Singer’s death prompts change to Interstate Fair and Exposition lineup
PARKERSBURG — Organizers of the West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition are regrouping following the death of a main act at the 2018 show.
Country singer Daryle Singletary died Monday at home in Lebanon, Tenn. He was 46 years old.
Singletary was booked for the fair on July 20, said Harold Taylor, head of the entertainment committee for the interstate fair in Mineral Wells. He thought the 2018 show lineup was finished until he received word of Singletary’s death on Monday.
“Now I got to start over,” he said.
News outlets are reporting the cause of death has yet to be determined. He performed the past weekend in concerts in Dadeville, Ala., and in Lafayette, La.
His hit songs include “Too Much Fun” and “Amen Kind of Love.” “I Let her Lie” and “Amen Kind of Love” reached No. 2 on the Hot Country Songs charts. “Too Much Fun” reached No. 4.
The singer, who was inspired by Ricky Skaggs and George Jones, is survived by his wife, Holly, and four children.
Singletary was scheduled for 8 p.m. July 20. Band of Brothers, a local act, is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the main stage.
A replacement act will be scheduled as soon as possible, Taylor said.
The Interstate Fair and Exposition will be held July 15-21 at the fairgrounds off Butcher Bend Road in Mineral Wells.
Besides entertainment, livestock shows and pageants, also scheduled are a carnival, ATV events including a drag race and mud bog, a dog show, diaper derbies, truck pulls, a watermelon-eating contest, a rodeo and karaoke.
The other acts in the entertainment schedule at present are Adam Calvert at 8:30 p.m. July 17 and Thunderstruck, an AC-DC tribute band, at 7 p.m. July 19.
The Saturday night show on July 21 starts at 7 p.m. with Ryan Cain & T.E. Ables, then the sister duo Presley & Taylor at 8:30 p.m.
Presley & Taylor has performed with Martina McBride, Bucky Covington and Janie Fricke and is a regular performer at Tootsies Orchid Lounge, The Palm and the Hard Rock Cafe, among others.