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Musician Adam Calvert returns to Franklin County Fair

Musician Adam Calvert returns to Franklin County Fair

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Franklin County Fair opens Sunday, July 8, at the fairgrounds on Warm Spring Road near Chambersburg.

Admission is free to the event, which continues through Saturday, July 15, but there is a $5 parking fee per vehicle.

Entertainment on Thursday will be Adam Calvert, who returns to the fair stage after first performing there in 2017. Calvert appeared on MTV’s “Taking the Stage” in 2011, and was the new face of Rue 21 Carbon Elements Cologne in 2010.

An Ohio native, Calvert has been singing since the age of 5 and graduated from the School of Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio, as a vocal and piano major in 2011.

Last week, Calvert, who is performing in the Gulf Shores, Ala., took some time to answer some questions via email for What’s NXT.

WN: You’re going to be at the Franklin County Fair in Chambersburg, Pa., on Thursday, July 12. This is your second time there? 

AC: Yes. We were there last year and are fortunate to be invited back! They are a great group of folks and showed great hospitality.

WN: What can we expect at this year’s show at the fair?

AC: You can expect a high-energy and interactive show! We love to play for all ages featuring classic country, new country, classic rock and some of my originals.

WN: You perform covers and originals? — Who are some of your favorite artists to cover?

AC: I love to cover high energetic artists such as Brantley Gilbert, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan

WN: Take me back a little bit to when you started singing? You were 5? What attracted you to singing?

AC: Listening to music on the radio and seeing the joy on people’s faces that music brings.

WN: Who were your early musical influences?

AC: (Country singers) Keith Whitley and Neil McCoy.

WN: When did you add songwriting to your repertoire?

AC: I started writing songs at an early age but I didn’t really take it seriously until I was 15. When I was at the school of performing arts in Cincinnati, Ohio, I learned a lot which took my writing skills to a new level,

WN: It’s been a while since you were on MTV’s “Taking the Stage,” but do you still get recognized and remembered for that?

AC: I still get recognized from ‘Taking The Stage.’ I still play at a few venues in Cincinnati where I’m able to reconnect with fans.

WN: You’re a member of the Wheeling (W.Va.) Jamboree, which dates back to 1927, and includes musicians such as Grandpa Jones, Merle Haggard, Mel Tillis, Conway Twitty, Tammy Wynette and Barbara Mandrell. That must have been quite an honor for you.

AC: It was an honor to get the same title as Brad Paisley and other fantastic musicians.

WN: Tell me a little bit about your program, the “Gift of Music.”

AC: Started signing to help out at benefits. The Gift of Music is a program that sends people that are struggling with any type of health problems to see their favorite artist in concert. We are still working on the program but we are very excited about it. 

WN: Is there anything else you’d like to mention?

AC: I feel blessed to get to travel all over the world playing country music. I love seeing the smiles on people’s faces that my music brings.

If you go ...

WHAT: Adam Calvert at Franklin County Fair
WHEN: 7 and 8:15 p.m. Thursday, July 12
WHERE: Franklin County Fairgrounds, 3275 Warmspring Road, Chambersburg, Pa.
COST: Admission is free; parking costs $5 per vehicle 

2018 Franklin County Fair schedule

Sunday, July 8
  • 6 p.m. - 45th Annual Vesper Service
  • Food stands open, but no rides will be available
Monday, July 9
  • 6 p.m. - Franklin County Fair Little Miss Contest and 4-H/FFA Stockman's Contest
  • 6:30 p.m. - Truck and tractor pull. Classes will include 7,700-pound Light LMT Turbo, 1850 Small Block Min 13,500-pound Farm Stock, 11,000 Hot Farm, 3.0 Diesel 4X4
  • 7 p.m. - Franklin County Fair Princess Contest and 4-H/FFA Dairy Judging
  • 8 p.m. - Franklin County Fair Queen Contest
Tuesday, July 10
  • 9 a.m. - 4-H Dairy Round-up
  • 5 p.m. - 4-H/FFA Junior Steer Show
  • 7 p.m. - Skid loader contest
  • 7:30 p.m. - David King concert and baked goods sale
Wednesday, July 11
  • 5 p.m. - Youth goat show
  • 6 p.m. - Antique tractor pull
  • 6:15 p.m. - Talent contest check-in
  • 7 p.m. - Talent contest
Thursday, July 12
  • 6 p.m. - All-breed show
  • 7 p.m. - Side-by-side/ATV pull
  • 7 and 8:15 p.m. - Adam Calvert 
  • 7:30 p.m. - 4-H/FFA Dairy Showmanship Contest
Friday, July 13
  • 6 p.m. - Karaoke check-in
  • 7 p.m. - Truck and tractor pull, classes will include; 10,000-pound. Pro Farm, 1,850-pound. Big Block Mini, 4,500-pound Small Block 4 x 4 Trucks, 7,800-pound. Modified, 8,500-pound Modified Turbo
  • 7:30 p.m. - 4-H/FFA dairy showmanship contest and karaoke contest
Saturday, July 14
  • 10 a.m. - Youth Barnyard Olympics
  • 2 p.m. - Cornhole tournament
  • 7 p.m. - Demo derby
  • 7 and 8:30 p.m. - Brush Fire 

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