AUGUSTA — Joe Hott will make his triumphant return to a local concert stage to close out the Hampshire County Fair Saturday night, July 27.

Hott, the lanky singer who headed to Nashville a couple years ago, says he’ll perform his No. 1 bluegrass hit from earlier this year, “West Virginia Rail” and debut his latest single, “World of Lies” in the 7:30 and 9 p.m. performances.

Hott says to expect one big difference between his upcoming performances and his last gig at the county fair, in 2016.

“This time we’re bringing the Nashville crew with us to put on a really big show,” he said.

The reconstituted Short Mountain Boys have added a fiddle to go with the banjo, mandolin, guitar and bass that pound out the old-school bluegrass and classic country that Hott has made his mark performing.

“We’ve really upgraded the show,” he said.

The $4 gate admission for Saturday is your ticket to the show.

The fair’s entertainment lineup has a familiar feel to it, starting with Monday’s Miss Hampshire County Fair and Outstanding Teen pageants and Tuesday’s junior pageants.

Wednesday, Hope Christian Church brings back it’s “Hampshire Hee Haw” show for a pair of performances and Thursday has local favorites Raw Country onstage twice after the parade.

The new face is the 3 in 1 Quartet on Friday. The Southern Gospel group that began in Harrisonburg, Va., 3 years ago includes bass Wes Allen, tenor Karol Messick, lead singer Stacy Meyerhoeffer and baritone Allen Roby.

Entries begin pouring into the fairgrounds in just 11 days — Sunday, July 21 — the fair opens its weeklong run the next day.

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