GOSHEN — It’s official: Hunter Hayes will round out this summer’s Elkhart County 4-H Fair entertainment, and the fair will offer online ticket sales for the first time.
The fair officially announced Hayes Monday morning, April 15, three weeks after news broke that Hayes was the likely final act to be named for this year.
Hayes, who was chosen as best new artist of 2012 by the Country Music Association, has been playing music since he was 2, according to the biographical information provided by the fair. “There’s an energy that happens live. That’s where I’m most myself. There is nothing as honest as my live performance. That is what I live for every day,” Hayes said in his bio.
“When I get on stage, that’s my home. That’s my element, and I’m not shy anymore. That’s where I’m comfortable. Getting to play live every night, that’s what I’ve always dreamed about,” he said.
He’s opened for Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts, and his debut album has spawned three songs with major radio play: “Storm Warning,” “Wanted” and most recently “Somebody’s Heartbreak.”
Hayes will perform Wednesday, July 24, at 8 p.m, and Molly Hunt will open for him.
Hunt, 16, has already written more than 300 songs and is performing across the country.
As with all concerts, grandstand seats are free with paid fair admission and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Reserved track seats for Hayes and all the other shows will go on sale May 18.
Prices for all shows and details on online sales will be coming later this week, according to Kristy Ambrosen, fair spokeswoman.
Hayes is the final show for the year, following performances by Creedence Clearwater Revisited Saturday, July 20 , Jason Crabb Sunday, July 21, Florida Georgia Line with opening act Rachel Farley Monday, July 22 and Vince Gill Tuesday, July 23.