2014 Central Wisconsin State Fair Russ Wenzel Grandstand Entertainment


Wednesday, August 27, 2014
 Show starts at 7:30 p.m. - Grandstand opens for seating at 6:00 p.m.
 Reserved Trackside Seating: $17.25* Ticket price does not include gate admission.
*Price includes $.25 ticket outlet fee.

David Nail

Since his debut in 2009, Grammy-nominated artist David Nail has made a career of singing songs that few artists dare touch in contemporary country music: sad songs. He has had hits with singles about cheating (“Let It Rain”), breakups (“Red Light”) and failed dreams (“Turning Home”) and he has owned every one, singing as if from personal experience. After scoring his first No. 1 single with “Let It Rain” from 2011’s critically lauded The Sound of a Million Dreams, the bourbon-smooth singer spent an inordinate amount of time on tour, giving his entire being to country fans. If 2009’s I’m About to Come Alive was a snapshot of David grasping for the stars and The Sound of a Million Dreams captured him struggling with success, then this new album reflects an artist in control of his craft, a man fulfilled. The album’s 11 tracks, four of which were written by the Missouri native, capture, for the first time, the energy of his live performance. “It is a much more upbeat album than I’ve done in the past,” he says. David cites the spontaneous nature of cuts like the album’s lead single, “Whatever She’s Got,” a favorite of wife Catherine. Tracks like “Broke My Heart,” “Burnin’ Bed” and “Lyle County” are similarly infectious, all with deliberate grooves that carry the listener along. “Broke My Heart” has the vibe of a Tom Petty song, “Burnin’ Bed” features a unique staccato delivery from David in its verses, and “Lyle County” boasts sublime harmonies from special guests Little Big Town. The ACM Award-nominated singer’s voice is without peer. To some, he is country music’s Adele, and even covered the British chanteuse’s “Someone Like You” on his 1979 EP to mainstream praise. But while David may have eschewed the piano ballads of influences like Elton John on Album Title TBD, produced by David’s faithful collaborator Frank Liddell, he did make a point to pay tribute to one of his heroes, Glen Campbell. He closes out the album with his version of Campbell’s classic “Galveston,” with help from Lee Ann Womack, who also appeared on The Sound of a Million Dreams. In the end, however, it’s the track “I’m a Fire” that may best define the album and David’s view on where he is in his personal life. For more information on David Nail, please visit www.davidnail.com.


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Thursday, August 28, 2014
 Show starts at 7:30 p.m. - Grandstand opens for seating at 6:00 p.m.
 Reserved Trackside Seating: $17.25* Ticket price does not include gate admission.
*Price includes $.25 ticket outlet fee.

Howie Day with special guests Teddy Geiger, Tyler Hilton & Anna Nalick

Singer-songwriter, Howie Day, began his career as a solo artist in the late 1990s. After sales of over a million albums and two Top 10 hits, Day is back on the road showcasing old favorites as well as new material from his upcoming studio release. Day wrote, financed and released his first effort,

Australia, which was named Best Debut Album at the 2001 Boston Music Awards. After signing with Epic Records, he released his major-label debut, Stop All The World Now, and hit the road to support it. Stop was certified gold in the U.S. and spawned two Top 10 radio hits: “She Says” and the platinum single “Collide.” His next release was, Sound the Alarm. Its lead single “Be There” became a staple at modern AC radio. After parting ways with Epic, Day released the Ceasefire EP on his own label, Daze. Day is currently immersed in the recording process of his fourth studio album which he is crafting with the help of longtime friend and producer Mike Denneen. For more information on Howie Day, please visit www.howieday.com.



Teddy Geiger

Multi-instrumentalist, Teddy Geiger, is a New York-based singer-songwriter/producer who recently released his sophomore album, The Last Fears, worldwide. The album blends traditional pop structure with accents of electronica and ballads tinged with mandolins and steel guitars. Songs such as the anthemic “Shake It Off” which celebrates the iconic spirit of American youth, the soulful and introspective “Home” and others feature an array of world class collaborators such as Larry Campbell of Levon Helm & Bob Dylan fame. The Last Fears is the follow-up to Geiger’s highly acclaimed debut album, Underage Thinking, which entered the 2006 Billboard charts at #8, anchored by the million selling hit, “For You I Will.” Geiger is an in demand songwriter for some of the biggest names in music. He is a featured singer and co-writer on Tiesto’s single “Love & Run” which was a massive track in Summer 2013. He also co-wrote “Little Black Dress” on One Direction’s album Midnight Memories which topped the charts in many countries around the world. For more information on Teddy Geiger, please visit www.teddygeiger.com.


Tyler Hilton

26-year-old singer, songwriter and guitarist, Tyler Hilton, wrote the songs that appear on his new album, The Storms We Share, which was recorded live in the studio, giving it a rich, bright sound that is well-suited to its pop Americana vibe. It includes tracks like “Keep On,” “Somehow,” “This World Will Turn Your Way,” “Sunset Boulevard,” “So Young” and “16th Summer.” But it wouldn’t be a proper Tyler Hilton album without his thoughtful love songs, and “Faithful,” “I’d Rather Be Lonely,” and “Say It Like A Lie” fit the bill. Those tracks were produced by noted studio vet John Alagia (Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer), a personal hero of Hilton’s. Alagia also produced another highlight, “Ain’t A Thing,” which Hilton co-wrote with his friends Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley of Grammy-winning country band Lady Antebellum, whom Hilton used to live with in Nashville. The Storms We Share is a vividly drawn, emotionally resonant snapshot from the years which Hilton spent trying to follow-up his 2004 major-label debut The Tracks of Tyler Hilton. That album, which spawned the Top 40 singles “When It Comes” and “How Love Should Be,” introduced the then-21-year-old Palm Springs, California, native to the public via Warner Bros. Records’ now-defunct label Maverick Records. In 2000, Hilton released a self-titled independent album. He also indulged his other passion, acting, by appearing in The CW’s One Tree Hill and the indie cult favorite Charlie Bartlett and playing Elvis Presley in the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. (Hilton’s songs have been included on the Grammy Award-winning Walk the Line soundtrack and on all three of One Tree Hill’s popular soundtracks.) For more information on Tyler Hilton, please visit www.tylerhilton.com.


Anna Nalick

Anna Nalick is a platinum-selling singer and songwriter from California. In addition to writing all of her own music, Anna has been writing for other artists since the age of 15. Starting in 2005, Anna released her first studio produced album, Wreck of the Day, featuring the hit single “Breathe (2AM)” under the SonyMusic label. The song propelled to the top of the charts and sent Anna on a nearly four year tour around the world. Featuring her third hit single “Shine,” Anna and SonyMusic released The Shine EP. Both Wreck of the Day and the Shine EP can still be heard widely on radio and television today with “Breathe” being featured twice on the hit television drama Grey’s Anatomy. Wanting to pursue a musical style free of label influence, Anna decided to part ways with SonyMusic in 2010 and in 2011, released her first independently produced album Broken Doll & Odds & Ends. Utilizing the unique sounds of toy piano, sitar, glockenspiel, oud, mandocello and sweeping string arrangements, Broken Doll & Odds & Ends features a wide range of instruments, performed by a very talented collection of musicians. Anna’s unique storytelling ability and timeless sense of melody has gained even more notoriety with fans, selling over 30,000 copies during the album’s first month. Presently, Anna is dedicating the majority of her time to writing for her next project. Unlike the acoustic feel of Broken Doll & Odds & Ends, Anna’s next album will be an electric collection of songs, featuring a full band and a bigger sound than previously produced. For more information on Anna Nalick, please visit www.annanalick.com.




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Friday, August 29, 2014
Show starts at 7:30 p.m. - Grandstand opens for seating at 6:00 p.m.
Reserved Trackside Seating: $17.25* Ticket price does not include gate admission.
*Price includes $.25 ticket outlet fee.


The Marshall Tucker Band

Forty-two years ago, The Marshall Tucker Band (MTB) was founded in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The 5x Gold, 3x Platinum-selling Southern Rock group has sold more than 15 million albums to date. MTB songs have been featured in major motion picture films and television series including Blow, The Box, Swing Vote, Half Nelson, Breaking Bad, My Name Is Earl, Cold Case Files and Good Guys. CMT (Country Music Television) named the MTB’s “Can’t You See” the #4 Greatest Southern Rock Song. The MTB’s debut album, The Marshall Tucker Band, reigns as Gibson Guitar’s #5 Greatest Southern Rock Album. Recently, UltimateClassicRock.com crowned the MTB’s “Can't You See” the #1 Greatest Southern Rock song ever recorded. The Marshall Tucker Band is Doug Gray, Lead Vocals; Pat Elwood, Bass Guitar; Rick Willis, Lead Guitars/Vocals; Chris Hicks, Lead and Slide Guitar/Vocals; B.B. Borden, Drums; and Marcus Henderson, Keyboards/Saxophone/Flute/Vocals. For additional information on The Marshall Tucker Band, visit www.marshalltuckerband.com.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014
Show starts at 7:30 p.m. - Grandstand opens for seating at 6:00 p.m.
Reserved Trackside Seating: $17.25* Ticket price does not include gate admission.
*Price includes $.25 ticket outlet fee.

Ronnie Milsap

Six-time Grammy-winning icon, Ronnie Milsap, is one of country music’s most popular and influential performers of the 1970s and 1980s. He became one of the most successful and versatile country “crossover” singers of his time appealing to both country and pop music markets with hit songs that incorporated pop, R&B and rock & roll elements. He compiled 40 #1 country hits. Milsap’s sales accrued eight gold albums; his Greatest Hits made him one of the first acts in any genre to obtain double-platinum status after the RIAA introduced the multi-platinum honor in 1984. Milsap’s hits include #1 record in country and pop “(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me,” another major crossover hit “Smoky Mountain Rain,” his rockin’ 1983 single “Stranger In My House,” classic-rock landmark “We’re An American Band,” and a Top 5 R&B hit “Never Had It So Good.” Milsap nabbed at least one Top 10 single annually for 20 straight years including “Please Don’t Tell Me How The Story Ends,” “Any Day Now,”  Pure Love,” “I’d Be A Legend In My Time,” “Inside,” “Stranger In This House,” “It Was Almost Like A Song” and “Don’t You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me,” to name just a handful. Love and its mysterious nature are, in fact, a thread that has run through much of the material that has set Milsap apart. An unrepentant series of love songs – “What A Difference You’ve Made In My Life,” “Daydreams About Night Things,” “How Do I Turn You On,” “She Keeps The Home Fires Burning,” “What Goes On When The Sun Goes Down” and “A Woman In Love,” among others – became inescapable hits.  March 18, 2014, Milsap’s latest record, Summer Number Seventeen, is scheduled for arrival to coincide with the 40th anniversary of his first #1 hit. For more information on Ronnie Milsap, please visit www.ronniemilsap.com.


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Sunday, August 31, 2014
Show starts at 7:30 p.m. - Grandstand opens for seating at 6:00 p.m.
Green River Ordinance with Special Guest SHEL

Over the decade-long journey from their first incarnation as 13 and 14 year old kids in Fort Worth, Texas to the upcoming release of their latest EP, “Chasing Down The Wind,” Green River Ordinance (GRO) has evolved steadily. Released on June 18, 2013, “Chasing Down The Wind” debuted at #15 on iTunes overall, #1 on the Singer-Songwriter chart, in the Billboard Top 100, #6 on the Billboard Folk chart, #26 on Billboard Rock, and was the #88 most sold album in the country. GRO's intensity and strong fan connection prompted EMI to sign them to Capitol Records and in 2009, the band’s debut album, Out of My Hands, shot to the top of the Billboard charts and catapulted their two singles “Come On” and “On Your Own” into the top 40. GRO has shared stages with acts like Bon Jovi, Train, NEEDTOBREATHE, Zac Brown, Counting Crows and the Goo Goo Dolls among many others. GRO's independent follow up record, Under Fire, propelled by the success of the singles “Dancing Shoes” and “Heart of Me” in both country and Hot AC formats, continued to push the band's national success reaching the Billboard Top 100 chart. Walking the lines of country, rock, pop and folk, GRO is a band that constantly challenges the borders of genre. However as their music continues to mature and change, GRO still holds true to the pursuit of music that speaks to the soul and moves your feet. For more information on Green River Ordinance, please visit www.greenriverordinance.com.



Four sisters, Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza, natives to Fort Collins, Colorado, are a vocal group with outstanding instrumental capabilities and an instrumental group with a thrilling vocal attack. From their fetching, unpredictable songs to their whimsical, hand-made top hats, SHEL makes a profound impression, something they are doing to growing crowds and critical acclaim. In the early 2000s, they starting working up and performing songs with their father. Over time, Eva stepped forward as the lead vocalist. Andrew Holbrook with SHEL became SHEL with Andrew Holbrook—and then just SHEL. Over three years of unhurried experimentation and recording, SHEL completed two EPs and grew immeasurably. Now, their most complete and thought-out work to date is here in the form of a self-titled, debut album. SHEL which includes tracks such as “Tuscany” borrow liberally from their classical training, yet there’s nothing ponderous or unapproachable about them. “The Wise Old Owl” showcases their daring, fanciful vocal arrangements. They revel in strong dynamics, so a single song like “Stained” can grow from airy lace to a driving, white-water rush. They are richly feminine, but they don’t shy from covering Led Zeppelin’s “The Battle of Evermore.” Above all, there’s variety and creativity. Pure acoustic tone is best when it’s best, but if an electric mandolin or special effect is called for, they let the song dictate the production. SHEL has achieved many benchmarks that point to a full and fruitful career ahead. For more information on SHEL, please visit www.shelmusic.com.



WTPA Truck & Tractor Pull
Monday, September 1, 2014 at 12:00 Noon

The Wisconsin Tractor Pullers Association will be hosting a state event at the fair this year. Classes scheduled are: 

Light Pro Tractors

Light Super Stock Tractors


Super Farm Tractors

Pro Stock 4x4 Diesel Trucks


$7.00 (Ages 16+)

$3.00 (Ages 11-15)

Children 10 & under:  Free

Price does not include Gate Admission.

No reserved seating available for WTPA Truck and Tractor Pull.


Sponsored by:

H & S Manufacturing

Dairyland Real Estate

Stratford Sign Company

Big Gain Feeds

CARQUEST Auto Parts of Marshfield

Central Wisconsin Cooperative

Cherokee Garage

Fellenz Custom Field Work

General Farm Supply

Jensen Motors

Kilty Services

Marawood Construction Services

NAPA Auto Parts of Marshfield

Production Plus

Pure Diesel Power

Shaw’s Wrecking Yard

Staab Machine Inc.

Sternweis & Sons


Save your ticket stub for a Free Small Potato Ol’es with any purchase
at Taco John’s



Action Auto Promotions Demolition Derby

Monday, September 1, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

Closing out the fair will be the Action Auto Demolition Derby.

Application forms are available through Action Auto and at the Fair Office.

Come and watch the crazy action and crashes.


$5.00 (Ages 13+)

$1.00 (Ages 6-12)

Children 5 & under: Free

Price does not include Gate Admission.

No reserved seating available for Demo Derby.


Sponsored by:

A & B Process Systems

Doine Excavating


Save your ticket stub for a Free Small Potato Ol’es with any purchase
at Taco John’s




Trackside Seating

Trackside seats for Central Wisconsin State Fair musical acts will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014.

City of Marshfield ordinance requires anyone consuming alcohol to
remain in the designated Beer Garden area or in the designated
grandstand seating area during grandstand performances.

Alcohol is not
allowed in the reserved trackside seating area during grandstand

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