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A musical tour de fair
Bluegrass singer Lynch among top performers at Georgia Mountain Fair
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Bluegrass singer Claire Lynch is scheduled to perform Saturday at the Georgia Mountain Fair in Hiawassee. - photo by Michael Melnyk


By: Times_Newsroom

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Georgia Mountain Fair

When: Opens at 10 a.m. daily through July 30

Where: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee

How much: Tickets $15-$27 nightly, kids under age 10 free; parking $2, plus fees to other events

Contact: 706-896-4191

Claire Lynch

When: 9:25-10:55 p.m. Saturday

How much: Included in fair admission

With performances from artists like Claire Lynch and the Claire Lynch Band, the Georgia Mountain Fair may be equal parts thrilling rides and musical delights.

Lynch is scheduled to perform at the Hiawassee event at 9:25 p.m. Saturday.

The bluegrass vocalist has accumulated many accolades throughout her career, which spans four decades.

She recently was selected as the International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year for 2010. She has also received numerous Grammy nominations and song of the year awards.

Lynch has released 13 different albums, starting with "Front Porch String Band" in 1981 and concluding most recently with "Whatcha Gonna Do" in 2009.

The singer and songwriter has also performed with such artists as Dolly Parton, Pam Tillis and Linda Ronstadt.

Lynch's performance will be a part of the American Roots and Music Festival set for Saturday at the fair. Other performers include Irons in the Fire, 18 South, The Waybacks, Bearfoot and Larkin Poe.

The music festival will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with a performance by Nelson Thomas, and will conclude with Lynch's set.

Other artists who will be performing at the Georgia Mountain Fair include Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Roy Clark, who will perform Friday, and the Atlanta Rhythm Section, a Southern rock group that will hit the stage Monday.