ALTAMONT, Ill. — Known for his hit “I Serve a Savior,” country music sensation Josh Turner is one of the highlights at the 2019 Effingham County Fair.

Turner’s hit placed him as No. 1 on Nielsen’s Country Albums Chart and No. 2 on both Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart and Top Christian Albums Chart.

The music industry describes his music as “faith-filled,” “musically brilliant, yet refreshingly restive” and the singer’s voice as an “earthen baritone.”

Emily Ann Roberts kicks the night off at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1. Turner takes to the county grandstand stage at 8 p.m.

Tickets range in price from $25 to $40. Party Pit tickets are a new feature this year.

This is a ticket for the pit area directly in front of the stage. This is a standing room only area.

Phil Hartke with the county fair commission said Turner’s concert promises to sell out and encourages “folks to get their tickets as soon as possible.”

Hartke also pointed out that a new feature will follow the Turner concert — fireworks!

Turner’s performance is only one of dozens of family fun opportunities at this year’s fair, running July 27 to Aug. 3. It is located at 722 Cumberland Ave. in Altamont.

One free event recommended by Hartke to catch is the kids’ 100-year dash on Friday afternoon during the intermission after the third harness race.

More than 200 kids lined up in front of the grandstand for the fun competition. All participants win ice cream and $1, Hartke said.

Another big fair night is Thursday night when all of the 4-H shows culminate on Thursday night with the 4-H auction. Hartke pointed out that the kids raised about $80,000 last year.

Also unique to this fair is its daily harness racing in the afternoons.

“This is a very busy and very clean fair. It’s a popular fair,” Hartke said. “We normally sell out for five nights on our grandstand events.”

Here’s what else to know about the fair lineup:

Admissions: Lots of options to buy admissions beginning with at the fair office on the fairground — Season Gate Admission (unlimited entry) $20, Adult (book of 10 tickets) $20; Single Gate Admission Child (12 and under) free, Adult (13 and over) $3.

Carnival: Luehr’s Outdoor Entertainment opens at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30. Cost includes pay-one-price wristbands $25 or regular tickets $25 for 22 tickets. Rides take two tickets.

Family Bargain Night is on Wednesday, July 31, when rides are half price (one ticket) and 2-for-1 Night on Thursday.

Grandstand entertainment: The grandstand will be busy every night with a range of ticketed events at varying start times. Non-concert events range from $8 to $20 depending on track and infield or grandstand locations.

  • Saturday — Lucas Oil Pulling League.
  • Sunday — Talent Show Junior Miss Pageant.
  • Monday — Hasting’s Filters and Dust & Son Truck, Tractor and Garden Pull.
  • Tuesday — Fair Queen and Little Miss pageants.
  • Wednesday — Hasting’s Filters and Dust & Son Truck, Tractor & Antique/Blower.
  • Thursday — Rodeo.
  • Friday — Josh Turner concert.
  • Saturday — Demolition Derby.

Other events: Kicking off the fair is the annual parade at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 28.

More information: If you cannot get to the fair office, find oodles of information on the fair website at


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