June 26, 2013 — It seems like everything in Carter County is getting bigger and better this year.
Festivities at the Carter County Fairgrounds this weekend are no exception.
Carter County Thunder, in its seventh year, is expanding to two days with musical performances by three headline-caliber acts — Sundy Best, Weston Burt and Chris Janson.
Local favorites Morgan McGlone, Mallory Aronhalt and Kyle Fields will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday. Headliner Sundy Best will follow.
"Carter County Thunder is only possible thanks to the generous support of over 100 community sponsors,” said Lincoln Theinert, Thunder organizer. “This year’s concert is one of the most exciting yet. Both major acts on Saturday still have a song steadily climbing the current Billboard Country Air Play chart. I also anticipate a large crowd on Friday evening as the Headline act Sundy Best has simply exploded in popularity regionally."
The added expense of expanding to a two-day event caused considerable concern for organizers.
“We put a great deal of thought into how to handle the much increased costs of a two-day schedule,” Theinert said. “There will be a $5 admission charge on Friday night only. This was a decision that was not taken lightly. However, Saturday remains 100 percent free of charge.”
Friday’s Carter County Thunder concert by Sundy Best will not include fireworks or inflatables for children, he noted.
The festivities on Saturday will include free admission and inflatables, two national headline acts, Weston Burt and Chris Janson, and a free fireworks show after dark.
Music begins at 6 p.m. Saturday with Dustin Burchett and SouthernGround.
Last year’s event featured Diamond Rio, but attendance was held back due to record heat the day of the event.
A heavy windstorm the night before almost took down the band’s stage.
Theinert is hoping for better weather this year. Gates open at 6 p.m. on Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday.
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