Hunter Hayes to perform at fair?

Though no official announcement has been made, sites are listing Hunter Hayes as the final artist in the concert series for the 2013 Elkhart County 4-H Fair.

Posted on March 25, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on March 25, 2013 at 4:09 p.m.

GOSHEN — While no official announcement has been made, it looks like young country artist Hunter Hayes will round out the 2013 Elkhart County 4-H Fair concert series.

The slot for Wednesday evening, July 24, is the only one that hasn’t been announced, but a couple of concert websites — reverbnation.com and eventful.com — have Hunter Hayes listed as the 8 p.m. show that date at the fair, with Molly Hunt listed as his opening act.

Kristy Ambrosen, fair marketing director, said the fair is under contractual obligations to say nothing yet, so she couldn’t confirm the slate. “Unfortunately we’re not permitted to release any information on our Wednesday night entertainment.”

If Hayes is, indeed, the final artist for the concert series, the fair likely won’t be able to announce his performance until after he plays in Fort Wayne April 14 with Carrie Underwood.

Hayes won the Best New Artist of 2012 award from the Country Music Association and has been popular on country radio. The 21-year-old debuted with “Storm Warning” and followed up with “Wanted” and “Somebody’s Heartbreak.”

According to his official website, Hayes started playing instruments at age 2, and at age 4 he played an accordion on stage with Hank Williams, Jr.

He also appeared in “The Apostle” with Robert Duvall at age 6, where Duvall gave him his first guitar.

Hayes would follow Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Jason Crabb, Florida Georgia Line and Vince Gill in this year’s concert lineup.

Reserved track seats for the shows will go on sale May 18 but, as always, grandstand seats will be free with admission to the fair. Prices for reserved seats haven’t been announced yet.

The fair will run July 19-27.

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