MASON COUNTY — The Mason County Fair is taking a chance on something different this year by giving popular local acts the main stage on Wednesday night during fair week.
Wednesday night has typically been reserved for a major country music act but this year the fair has three of those scheduled on different nights with Jerrod Niemann taking the stage at 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11; Pam Tillis taking the stage at 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10. and Georgette Jones (daughter of George Jones and Tammy Wynette) taking the stage at 9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 9.
This “Local Night” at the fair will showcase three popular, local draws — Paul Doeffinger, Bunk Hammer and Joey D and the Dub V’s.
Taking the stage first and at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 8 will be Doeffinger who has performed all over the tri-state area and beyond. Doeffinger stays especially busy in the summer, playing festivals up and down the Ohio River and is popular year round at clubs, weddings and private parties. Doeffinger performs original songs and remixes the classics like “Shakin” by Eddie Money and a certain Jimmy Buffett song which remains near and dear to several lonely hearts. Armed with just a guitar and a cheer for a “team drink” (or two), Doeffinger is sure to have the crowd in a good mood when Bunk Hammer takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. that same night.
Bunk Hammer is a rock and blues band comprised of local talent Steve Thomas, Culley Thomas, Rob Jarrell and Ray Oldaker. Steve says those coming to the fair’s Bunk Hammer show will get straight up “rock and roll” with songs by everyone from Foo Fighters to Ted Nugent. With so much blues and rock and roll coming out of the speakers, there definitely won’t be any slow dancing. The group has been together about seven years, and Steve is one of the founders of the Sweatstock Music Festival (West Virginia’s Best Little Free Festival) coming up on July 14.
Finally, closing out “Local Night” will be Joey D and the Dub V’s taking the stage at 9 p.m. The Dub V’s have gained a real following in the last year - a following that can’t get enough of their variety show of radio rock. The group puts its own spin on songs from Lady Gaga to classics from the 1980’s like “Your Love” by The Outfield. They also perform original songs “The Dub V (or WV) Song” and “Roller Coaster.” The band consists of Joey D, Jeremy Russell, Josh Billings and newest member Dana Gillispie who works out the turntable mixer. The Dub V’s are branching out of Mason County and have been performing in larger cities like Huntington and Parkersburg.
The Mason County Fair remains the largest county fair in the state of West Virginia. The fair starts Aug. 6 and wraps up Aug. 11.