Sam Hunt, John Fogerty Will Play Canfield Fair

CANFIELD, Ohio – The 2022 Canfield Fair’s grandstand concerts will include the Mahoning Valley premiere of modern country star Sam Hunt and the return of classic rock icon John Fogerty.

Hunt’s concert will be Sunday, Sept. 4, with opening acts Ryan Hurd and Lily Rose.

Fogerty will play the venue on Monday, Sept. 5, with opening act Hearty Har.

Tickets for both shows – which start at 7 p.m. – will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, May 20, only at ticketmaster.com. Tickets will not be sold at the fairgrounds box office until later this summer.

For Hunt, tickets are $125, $89.50, $69.50, $55 and $42.50 (plus fees); Fogerty tickets are $99.50, $75, $55, $45 and $35 (plus fees).

A online-only presale for both concerts will take place from 10 a.m. Wednesday to 10 p.m. Thursday; use the password ROOSTER.

The grandstand has a seating has a capacity of approximately 9,700.

Bringing Sam Hunt to the area has been a goal of JAC Live, the Youngstown-based promoter that books shows for the fair.

“He has played Cleveland and Pittsburgh before but never in between,” said Ken Bigley, vice president of JAC. “We’ve worked on bringing him in the past, but the stars didn’t align. This year they did.”

Hunt released his second studio album, “Southside,” last month.

The Georgia native’s hip-hop flavored debut album, 2014’’s “Montevallo,” spawned four No. 1 singles: “Leave the Night On,” “Take Your Time,” “House Party” and “Break Up in a Small Town.”

His hits also include previously released songs “Body Like a Back Road,” “Drinkin’ Too Much” and “Downtown’s Dead,” all of which appear on the new album.

“He has some monster summer anthems,” Bigley noted.

Fogerty was the singer and songwriter for landmark rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, which had a plethora of hits during its run. After going solo, he continued his success with songs such as “Centerfield.”

The 76-year-old Fogerty last played in the Valley in 2018, when he appeared at Covelli Centre. Bigley said the time was right to bring him back to the area.

“He’s one of those guys where every show is a new experience,” Bigley said. “He keeps working to make his performances better and better.”

His grandstand show in September will be Fogerty’s first at the fairgrounds. “He’s a good for it,” Bigley said. “Custom-made for a fair audience.”

Creedence’s many hit songs include “Proud Mary,” “Susie Q,” “Fortunate Son,” “Born on the Bayou,” “Bad Moon Rising” and “Have You Ever Seen the Rain.”

The opening act, Hearty Har, is led by Fogerty’s sons, Shane and Tyler.

Tickets for the fair’s other annual grandstand shows, including harness racing, the tractor pull and the demolition derby, will go on sale later this summer; announcement of the sale date will be made on canfieldfair.com.

The Canfield Fair, the largest county fair in the state, is in its 176th year.

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