This won’t be Ryan Frankhouser’s first time at the Grange Fair, but it will be his first time up on the Grandstand stage.
Frankhouser is the leader of Remington Ryde, a bluegrass group that has played all over the country in venues like the Red, White and Bluegrass festival in North Carolina and The New York State Fair.
In years past, the Harrisburg native has traveled to the Grange fairgrounds to enjoy some deep-fried food and take in the sights, but this time he and his band will be reporting for duty.
“We’re looking forward to it, it’s a big deal,” Frankhouser said.
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There will be eight bands performing at the Grandstand this year, a diverse group of talent that ranges from Cassadee Pope, who rose to the top of the country chart with her debut album “Frame by Frame,” to Craig Wayne Boyd, a country singer and former contestant on television’s “The Voice.”
All of the Grandstand performances are free with the $6 daily cost of admission to the fair.
“People are incredulous that they don’t have to buy tickets to these concerts,” Darlene Confer, general manager of the Grange fairgrounds, said.
Live entertainment provides alternatives to what is primarily considered an agriculture fair. Confer said it is important to provide something for everyone, both on and off the stage.
Frankhouser is just happy that bluegrass is being granted a chance to shine.
“When bluegrass gets into a big venue its always good for me,” Frankhouser said.
He and the other Remington Ryde members will intermingle a few comedic skits in between songs to keep things fresh — but kids looking for something truly offbeat should probably check out the Animal Dressing Contest at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Judging Arena.
Confer said children also enjoy the Grange Fair Idol competition, where locals put their vocals to the test.
“That’s so much fun for the kids,” Confer said.
Also sure to please the crowd is the Circus Una Motorcycle Thrill Show, a high-wire act on two wheels, and the annual Tractor and Truck pulls.
This year’s fair will also mark the first time that the facility’s new horse barn is put to use.
Capable of holding up to 150 equines, the grand unveiling of the structure will probably go off without much fanfare.
“I think we’re just going to be launching because there’s so much going on,” Confer said.