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The Band Perry delights country fans at the Ohio State Fair

Emily Tara / Oller reporter

“Walk me down the middle of the county fair / Walk me down the middle like you don’t care.”

These lyrics from The Band Perry raised applause Thursday at the Ohio State Fair when Kimberly Perry sang “Walk Me Down the Middle” after introducing her siblings and bandmates to the crowd.

Country singer Dustin Lynch took the stage at the Celeste Center around 7 p.m., opening for The Band Perry, which came on stage at about 8 p.m.

Not all the seats of the venue were filled, but about 4,000 tickets for the show were sold at $28 per ticket.

Some attendees, such as Kristen Robinson, a 28-year-old of Worthington, Ohio, said the show was enjoyable and “exciting.”

“The lead singer is getting everyone involved by doing a few cover songs,” Robinson said.

The band was playing covers for songs by Queen and Tom Petty in addition to its own songs.

Kristen Chance, a 17-year-old of Hilliard, Ohio, met the band and took photos with it before the show.

“They were really nice,” she said. “I thought the show was great.”

It seemed fans of all ages attended the show, including 5-year-old Kate Brooker of Pomeroy, Ohio, who wore a fur-lined white cowgirl hat with flashing lights. The pigtailed fan said this was the second concert she has seen at the fair. She added shyly that she enjoyed the show.

Siblings Kimberly, Neil, and Reid Perry, who make up The Band Perry, have been performing together since they were children, but The Band Perry was not formally created until 2005.

The band was nominated for “Best New Artist” at the 2012 54th Grammy awards, and its platinum namesake album was nominated as “Top Country Album” of the year.

The Band Perry’s sophomore album is scheduled for release later this year.


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