A packed musical roster featuring blues vocalist Kim Massie and “American Idol” alumni Nikko Smith, plus carnival rides and a classic car show highlight the second annual Fair U City Saturday through Monday at Heman Park.
“We’ve assembled a solid lineup,” said Orlando Watson, the entertainment coordinator for the fair. “Different age brackets are represented, and different genres.”
The fair will be open at 5 p.m. Saturday, with Heather Dawn, a crowd favorite from last year, kicking it off at 5:30 p.m. All the music acts will have at least an hour on stage.
Other musical highlights include:
- 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Mo’tre, an R&B group, hits the stage.
- 5 p.m. Sunday, local blues legend Kim Massie gets things started.
- 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nikko Smith headlines. Smith sings for a variety of audiences, including corporate gigs, performances at the St. Louis Zoo and all the area casinos.
- 4 p.m. Monday, FanFare, also a real crowd pleaser at last year’s fair, plays Motown, folk and soft rock.
- 6 p.m. Monday, The Dirty Muggs, featuring lead guitarist Dee Dee is from U City.
- 7:30 p.m. Monday St. Lunatics, minus Nelly.
The fair will also include open mic segments Sunday and Monday afternoons.
“There’s a lot of dead time, where nothing is going on on that stage, and it would be a shame to waste it,” Watson said. “We’ve got a sound engineer there who’ll be sitting around twiddling his thumbs in the early part of the day, so (organizers) were like, ‘Well, let’s just kind of open it up and see if anybody in the neighborhood wants to just get up and do something. And a few folks have reached out to us already. Some comedian reached out to us about doing a comedy set. Somebody else wants to do a little karaoke style thing. I’m sure the calls will keep coming in over the next couple days.”
The carnival will have 12 rides – some for children, some for adults. Included in this are four classed as “mega rides,” which are for adults and typically have a greater “fright factor,” Welsch said.
A number of area restaurants will be on hand, including Mandarin House, Tango’s Argentina Food, Zia’s Italian Food, Papa Tom’s Fancy Franks,, Sir’s Barbecue and , plus an assortment of typical carnival food.
The fair, which was two days last year, attracted an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people and went off without any incidents.
“We will have a fully staffed security force there, and they will be visible on the fairgrounds,” Welsch said. “We believe that is what keeps any potential trouble down.”
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