Our story on the now-legendary 1975 KISS concert in Hartland, along with this story on 10 superstars you probably never knew performed in Livingston County, brought forth a flood of memories from our readers on all the great bands and singers who performed at the Fowlerville Fair through the years.
So, to help all those great memories come to life, we went back through the archives of the Livingston County Press and compiled a list of ALL the famous folks who performed at the Fair. We guarantee this will bring back a lot of great memories, and also we guarantee you’ll see at least one name on this list that will make you say, “Wow! I had no idea THEY were in Fowlerville!”
Before you look over the list, here are some things we learned through this research:
- The Fowlerville Fair is 133 years old, and while there’s a chance that some famous person performed there way back in the day, it appears as though the big-name concerts at the fair started in 1973 and ended in 2006. The fair is still a spectacular event, but it no longer hosts famous acts.
- The first famous musical act at the fair was Grandpa Jones in 1973, a country star who was a regular on “Hee Haw.” The fair got away from the famous acts for a few years before bringing them back in 1983 with country star Tom T. Hall.
- The last famous musical act at the fair was Carrie Underwood, who performed in 2006.
- Disclaimer: We did our best to go through all the archives, but if you think there’s an act we might have missed, let us know the performer and the year, and we’ll go back and look for the evidence.
And now, without further ado, here’s the All-Time List of Famous Fowlerville Fair acts:
1973 – Grandpa Jones
1974 – Del Reeves (known for his girl-watching novelty songs of the 1960s, including “Girl on the Billboard”)
1982 – Grandpa Jones
1983 – Tom T. Hall
1985 – Ed Bruce
1986 – Gary Morris
1988 – Janie Fricke (tornado warnings cut short her 1987 appearance, so she returned in 1988)
1989 – Ricky Skaggs, the Buckinghams (oldies group famous for “Kind of a Drag”)
1990 – Tanya Tucker, Billy Joe Royal
1991 – Sawyer Brown, the Bellamy Brothers
1992 – Vince Gill
1993 – Brooks and Dunn; the Oak Ridge Boys
1994 – John Michael Montgomery and Suzy Boguss; Travis Tritt and Lee Roy Parnell
1995 – Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
1996 – Joe Diffie, Tracy Lawrence, Pam Tillis, Shenandoah, Color Me Badd
1997 – LeAnn Rimes, Weird Al Yankovic
1998 – Clint Black, Martina McBride, Sammy Kershaw, Creedence Clearwater Revisited (featuring former members of Creedence Clearwater Revival)
1999 – Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Toby Keith, Michael W. Smith, Sawyer Brown, Jan and Dean, Sha Na Na
2000 – Alabama, REO Speedwagon, Mandy Moore
2001 – Sammy Kershaw, Lorrie Morgan, Foghat, John Kay and Steppenwolf, Molly Hatchet, Vitamin C and No Authority
2002 – Styx, Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels Band, Brad Paisley, Michael W. Smith
2003 – Martina McBride, Gallagher, Alice Cooper
2004 – Randy Travis, Lonestar
2005 – REO Speedwagon, .38 Special, Andy Griggs, Buddy Jewel, Mercy Me
2006 – Carrie Underwood, Foreigner