This year’s Crawford County Fair will have two nights for country and gospel music lovers.
Two bands will perform at the 2015 Crawford County Fair, set for Sept. 14-19 at Kirksey Park in Mulberry.
Heavens 2 Betsy, winners of the Arkansas State Fair Youth Talent Contest, will perform county, blues, gospel and rock Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. The Waldrop family will perform live gospel music at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16.
Heavens 2 Betsy has been performing since May 2013.
The band is made up of a group of high school kids from Greenwood that met at a junior high school talent show and was just the right mix to take the region by storm.
Making up the group are Rylee Bagwell, 16, on vocals and rhythm guitar; Nate Garvey - also called "the string master," 17, on banjo, mandolin and guitar; Matt Branum, 17, on guitar; and Lucas Wisner, 16, on drums.
The Waldrop Family consists of four members; Bobby Waldrop, Andrea Smither, Tiffany Waldrop and Chad Waldrop.
Previous generations of Waldrops were known as The Gospel Minstrels. After the group’s founders had died or retired, Bobby Waldrop and his children decided that they could strike out on their own.
The group performs southern gospel, bluegrass and Christian country.
Made up of a family from Alma, the group travels from state to state to spread the gospel through word and song.
Bobby Waldrop plays the piano and sings lead as well as harmony vocals. Smither and Tiffany Waldrop also sing lead and harmony.
Chad Waldrop runs the sound for the group, performs beatbox and is learning to sing bass.
Both performances are free with entry to the fair. Wednesday night has free entry with one canned food item, which will be donated to a local food bank.