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McCreery tickets selling fast

Country artist to perform at fair Aug. 23

PRINCETON — Tickets are selling fast for this summer's Bureau County Fair concert, featuring young country artist Scotty McCreery on Thursday, Aug 23. Those who haven't yet purchased tickets are encouraged to act fast.

The fair's entertainment committee is excited to bring in McCreery, who was the winner of American Idol's 2011 season. McCreery, now 24, made history when he became the youngest male artist of any genre, and the first country music artist ever to have his debut album enter at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

"The younger folks are hearing him on the radio, and everybody else probably followed him on American Idol. Scotty McCreery is really, truly that household name that we were looking for. It was really a perfect match when we booked him," said Fair Concert Director Kyle Burrows.

Burrows said McCreery continues to climb the chart with his singles, "This Is It" and "Five More Minutes." He added that since the entertainment committee made the decision to book McCreery, they've watched him grow as an artist, and continue to keep an eye on his hit singles.

"We think it's exciting. By the time fair gets here, we're looking forward to seeing how much his show has grown and how much he's grown (as a performer)," Burrows said.

"I think we will see a high energy show and it will be exciting to see someone from television right here in Princeton."

Burrows said McCreery's show will be family-friendly. He urges those who haven't been to a fair concert in long time, or haven't ever been to purchase a ticket and come out and see what the concert has to offer.

"From what I have experienced, (McCreery) is a genuinely nice guy. I think he enjoys playing county fairs and interacting with his crowds. I think we are in for a really fun night, one where we can just sit back, relax and watch a high energy show, that quite honestly, I don't think will be played around here after our date," Burrows said.

"I encourage people to take the opportunity and come spend an evening with us."

McCreery's debut album, "Clear As Day," was certified Platinum in 2011 and sold 1 million units in just 13 weeks, becoming the best-selling solo album released by a country artist in 2011. The singles, "I Love You This Big" and "The Trouble with Girls" were also certified platinum. McCreery won the New Artist of the Year Award at both the Academy of Country Music Awards and the American Country Awards, and also received the CMT Award for Breakthrough Video of the Yard for "The Trouble with Girls."

In 2012, Christmas with Scotty McCreery debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Holiday Albums chart and was certified Gold. His album from 2013, "See You Tonight," debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, and "See You Tonight" and "Feelin' It" both reached the Top 10 and were certified Platinum and Gold, respectively. "See You Tonight" earned McCreery his first BMI Award for writing one of the Top 50 Country Songs of 2015.

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