The Charlie Daniels Band will headline the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days concert, with an opening performance by Southern rock group The Marshall Tucker Band.
Fair officials announced the lineup at the annual showcase party Thursday night at the fairgrounds. Former Walla Walla County Commissioner Pam Ray was also named as the parade marshal. Also announced were the fair queen and her court.
Charlie Daniels is a fiddle-playing country and Southern rock artist know for his No. 1 hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” released on the 1979 album “Million Mile Reflections.” The Charlie Daniels Band has released nearly 30 studio albums over the course of five decades, in addition to a number of live and compilation works.
The band’s stop in Walla Walla is part of a larger tour of the U.S., which kicks off March 1 and includes the Oregon State Fair.
Daniels was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008 and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009.
The Marshall Tucker Band has also been performing since the 1970s, and had five certified gold and one certified platinum album during that decade. Among the band’s most popular hits are “Fire on the Mountain,” “Can’t You See” and “Heard It in a Love Song.”
Daniels played fiddle on several early Marshall Tucker Band albums.
The fair will be open Aug. 27-31, and the concert will take place on opening night.
Fair organizers Thursday also crowned Bethany Voss as queen for this year’s event. Alli Key and Brittany Kralman were named as princesses.
All three will ride in the Fair & Frontier Days rodeo, which begins Aug. 29 as well as in the Fair & Frontier Days parade, which will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 30 in downtown Walla Walla.
Voss, 18, is the daughter of Edward and Zenada Voss of Walla Walla. She is the youngest of three children and grew up on a small farm on the outskirts of town where her family raised miniature and Tennessee walking horses as well as cows and goats.
Voss has shown at the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days since she was 3 years old. She has been a member of Thundering Hoofbeats 4-H Club for the past eight years where she held the offices of president, secretary and treasurer and is currently a youth leader. She is a member of band and choir at Walla Walla High School. After graduation in June 2014 she plans to earn a degree in massage therapy.
Key, 18, is the daughter of Brian and Marrianne Key of Milton-Freewater. Her father is a third-generation hay farmer, her brother is starting the fourth generation and her mom is a dental hygienist in Milton-Freewater.
A 4-H member of the Helpful Hands for 12 years, Key has shown at the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days since she was 6 years old, starting with rabbits in first grade, then goats and horses as she got older.
Kralman, 19, is the daughter of Shawn and Ila Kralman of Milton-Freewater. She has an older brother Brandon and a younger sister Brooke, who have grown up on the family farm.
A 2013 graduate of McLoughlin High School, Kralman has been a member of the Blue Mountain Livestock and Stateline Livestock 4-H clubs over the last 8 years and has shown steers at the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days for eight years. She currently attends Blue Mountain Community College and is working toward a degree in radiology as an ultrasound technician.