Fair will include everyone from country stars to SpongeBob

Classic rock, country, comedy, multicultural world beat and family entertainment will all take the stage during this year's Jackson County Fair.

The lineup of performers, announced today by fair officials, includes Ozomatli, Grand Funk Railroad, Sawyer Brown with Bucky Covington, Jason Aldean, Bill Engvall and the Nickelodeon Concert Tour.

Chris Borovansky, manager of the Jackson County Fairgrounds and Exposition Park, said planners worked to include a wide variety of quality shows at affordable prices.

Ozomatli, self-proclaimed "cultural mashers" out of Los Angeles, combine hip hop, salsa, dancehall, samba, meringue, rhythm and blues funk and more. The group will perform Tuesday, July 21. The show is free with fair admission, which costs $8.

Grand Funk Railroad, a classic rock bands with 13 gold and 10 platinum records, brings several founding members and an array of musicians who have played with other groups. The band will perform Wednesday, July 22. Reserved tickets cost $25; lawn seating is $12. Ticket prices include fair admission.

Sawyer Brown, a country band out of Florida that launched a 23-year career by winning Star Search, performs Thursday, July 23. American Idol season five finalist Bucky Covington will open. Reserved tickets cost $25; lawn seating is $12. Ticket prices include fair admission.

Country rocker Jason Aldean was named top new male vocalist at the 2006 Academy of Country Music Awards. He performs Friday, July 24. Reserved tickets cost $25; lawn seating is $12. Ticket prices include fair admission.

Comedian Bill Engvall, best known for his performances on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, brings his brand of country-fried humor to the fair Saturday, July 25. Tickets cost $30 for reserved seating and $20 for lawn seating, and include fair admission.

The Nickelodeon Concert Tour, offered in conjunction with Charter Communications, offers two stage shows on Sunday, July 26, along with the chance to meet several of the network's popular cartoon characters, such as SpongeBob SquarePants. The show is $5, and fair admission is free that day. (See correction below)

Tickets will be available at www.jcfairgrounds.com or www.lithiaamp.org beginning April 23.

— Anita Burke

Correction: The first version of this story included an incorrect admission price. This version has been corrected.

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