Youth Fair officials have announced the 2019 Berrien County Youth Fair lineup of entertainment acts for Berrien County’s premier summer youth showcase! The BCYF entertainment committee is excited to bring you the award winning country group, The Eli Young Band, on Wednesday, August 14 with special guest performer Paul Erdman.  Demolition fans will be pleased when TWO nights of destruction come to town.  An all truck derby on Thursday the 15th and an all car derby on Friday the 16th.  Time honored favorite, the Tractor Pull, will return on Monday, August 12, but with a new twist!  This year, the pull will be a NTPA regional event featuring super farm, mini rods, and hot farm classes.  The ever popular Circus Continental will return on Tuesday, August 13 and Bullmania on August 17 respectively.

Welcomed by 97.5 Y Country, Wednesday, August 14, will feature award winning country group, the Eli Young Band with special guest performer, Paul Erdman!

The Eli Young Band has always been unique in modern Country music – a true band of brothers who play their own instruments, write their own songs and cling fast to their Texas roots. They’d even go so far as to call themselves “misfits,” but with their fourth major label album, FINGERPRINTS (The Valory Music Co.), they’re finally embracing what makes them different once and for all.

“With 17 years of experience comes a little bit of wisdom and freedom in knowing who you are,” says lead singer Mike Eli. “And what you’re really good at.”

Although their sound has evolved over time, what they’re good at has always been the same – organic, live-show focused Country dripping with authenticity and perfected in clubs, amphitheaters and stadiums from coast to coast.

Eli founded the band with guitarist James Young, bassist Jon Jones and drummer Chris Thompson at the University of North Texas in 2000, building a grass-roots fanbase that propelled each of their previous three albums into the Top 5 of Billboard’s Country Albums chart, with 2014’s 10,000 TOWNS bowing at No. 1.

Three No. 1 singles gave the band an edgy, romantically-charged identity (“Crazy Girl,” “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” and “Drunk Last Night”). Their stable of hits collected Platinum and Multi-Platinum certifications that lead to Grammy and CMA Award nominations, Billboard Awards and an ACM trophy for Song of the Year (“Crazy Girl”). All of these accolades combined with their loyal fanbase and successful touring have resulted in over 500 million streams of their career catalogue.

Returning for two nights of destruction, derby promoter TNT Demolition Derby, will again split classes up for 2019.  Thursday, August 15, welcomed by WSJM Sports and presented by Honor Credit Union, will feature trucks, small SUV’s and trucks, gut n’ go mini vans, as well as power wheels.  Friday, August 16, welcomed by ROCK 107 WIRX, will feature big car limited weld, gut n’ go FWD compact car bonestock build, bumper swap, and the kid-friendly favorite, power wheels!

Saturday, August 17, welcomed by 97.5 Y-Country and presented by Brookfield Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, the fans will have a chance to be entertained by the always popular Bullmania which always includes crowd favorite bull riding and kid favorite, mutton busting.  This night is always fun for all that attend!

The rest of the BCYF Grandstand lineup includes the favorite weekly opener of the Truck and Tractor Pull, but with a new twist.  This year’s pull, which will be held on Monday, August 12 at 7 pm will be an NTPA regional event and will feature Super Farm, Mini Rods and Hot Farm pulls.  The event is presented by Miles Truck Services Inc., and Belman Oil and welcomed by WSJM Sports.

Tuesday, August 13 is the ever-popular Kids Day that will feature three FREE shows by Circus Continental in the grandstand, welcomed by 98.3 The Coast.  Circus Continental has been entertaining kids and adults alike for many years at the Berrien County Youth Fair.  Don’t miss out on this family and wallet friendly show.

Tickets for grandstand shows go on sale WEDNESDAY, March 27, 2019 at 9:00 am at the Fair office, online at www.bcyf.org or by phone at 269-473-1500 (ticket fees do not include gate admission).

The Berrien County Youth Fair is celebrating their 74th year in existence with the theme of “Country Nights, Carnival Lights” from August 12-17, 2019.