today's fair report
1. Kids Day
The sixth day of the Elkhart County 4-H Fair is all about the kids, which means fun activities are planned and rides are discounted. Read more here.
2. Bike traffic grows
More people are heading to the fairgrounds on a bike thanks to the new bike trail. The fair board is prepared to expand bike parking if necessary.
3. Record breaking goal
The Elkhart County 4-H Fair is still collecting food in hopes of breaking the county fair food drive record.Here's what you need to know.
4. Chilly weather
It's going to be a little bit cooler at the fair today. Read the weather report on elkharttruth.com.
5. Scenes from Tuesday concert
Danielle Bradbery and The Swon Brothers rocked out at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair grandstand Tuesday night. Check out our gallery here.

Fans of country band Parmalee can expect to hear all the group's hits at the fair

Lead singer Matt Thomas says the band’s been to Elkhart County before — to buy an RV. This July they’ll return to play a show for fair goers. 

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 12:26 a.m.

Parmalee lead singer Matt Thomas has two priorities during the Elkhart County 4-H Fair: He’s going to make sure his fans have a good time, then he’s going to eat some ribs.

The Elkhart Truth spoke with Thomas to preview the country band’s July 21 performance at the fair. Here are five questions he answered.

Have you ever been to Elkhart County before?

“Yeah, we bought an RV from Elkhart County in 2009 and drove it back to North Carolina.”

Parmalee is in the running for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Country Group. You can vote for the band online.

How’s that RV working out for you?

“Well, a tree fell on it during a storm. But we've moved on, we have a bus now.“

What’s it like to travel across the country performing?

“You’re never home, you’re just here and then you’re gone. You've got to love to travel. We are in Illinois now, and we’ll be in Iowa next ... the calendar is full. I have to go just about two days in advance, that’s about as far as I can go.”

What are some fun experiences you've had while on the road?

“We usually have catering and that kind of thing, but when we are at the fairs ... the county fairs, state fairs...we love to go out and eat that food. I like the ribs if I can find some ribs. There’s always crazy stuff everywhere you go.”

What songs will you perform at the fair?

“We’ll be doing our whole Feels like Carolina album. We will be performing mostly our album and fun cover stuff that people haven’t heard. We always want to make sure everyone has a good time. We will have a set list and everything is planned out that way.“

Parmalee is performing with Tyler Farr at 8 p.m. Monday, July 21. Grandstand seating is free, and reserved track seats are $30 each. Buy tickets or find more information online.

Follow reporter Lydia Sheaks on Twitter at @LydiaSheaks

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