's through his life travels as a 4H'er, county agent and

later as a farm chemical sales representative, Clower said, that

he collected humorous stories that he uses in his act.

"It's all almost true, the stuff I tell," said Clower,

admitting that he puts a certain spin on his material.

Labeling himself a "family entertainer," Clower said his

material can be understood by people of all backgrounds and

ages. …

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