BY LISA WARREN
Country crooner Easton Corbin, comedian Mike Snider, country rockers Savannah Jack, and regional favorite Benny Wilson are among the headlining musical entertainers for this year's Greene County Fair.
The 62nd Annual Greene County Fair will open Monday, Aug. 8, and continue through Saturday, Aug. 13.
A variety of musical entertainment from nationally-known acts to local talent is on tap for this year's fair, both on the Main Stage and at the GreenBank Pavilion.
On Monday evening, the first of two rounds of preliminary judging in the 2011 "Greeneville's Greatest!" singing competition will begin at 7 p.m. at the GreenBank Pavilion.
Modeled after the highly popular television series, "American Idol," this competition features the best of the best of local singing talent vying for the bragging rights to be called "Greeneville's Greatest."
The $2,000 grand prize for winning the competition isn't bad either!
Last year's winner in the "Greeneville's Greatest" competition was Laura Taliaferro.
On Tuesday evening at the Greene County Fair, country hit-maker Easton Corbin will take to the Main Stage, beginning at 8 p.m.
Since bursting onto the country music scene, Corbin has enjoyed the success of two No. 1 hits with "A Little More Country Than That" and "Roll With It," both from his debut self-titled album.
The Mercury Records album also produced the Top 15 hit "I Can't Love You Back."
Corbin, who has been called a singer with a voice as smooth as George Strait's, shared some touring dates this past winter with Greeneville's The Band Perry
The two acts opened several shows for Blake Shelton.
This summer, Corbin has been touring with country supergroup Rascal Flatts.
Also on Tuesday evening, country up-and-comers Daisi Rain will perform, beginning at 9 p.m., at the GreenBank Pavilion.
The members of the East Tennessee/Southwest Virginia-based band range in age from 15 to 19, but they have already made a name for themselves, performing at fairs, benefits and festivals throughout the region.
The second round of preliminary judging in the "Greeneville's Greatest" competition will be held Wednesday evening at the fair, beginning at 7 p.m., at the GreenBank Pavilion.
At 9 p.m., the evening's musical entertainment in the GreenBank Pavilion will continue with the Crossbands Band.
On Thursday evening at the fair, country comedian and banjo musician Mike Snider will perform on the Main Stage, beginning at 7 p.m.
A native of Gleason, Tenn., Snider rose to country fame in the 1980s with his exceptional wit and stellar banjo playing.
Many people may remember him from his numerous appearances on the former cable TV show, "Nashville Now," with host Ralph Emery, as well as his seven-year stay in the cornfields of "Hee Haw."
Snider has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1990.
Also on tap for Thursday evening at the fair will be Brian Birchfield at 8 p.m. and the Aly Taylor Band, at 9 p.m., both at the GreenBank Pavilion.
On the fair's Main Stage at 9 p.m. Thursday, the WIKQ Youth Talent Contest will begin.
This popular annual event features some of the best local youth talent, ages 13 to 21, competing for the top prize of $500 and a chance to enter the regional youth talent showcase at the Tennessee Valley Fair next month in Knoxville.
On Friday evening, the fair's Main Stage will feature entertainment by country artist and Greeneville native C.J. Weems, at 7 p.m., followed by the Nashville-based country rock band Savannah Jack, at 9 p.m.
At the GreenBank Pavilion on Friday, the Teeny Tiny Talent contest will begin at 7 p.m., featuring young talent, ages 12 and under.
On Saturday evening, the Main Stage entertainment will feature the finals of the "Greeneville's Greatest!" competition, beginning at 7 p.m., followed by Rogersville native and regionally loved musician Benny Wilson, at 9 p.m.
Also on Saturday, an evening of great gospel music will be on tap at the GreenBank Pavilion, beginning at 7 p.m., with the gospel bluegrass band Strong Ties, followed by The Foundations at 8 p.m., Majestic Heights at 9 p.m., and One Purpose at 10 p.m.
For more details about this year's Greene County Fair go online to http://www.greenecountyfair.com or call the fair's office at 638-2521.