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2021 Menard County Fair

For Embargoed Release on Friday April 2, 2021 at 8 AM:

Event: Parker McCollum

Date & Times: Friday July 23, 2021 | Gates open at 7:00 PM | Music starts at 8:00 PM

Location: Menard County Fairgrounds | 18450 Fairgrounds | Petersburg, IL

Petersburg, IL (April 2, 2021) – The Menard County Fair Board is proud to announce, country music artist Parker McCollum is coming to the 2021 Menard County Fair on July 23, 2021 with Josh Abbott Band opening the show! The concert will take place at the Menard County Fairgrounds in Petersburg. Gates will open at 7:00 PM and the show will begin at 8:00 PM. Tickets will go on sale on April 9, 2021 at 8 AM. Tickets and more information available at

About Parker McCollum – A singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and dedicated road warrior, Parker McCollum began building a following in his native Texas with 2015's The Limestone Kid. The album track "Meet You in The Middle" became a hit on Texas' regional radio chart — no small feat for an independent, 22-year-old musician — but it was the album's widely-acclaimed follow-up, Probably Wrong, that helped Parker find national success. Compared to John Mayer and Jason Isbell by Rolling Stone, Parker supported the album with a string of sold-out shows, bringing record-breaking crowds to venues like San Angelo's RiverStage and two sold-out Billy Bob’s along the way.

Born in Conroe, TX, and currently based in Austin, the 28-year-old entrepreneurially spirited artist bridges the gap between Texas' homegrown music scene and Nashville's country-industry headquarters. His songwriting, which has been hailed by The Austin Chronicle for "carrying on the traditions of Texas music without pretension or referring to pickup trucks," earned him a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Nashville in May 2018 and a recording deal with Universal Music Group Nashville in June 2019.

Parker just released his new EP, Hollywood Gold, which is named after a horse his grandfather owned decades ago. Hollywood Gold includes Parker’s debut single “Pretty Heart” which has already cracked Top 10 on the country radio chart averaging almost 4 Million streams a week and was recently certified Gold. Parker has been named an artist to watch by Rolling Stone, Billboard, SiriusXM, CMT and more with American Songwriter noting, “The Texas native teeters on the edge of next-level superstardom, taking cues from rule breakers like Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves. 2020 will be his long-overdue breakout”

About Josh Abbott Band – Thanks to its inherently upbeat and singable material, Josh Abbott Band has become one of the leading acts in Texas music, winning four trophies in the inaugural Texas Regional Radio Awards. But JAB has national cred to boot – it’s landed three singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart – including “Oh, Tonight,” the first charted track to feature Grammy-winning Kacey Musgraves – and nabbed a Top 10 album with the 2012 release Small Town Family Dreams and reached No. 12 with the 2014 EP Tuesday Night. The six-piece ensemble is releasing its most ambitious project to date with the 2015 album Front Row Seat, a song cycle that follows a relationship from first meeting through its euphoric rise to a difficult breakup and contemplative aftermath. The release is accompanied by a national tour that takes the band to some of America’s most iconic country clubs.

About Menard County Fair – The Board of Directors of Menard County Fair, Inc. is committed to producing a successful fair which promotes and advances the interest of agriculture, community development, and provides quality entertainment. We encourage appropriate use of our facilities and strive to explore all avenues in which the fairgrounds can serve the educational and entertainment needs of our community. The Menard County Fair presents an opportunity for all members of our community, as well as neighboring communities, to exhibit their special skills and hard work. The fair is a celebration of the special qualities of life in Menard and surrounding counties. We are happy to provide the youth of our community an event and venue to showcase their talents through 4-H, FFA, and other means. The fair board is committed to the operation of the fairgrounds facilities for both public and private events, in a responsible manner which generates economic stimulation and tourism development in Menard County. The fair board, staff, and many volunteers welcome you and encourage you to enjoy all aspects of the fair.

Find out more about the fair and the concert by visiting or by following them on Facebook @menardcountyfair.

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