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Fair concert season opens at Merced Fair
Morris Day
Morris Day & The Time will perform at the Merced County Fair on June 7.

The Merced County Fair is gearing up for its 2019 run from June 5-9. The goal of this year’s entertainment line-up is to get visitors on the dance floor, said Merced Fair CEO Teresa Burrola.

“These past couple of years tribute shows have been a huge hit at our fair bringing the community out for a fun night of singing and dancing,” said Burrola. “So we are keeping with that trend and bringing more live tributes of popular artists that we think our community will love. Not only do we get to hear these amazing tributes, but we’re thrilled to bring two great artists that will get the crowd on their feet.”

All concerts start at 8:30 p.m. and shows are free with paid fair admission, which is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under with children 5 and under free. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the Fair Administration office during regular office hours. The Merced County fairgrounds are located at 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Merced.

June 5 — James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash

For more than a decade, James Garner and his band have faithfully recreated Johnny Cash’s biggest hits with stunning accuracy in a show that walks the line.

June 6 — Country Artists Tribute to Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean

The Country Artists Tribute show was put together in 2014 by Frank Garrett, owner of Reno Vegas Entertainment, to bring the songs of country’s most popular artists to the masses.

June 7 — Morris Day & The Time

The Time, a vibrant funk band that formed in Minneapolis in 1981, was the brainchild of Prince, who put the group together as an outlet for his funkier leaning. The band is fronted by the colorful and charismatic Morris Day and features a talented cast of players.

June 8 — Canaan Smith

This up and coming country singer and songwriter has a talent for telling life’s story through his music; whether that’s painting a portrait of a burgeoning relationship in the hit single “Love You Like That” or honoring the memory of his brother in the powerful title track “Bronco,” Smith knows how to draw listeners into his world.

June 9 — Gracie as Jenni

Since 2012, Graciela “Gracie” Monico has been spreading joy by paying tribute to Jenni Rivera.