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Shown is the wall at the Barton County Fair featuring photos of the many acts that have performed at the fair in the past 25 years. Many went on to become nationally known. - photo by DIANE LACY-TROSTLE Great Bend Tribune

 This marks the silver anniversary of the Barton County Fair. One of the staples over the 25 years has been the myriad of musical acts that have graced the stage evenings during the annual event.

Reading through the list of performers, it is difficult not to recognize many of the names. 

Many have gone on to become national stars, some even household names. Many had already enjoyed decades of acclaim.

There is a portion of a wall in Expo I dedicated to these entertainers. It features photos  and other memorabilia.

Below is a list of the acts and the years they were here provided by fair officials:


38 Special (rock)

John Conley (country)


Cheyenne West Entertainment and Quality Music Center

Barton County Kix Band 

Riders In The Sky (country)

Lou Diamond Phillips and the Pipefitters (rock)


DeLisa Dawn Jones (country)

Holly Dunn (country)

Fox Brothers with special guest Melody Boys (gospel)


Bill Haley’s Comets (rock)

Fox Brothers (gospel)

Perfect Strangers (country)

Jerry Reed (country)


The Foster Band and the Traveling Band (gospel)

Two for the Show (Comedy)

Phillips, Craig and Dean (Christian)

British Invasion – Tribute to the Beatles (rock)

Tracey Lawrence (country)


Phillips, Craig and Dean (Christian)

Two for the Show (Comedy)

Collin Raye (country)


Kenny Chesney w/Special Guest Karen Breiner (country)

Sierra with special guest Joyful Noise (gospel)

The Benders (rock)

Streetside (Contemporary)


The Benders (rock)

The Calhouns with special guest Joyful Noise (gospel)

The Great Divide with special guest Ashley and Alexia with guest Ellisa Irwin (country)


The Benders (rock)

Sherrie Austin with special guest Keith Urban (country)


Brian Howe former lead singer of Bad Company (rock)

Gary Allen with special guest Darryl Worley (country)


Liverpool Tribute to the Beatles (rock)

Rascal Flatts with special guest Dusty James Powell (country)


Carl Acuff Jr. and the Beach Bums (country comedy)

Pastense (gospel)

Emerson Drive with special guest Chalee Tennison (country)


The Isaacs with special guest The Smokey Hill River Boys (Christian)

Jimmy Wayne with special guest Against the Grain (country)

Head East with special guest Second Nature (rock)

Stone Forest (rock)


Andy Chrisman with special guest Blake Aaron (country)

Restless Heart with special guest Heather Shelly (rock)


Crossroads (Christian)

Andy Griggs with special guest Renegade (country)

Jimmy Van Zant (rock)


Little Texas with special guest LoCash Cowboys (country)

Foghat with special guest 12 Years Coming (rock)


Mark Schultz with special guest The Big Picture (Christian)

Eric O’Shea with special guest Bryan Reynolds  (comedy night)

Survivor with special guest Drew 6 (rock)


Matthew West with special guest Jeni Varnadeau (Christian)

Victory 8 (rock)

Danielle Peck w/ Jerrod Niemann (country)


7 Bridges (rock)

Eastin Corbin with special guest Logan Mize (country)

Mark Schultz (Christian)


Change of Heart Tribute to Heart (rock)

Sanctus Real (Christian)

Craig Campbell with special guest James Wesley (country)


Cloverton (Christian)

Hells Bells Tribute (rock)

The McClymonts (country)


Building 429 (Christian)

Josh Gracin (country)

Tribute to Bob Seger, Guns and Roses, and Bon Jovi (rock)


Audio Adrenaline (Christian)

Parmalee with Special Guest The Jared Daniels Band (country)

Special Forces Tribute to 38 Special (rock)

Double Vision Tribute to Foreigner (rock)


Kutless (Christian)

Gloriana with Special Guest State Line Drive (country)

Killer Queen Tribute to Queen (rock)

Landslide Tribute to Fleetwood (rock)


Sidewalk Prophets (Christian)

Stoney LaRue with Special Guest Forgotten Highway (country)

Hells Bells Tribute to AC DC with Special  Guest The Banned (rock)