Members of the Kennett Delta Fair Board have been busy the past few weeks preparing for one of the biggest highlights of the year for Dunklin County residents, the Delta Fair.
Tuesday evening at approximately 6 p.m., festivities will kick off with the Delta Fair Parade. Marching bands from nearly every school in Dunklin County will blast through the town square prior to gates opening at the fair grounds.
Brad Carter, fair board member, has established a line of entertainment for fair goers with musical entertainment scheduled for every night during fair week.
Tuesday evening, opening night, Angie Penny, a small town red head beauty with a big voice, will set the stage as she performs some of some of country music's greatest hits.
Penny is no stranger to the stage according to her list of musical references. She has shared the stage with artists such as Buddy Jewel, The Kentucky Headhunters, Billy Joe Royal, Exile, Gene Watson and Doug Stone.
Penny says she has been influenced by greats such as Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, George Jones, Ronny Milsap, Tammy Wynette, and Martina McBride. Other attributes to Penny's love of music are, Credence Clearwater Revival, 3 Dog Night, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and other bands of the 70's.
Penny's received numerous compliments from many well known artist, one being Doug Phelps, member of The Kentucky Headhunters. "That girl can just flat sing," Phelps said. "She has a great sound and smooth tone to her voice."
Wednesday night, will be Serious Trouble, literally. Serious Trouble is a four man band from Caraway, Ark. whose music consists of a nice combination of blues and rock.
Serious Trouble has performed at the Arkansas Musical Heritage Fest, formerly known as "The King Biscuit Blues Festival" and came away with the Emerging Artist of the Year award for 2005. Chris Earnhart, founder of Serious Trouble, is the vocalist and lead guitarist, says his band has been referred to as a Lynyrd Skynyrd style band.
"Our band members come from a variety of backgrounds in music," Earnhart said.
Thursday night, JADED, a band from the Kennett area, will take center stage. JADED is another musical mix style band who plays anything from country to rock.
"We have a long line of music varieties," member Matthew Poole said. "We play songs from the 70's to pop rock songs of the 90's," he said.
JADED is a five man band of area locals, like Matthew Poole, Nathan Creed, Matt Jackson, Daren Cunningham and Joey Privett.
"With our musical variety, we're sure to play something for every kind of music lover," Poole said.
Friday night Johnny T and Due South, featuring former Kennett resident Mark Smith, will perform. Johnny T and Due South is scheduled to take the stage at 8 p.m.
At 2 p.m., Saturday, Danny Cox and Gypsee will be performing.
A well-rounded program of "Family Fun" will be provided in the nightly free grandstand attractions. Gold Star Amusements will once again be providing clean, first-class rides on the midway for the enjoyment of all ages.