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Fair Kick-off Concert


Featuring Confederate Railroad with Opening Act Shane Martin Band

Beer Garden + Food Vendors

Tuesday August 6
7:00 pm
Tickets: VIP $30 / General Admission $20
All ages

Buy tickets Reduced price early bird tickets will be available starting at 9am on May 10!

promo photos of Confederate Railroad and Shane Martin


VIP $30 / General Admission $20

Reduced price early bird tickets will be available starting at 9am on May 10!

Buy tickets

diagram showing VIP area closest to stage and General Admission area in bleachers behind VIP


Public parking for the Carver County Fair Kick-Off Concert is available for free on the city streets in Waconia. Parking is also available for a fee in the lots outlined in this map. Public parking is not available on the Fairgrounds.


Enter the fairgrounds via Gate 3 on Cherry Street and proceed to the Main Grandstand Gate for entrance to the Concert Area.


Outside Food and Beverage is prohibited on the fairgrounds and inside the Grandstand Concert Area. Concessions are available for purchase during the concert.


Recording of the concert performance is prohibited.

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(8 available)

  • 50 VIP concert tickets
  • 4' × 3' banner space above stage


(8 available)

  • 30 VIP concert tickets
  • 3' × 3' banner space on side of stage


(40 available)

  • 10 VIP concert tickets
  • 2' × 1½' banner space on fence to side of stage


diagram showing the location of the sponsor banner spaces


Confederate Railroad first rolled onto the national country music scene in the early 90s with its unique style and sound.

Headed by founder and frontman Danny Shirley, the former backup band for both David Allan Coe and Johnny Paycheck got their big break by signing with Atlantic Records. The first single from their debut album ("Confederate Railroad") was "She Took It Like A Man". It went to No. 26, a preview of what was to come. "The next two singles, "Jesus and Mama" and "Queen of Memphis" went to the top of the charts. Three more huge hits followed, "Trashy Women", "When You Leave That Way You Can Never Go Back", and "She Never Cried". "Trashy" would lead to a Grammy nomination and become their signature song. That album with six hits and nearly three million sales brought Confederate the Academy of Country Music's Best New Group Award in 1993 as well as numerous nominations from the Country Music Association and the British Country Music Foundation.

The second album, "Notorious", produced one of the group's most popular songs "Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind" which became a No. One video as well. "Elvis and Andy" and "Summer in Dixie" would further establish the Railroad as one of the most versatile acts in the business. This album would sell more than one million. Their overal totals are 18 charted hits and five million albums sold.

From rowdy country to raw emotion, a Confederate Railroad concert today covers a wide range of feelings. Young people will be there rocking to "Trashy Women", while their parents and even grandparents will likely be singing along to "Jesus and Mama". The band plays 100 or so dates each year. Whatever the venue, they are right at home…be it a fair, a club, or a biker show. Shirley, the lead singer and vocalist, and his mates, Mark Dufresne on drums, Mo Thaxton on bass and vocals, Rusty Hendrix on lead guitar and Joey Recker on keyboards and vocals are obviously having fun right along with their appreciative audience. At the end of each show, the band stays around until every fan who wants an autograph, or to pose with the group for a picture or just say "hello" is taken care of.

Opening Act: Shane Martin Band

Shane Martin is quickly becoming one of the top draws in the Midwest with a unique blend of modern country rock routinely performing over 200 shows per year as a solo artist and with his full band. From sharing the stage with numerous national acts to captivating audiences at festivals or in a packed venue, Martin's concerts are a high energy good time that gets crowds on their feet dancing, singing along and always leave them wanting more… “Shane is a great singer songwriter on the teetering edge of country, pop, and rock where it's just dangerous enough to be fun,” Nashville EMMY award winning engineer/producer Kenny Royster

A Top 5 Finalist in the 2012 Texaco Country Showdown where he competed for “Best New Act in Country Music” at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium (hosted by LeAnn Rimes), Martin’s live band is a group of talented veteran musicians that has performed at some of the top country music festivals in the country, including WEfest, Countryfest, Moondance Country Jam, Lakes Jam, and Winstock. The group has shared the stage with a wide variety of top artists, inclun'sding Ronnie Dunn, Lee Brice, Ronnie Milsap, Granger Smith, Eric Paslay, Bellamy Brothers, Clay Walker, Tyler Farr, Jerrod Niemann, David Nail, Josh Thompson, Easton Corbin, Sawyer Brown and Black Hawk.