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Country music, animal sales highlight this weekend at the fair

So, you haven't made it to the 2003 Lawrence County Fair yet?

Don't sweat it, because the best is yet to come.

Three country music acts, including national recording artist Ricochet, will grace the grandstand Friday night.

Ricochet, which formed in 1993, has produced three nationally circulated albums, "Ricochet," Blink of an Eye," and "What you Leave Behind." From those albums, the band has produced three top 10 singles, two top 20 singles and six more top 40 singles. "What Do I Know?" was the highest charting debut single of 1996, and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard charts. Another single, "Daddy's Money," spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard country music charts.

Ricochet is the only country music group to record the National Anthem and have it reach the charts. Because of this, the band is among the country's most requested singers of the National Anthem and have performed the song for NASCAR Winston Cup Evens, Major League Baseball, National Football League and National Hockey League games and PBR and PRCA Professional Rodeo Events.

The band has also garnered numerous awards, including Top New Vocal Group from the Academy of Country Music (1996), Top New Country Artists,

 Billboard Magazine (1996) and Group of the Year, Radio & Records Reader's Poll (1996). Ricochet has been nominated for several other renowned country music awards.

In addition to eight nationally broadcast, high rotation videos, Ricochet has made repeated national network television appearances including "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Prime Time Country," "The Grand Ole Opry," "Crook & Chase," "The Academy of Country Music Awards," The CMA Awards" and more.

Ricochet, which will perform at 9 p.m. Friday, conists of Greg Cook, vocals

and bass, Shannon Farmer, vocals, steel guitar, lap steel and guitar, Marty Mitchell, vocals and drums, Heath Wright, lead vocals and lead guitar, and Dwayne Dupuy, vocals and keyboards.

Local performers Tony Ramey and Howie and Karisa Damron will take the stage before Ricochet, at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. respectively.

Also this weekend, 4-H and FFA members will put their projects on the auction block as the annual market animal sales hits the show arena. Small animals and tobacco projects sell beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, and large animals sell beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Last year, a record number of buyers showed up to purchase animals, said Laura Jane Murphy, Lawrence County 4-H extension agent.

"We are hoping the community will show our kids support for the job they've done with these animals," she said.