While his medium, clearly, is country music, “Whisperin’” Bill Anderson had the Loudonville Fair West Main Stage rocking and rolling as he put on a rollicking country music concert Thursday night.
The concert, which continues a Loudonville Fair tradition of bringing in a big-name country group for its Thursday night headline act, was underwritten by Loudonville Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2275.
Among the hundreds in attendance was Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, who, Fair Board President Sam Adams explained, “is a big country music fan, and Bill Anderson one of his favorite performers.”
DeWine arrived on the fair midway about 6 p.m., to the surprise of many, including Mayor Steve Stricklen.
“The police called and advised me he was coming, and police had all hands out to help provide security for the visit,” Stricklen said. “Meanwhile, I gave him a tour of our Ohio Theatre, including showing him the Loudonville video that was produced for showings. He seemed very pleased with what he saw.”
DeWine and wife Fran also enjoyed dinner on the fair midway before taking a seat at a corner of the West Main stage to enjoy the concert.
Adams said Thursday that Anderson’s concert was “unbelievably well received. We sell front row seats for the concert ahead of time at $10 a seat. We were pretty much sold out before, but had calls for 162 seats just today.”
The fair board ended up setting up several front rows.
Preparing to watch the concert, country music fan Tina Piper of Loudonville explained why so many fans were excited about hearing Anderson perform.
“Bill plays old style country music, the kind many of us love,” she said. “He belongs in a group with Dolly Parton, Reba McIntire and Kenny Rogers, old style country from the ’90s and before. I love it.”