Country star Rodney Atkins will headline this year's Pensacola Interstate Fair

Pensacola News Journal
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Country star Rodney Atkins will headline the Pensacola Interstate Fair next month as part of a lineup that features a wide array of musical acts and family-friendly activities.

Pensacola's biggest and longest-running annual agricultural and entertainment tradition returns Oct. 21 to 31 for its 87th season.

Along with rides, exhibits, fair food and shows, the fair features a packed entertainment lineup. Here's the schedule:

Thursday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m.: Returning this year, the fair's musical lineup kicks off opening night with the "Cat Country 98.7 BIG Lip Sync Battle Finals," an epic showdown starting at 7 p.m. Leading up to the finals, Cat Country will host a lip sync battle at various locations around Pensacola where three winning contestants will be chosen each night. A total of 12 acts will battle it out on stage to become the 2021 Lip Sync champion on the opening night at the fairgrounds on the Pepsi Open-Air stage.

ZZ Top tribute band Eliminator KC band will perform Oct. 22, 2021, at the Pensacola Interstate Fair.

Friday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m.: The following night, Eliminator KC band will take the stage to perform ZZ Top's top chart hits like "Gimme All Your Lovin'," "La Grange," "Legs," "Tush" and "Sharp Dressed Man." For more than two decades, Eliminator KC has toured from coast to coast, performing renditions of those trademark ZZ Top guitar licks and blues-rooted vocals, as the nation's longest-running national touring ZZ Top tribute band.

Saturday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m.: The fair welcomes back Pensacola's favorite local band White Tie Rock Ensemble, this year with a tribute to The Eagles. The local group of musicians recreates classic rock albums with a classical approach: a full rock band, along with the Tied Up String Quartet, and an added dimension of a multimedia presentation. Prepare to sing along to classic hits like, "Hotel California," "One of These Nights," "Take It Easy," "Life in the Fast Lane" and "Peaceful Easy Feeling."

Pensacola band White Tie Rock Ensemble will perform a tribute to The Eagles on Oct. 23, 2021, at the Pensacola Interstate Fair.

Monday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m.: Up-and-coming blues and soul singer Jordan Chase, a native of Pensacola and New Orleans, will take the Pepsi Open-Air stage at 7:30 p.m. performing with his sultry, sexy, sandpapery voice. In 2019, Chase was a contestant on NBC's hit reality show "The Voice," landing a spot on Blake Shelton's team.

Thursday, Oct. 28, at 3:30 and 7 p.m.: Go back in time to one of the greatest bands in pop history with Night Fever – An Evening of the Bee Gees as part of a special Senior Appreciation Day. From the early years to the disco era, you'll hear hits from "Stayin' Alive," "To Love Somebody," "How Can you Mend a Broken Heart," "More Than a Woman," "Jive Talking," "How Deep is Your Love" and "You Should be Dancing." Night Fever features the vocals and look of the Bee Gees with John Acosta as Barry Gibb, Joe Varga as Robin Gibb and Carm Castiglione as Maurice Gibb.

Up-and-coming blues and soul singer Jordan Chase, a native of Pensacola and New Orleans, will sing Oct. 25, 2021, at the Pensacola Interstate Fair.

Friday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. Resurrection – A Tribute to Journey recreates the experience of a 1980s Journey concert, reproducing the sights and sounds that captivate and transport audiences to the glorious age of arena rock, including the iconic red grand piano used by Journey in the era. The band will perform hits like "Open Arms," "Wheel in the Sky," "Faithfully" and "Don't Stop Believin'." Lead singer Ryan Christopher delivers the vocal precision, appearance and stage presence of the legendary Steve Perry.

Resurrection – A Tribute to Journey recreate the experience of a 1980s Journey concert at a performance Oct. 29, 2021, at the Pensacola Interstate Fair.

Saturday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m.: With eight Top 5 singles, six No. 1s and 1 billion career on-demand streams under his belt, American country music artist, singer and songwriter Rodney Atkins headlines the fair's entertainment acts this year. Atkins continues to be recognized as a powerful voice on country radio. Fans can expect him to play new music in the works, plus his greatest hits like his platinum-selling No. 1 "Watching You." Other hits include "It's America," "Farmer's Daughter" and "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)." His latest gold-certificate single, "Caught Up in the Country," is bound to be on the night's set list, too.

Country singer and songwriter Rodney Atkins will headline the Pensacola Interstate Fair with a performance Oct. 30, 2021.

Other than music, what else is on the fair's entertainment lineup?

In addition to the music acts, fairgoers can also attend the 4-H Youth and FFA Steer Show at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, in the livestock arena. The steer show gives pre-teens and teens the chance to showcase the steers they have raised for the past six months. The public can attend and bid on any of the roughly 30 steers that will be auctioned off this year.

New this year is Puppy Pals, an action-packed, comedy stunt dog show where adopted and rescued dogs perform spectacular stunts and breathtaking feats for the audience. Daily showtimes are at 6 and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 1, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Back by popular demand are the adorable sea lions of the hit show, "Sea Lion Splash." The dynamic duo will perform two to three daily shows, depending on the day. Sea Lion Splash daily showtimes are at 5 and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 2, 5 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Also returning is Cirque Ma'Ceo, a dynamic acrobatic variety show that has been thrilling audiences for more than 10 years with its high flying aerialists, dangerous crossbow and world champion Polynesian fire dancer. Daily showtimes are at 5 and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1:30, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

From Oct. 26 to 31, you can also catch Dennis Lee the Roaming Rodeo Clown strolling around the midway. You may spot him doing a comedy act, playing a mime or statue or pranking fairgoers as they make their way around the fairgrounds.

Visit PensacolaFair.com for daily show times and possible weather changes.