Old 97’s Celebrated 25 Years Of Going Strong At Saturday’s County Fair.

The Third Annual Old 97’s County Fair At Main Street Garden Park Was An Americana Spectacle That Saturday’s Strong Winds Couldn’t Blow Away.

All photos by Cal Quinn.

For Americana, folk and country fans at the Old 97’s County Fair, Saturday’s intense winds were but an afterthought.

When the gates opened at Main Street Garden Park, fans of Dallas’ most prominent alternative country act had one thing in mind: celebrating 25 years of Old 97’s with a music bash worthy of the act’s long-running musical career.

This year, Dallas enjoyed a pretty stacked lineup — as is usually the case — that most prominently featured Los Angeles’ Lord Huron. The outfit is still a few days away from releasing its latest album, Vide Noir. But Dallas was able to get a sneak peak at some of the fresh tracks off the new album.

Also taking the stage were The Mavericks, Valerie June, Paul Cauthen, Erika Wennerstrom, The Bottle Rockets, Jaime Wyatt and Bastards of Soul. All in all, the musical showcase was a sampling of the intersection where rock and roll, blues, country and folk meet.

This year’s County Fair came a long way since the inaugural one back in 2016 as Old 97’s partnered with Homegrown Fest to put on this year’s fest.

After the festivities were over, Old 97’s and its guests headed over to the Statler right next door where festival attendees were able to brush shoulders with the guests of honor, and a few lucky auction winners were able to bowl with the members of the band at the Statler’s bowling alley.

If you missed the show, though — because of the winds or otherwise — photographer Cal Quinn was on the scene snapping some truly stunning photos of the invited acts and birthday boys doing their thing on stage.

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