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Commission books rising country stars

Two country pop acts will be highlighting the Roughrider Days Fair & Expo, both recognized by the Academy of Country Music. Sponsored by the Roughrider Commission in conjunction with a partnership with Dickinson Parks and Recreation, Gloriana...

Two country pop acts will be highlighting the Roughrider Days Fair & Expo, both recognized by the Academy of Country Music.

Sponsored by the Roughrider Commission in conjunction with a partnership with Dickinson Parks and Recreation, Gloriana and Bomshel will be gracing the stage at the Dickinson Recreation Center on July 3 at 8:15 p.m., with doors opening at 7:15 p.m.

"It is geared more towards older teens and adults, depending upon the band," said James Kramer, director of Park and Recreation.

Gloriana recently won ACM's Best New Vocal Group award and Bomshel was nominated for Best New Vocal Duo, said Kevin Stockert, who has served on the Roughrider Commission for 19 years and co-chairs commission- sponsored music events.

Funded through Roughrider Days sponsorships and grant money from the Stark County Fair Board, the musical acts will cost about $50,000.

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"We look for bands that are being routed our way," Stockert said. "With a limited budget, we typically are trying to find the up-and-coming artists."

And the commission has booked up-and-comers.

"We've signed, over the years, lots of new artists that became huge artists," Stockert said. "Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Sugarland, Emerson Drive, all those bands have played here. We always say, 'Once they come to Dickinson they become a huge hit.'"

On top of having to pay for the band, a sound company needs to be hired and agency fees paid.

"There's lots of money involved," Stockert said.

The venue's size, however, doesn't seem to affect the crowd.

"The show will be a very upbeat show," Stockert said. "In a smaller venue, it's just such high energy in the whole place."

Kramer said sales have faired well thus far.

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"We typically stay right around that 1,600 mark, sometimes we're higher, sometimes we're a little bit lower," Kramer said.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at both Dan's Supermarket locations, Dickinson Parks and Recreation Department, Dickinson Convention and Visitors Bureau, Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce or the Roughrider Commission Office.

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