Winston-Salem, N.C. (August 30, 2016) — This fall, the 2016 Dixie Classic Fair is “Your Ticket to Homegrown Fun” – and musical entertainment! The Dixie Classic Fair today announced the headlining musical acts for the 2016 Fair.

Leading the way on Monday, October 3rd, are country artists Jordan Rager and Drew Baldridge, sponsored by New Country Q104.1. Rager has been performing since he was 15 years old. He gained popularity by singing cover versions of popular country music songs, amassing more than 3.7 million viewers on YouTube as a result. In early 2016, he signed his first recording contract and release his first Top 40 single, “Southern Boy.” He is currently recording his debut album.

Illinois native Drew Baldridge burst onto the country music scene in early 2016 with his first EP “Dane With Ya.” The EP’s popularity led him to write and record his debut album, “Dirt on Us,” which debuted on June 10. A songwriter for many years on the Nashville scene, Baldridge has now stepped to the forefront – and the front of the stage – in country music.

On Tuesday, October 4th, Fair fans will be entertained by The Motown Sounds of Touch. The Motown Sounds of Touch is the premier Motown tribute band, entertaining audiences across the country for more than fifteen years. A finalist on the NBC competition show “And the Winner Is,” members of The Motown Sounds of Touch are veterans of the industry, having written songs for The Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson. Their performance will bring the golden age of R&B to the Dixie Classic Fair.

Wrapping up the Dixie Classic Fair’s headlining musical acts on Wednesday, October 5th, is Contemporary Christian act The Passion Band featuring Kristian Stanfill, sponsored by WBFJ. For nearly 20 years, The Passion Band has delighted audiences with their music, releasing 18 albums, and 15 live albums, throughout their career. Lead singer Stanfill has released two critically-acclaimed albums, “Attention” (2009), and “Mountains Move” (2011), and the same year was named Best New Artist at the 42nd GMA Dove Awards.

“For 2016, we decided to shake things up a bit and bring a variety of musical acts to the Dixie Classic Fair featuring a number of genres,” said David Sparks, director of the Dixie Classic Fair. “Our goal each year is to bring talented, family-friendly entertainment to Fair-goers, and this year’s lineup does exactly that. The Grandstand will be a fun place to be at this year’s Fair, and we look forward to everyone enjoying the music.”

The 2016 Dixie Classic Fair is being held September 30 – October 9, 2016 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. Now in its 134th year, this year’s Fair is allowing fans to get “Your Ticket to Homegrown Fun,” a tradition dating back to the first Fair, a wheat exhibition held in 1882. The 2016 Dixie Classic Fair will feature the Triad’s best in agriculture, competitive entries, delicious food and entertainment. James E. Strates Shows will once again supply the Fair’s rides and games.

The 2016 Dixie Classic Fair schedule and regular ticket prices are as follows:

  • Hours of operation:
    • Sunday through Friday 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
    • Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Tickets for Friday (9/30 &10/7), Saturday (10/1 &10/8) and Sunday (10/2 &10/9):
    • Adults (ages 12 & up) – $10
    • Children (ages 6 – 11) – $5
    • Children (5 & under) and Senior Adults (65 & over, with ID) – Free
  • Tickets for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are:
    • Adults (ages 12 & up) – $9
    • Children (ages 6 – 11) – $5
    • Children (5 & under) and Senior Adults (65 & over, with ID) – Free
  • Early Bird Special Admission (Any Gate – Weekdays only): 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – $5

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About The Dixie Classic Fair

Celebrating its 134th year in 2016, the Dixie Classic Fair is the second largest agricultural Fair in North Carolina. Owned and operated by the City of Winston-Salem after being donated to the City by the Winston-Salem Foundation in 1969, the 10-day annual Fair features nationally known musical entertainment, delicious food and beverages, exhibits for livestock, poultry, fine arts and crafts, a world-class carnival with numerous rides and games among many more activities. It is attended by an average of 320,000 visitors each year. For more information on the Dixie Classic Fair, please visit