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VIDEO | Washington County Fair’s clever announcement for Friday night headliner

April 6, 2022 – Washington Co., WI – There was a bit of clever theatre behind the much-awaited Friday night headliner announcement for this year’s Washington County Fair.  One of the crew from the Fair Park’s maintenance department, Keith Martin, teamed with executive director Kellie Boone to build excitement, make an entrance…. and then get kicked off the stage.

“I even had on a fake mullet,” said Martin. “I told Kellie, if we’re going to do this, we’re going to do it right… and I’m getting a mullet.”


Amazon helped make that prop happen.

Martin resurrected his high school guitar from his days as a Bay View High School Red Cat and he channeled the band Poison and Bret Michaels.

“I played guitar for many years and trumpet in high school,” Martin said. “I played the first chord from one of his songs… and stuck with that.”

Fair Park
Keith Martin on the left… aka C-team

Martin and Boone did three takes to get it right.

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“The toughest thing was the angle with the lighting,” he said. “It was a blast. I don’t think anybody has even realized it was me.”


Martin said, the team at the Fair Park has had fun with it. “And that mullet has been floating around here too,” he said.

Questioned if he could have a Fair Park, hard rock band… what would it be called?

“The C-team,” he said. “Not quite good enough for the A-team but good enough for the C-team.”

The 164th Annual Washington County Fair kicks off Tuesday, July 26 and runs through Sunday, July 31.

A full schedule of events can be found at wcfairpark.com/Fair/ VIP Reserved Seating tickets will go on sale for AIS Members on Friday April 8, 2022, at 9 a.m. and to the public on Thursday, April 14 at 9 a.m.

General Admission to the Fair includes Lawn Seating at no additional cost. For VIP Reserved Seating that includes General Admission to the Fair, ticket prices range from $35 to $40.
Want to Have Access to Pre-Sale Tickets?

Join AIS! The Washington County Agricultural & Industrial Society (AIS) is a non-profit member organization that oversees the daily operations of Fair Park. Included in all memberships is first-hand knowledge and pre-sale opportunities to events at Fair Park and the Washington County Fair.

Click HERE for more information on becoming an AIS Member.

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