It's time once again for the Barnstable County Fair. The down-home fair that draws tens of thousands to the Cape Cod Fairgrounds (formerly the Barnstable County Fairgrounds) in Falmouth starts Monday, July 20 and goes through Sunday, July 26. In addition to the midway rides, games, farm animals, demolition derby, exhibits and carnival fare, the Barnstable County Fair draws recognizable names to its main stage.
This year, in addition to two country solo artists (Craig Wayne Boyd and Jason Michael Carroll), Fran Cosmo, former lead singer of Boston, and Three Dog Night will perform. The Willis Clan, a talented band of Irish and country-inspired musicians will round out the schedule with two main stage performances on Sunday, one at 4 p.m. and one at 7 p.m.
The Willis Clan hails from outside of Nashville, Tennessee. Mom Brenda, dad Toby and their twelve children (all with first names beginning with "J") are all talented musicians and dancers who keep a busy tour schedule (before playing in Falmouth, the family will appear in Wheaton, IL and after the Barnstable County Fair, they are off to Troy, PA). The Willis Clan has even performed on the storied stage of the Grand Old Opry. The family made it to the quarterfinals of America's Got Talent in during Season 9 in 2014.
The family also has a their own reality series on TLC, the former home of the Duggars and their 19 Kids and County series.
In past years, acts such as the Little River Band, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, the Gin Blossoms, the Village People and American Idol finalist Bucky Covington have played the fair's main stage.
The 171st Barnstable County Fair runs Monday, July 20 through Sunday, July 26 at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds, 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway in East Falmouth.