Legendary rock band kicks off concerts

It’s hard to go wrong with classic rock at the Clay County Fair.

And it’s doesn’t get much more classic than Foreigner, who are set to take the stage at the Sleep Number Grandstand on Saturday, Sept. 7 for the fair’s opening night.

Tickets range from $33 for general admission bleacher seats to $43 for general admission stage front.

“People love classic rock, so Foreigner is a natural fit for us,” said Jeremy Parsons, CEO and manager at the Clay County Fair. “They’re an iconic rock group and it’s been awhile since they were last here. They’re one of those groups that seem to get more popular the older they get and people get more nostalgic. We’re excited. It will be a great way to kick off the fair week.”

Foreigner are veteran rockers with 10 multiplatinum albums to their credit as well as a whopping 16 Top 30 hit songs.

The crowd will surely be singing along to iconic anthems such as “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” the worldwide #1 hit “I Want To Know What Love Is” and many more.

Live music is a staple of the Clay County Fair and is part of everything that goes into making it “The World’s Greatest County Fair.”

“The fair has several reputations — one is being the largest farm and machinery show in the U.S. — and another is having top-of-the-line grandstand acts,” Parsons said. “People have seen everyone from Tim McGraw to Bob Hope to the Statler Brothers right here in Spencer. So we’re constantly trying to bring in top-quality acts and accomplish our goal of having something for everyone.”

Achieving that goal this year, the SRG Concert Series also includes RAIN — A Tribute to the Beatles, Country Gold Tour, Michael W. Smith, Jon Pardi and American Idol-winner Maddie Poppe.

It all kicks off with Foreigner.

“It will be a fun atmosphere,” Parsons said. “It was an easy choice for us, especially start things off the first night of the fair — they’re the perfect group to do that.”