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Country Music Artist Jo Dee Messina Headlines “Ladies of Country Concert” July 14 at Freedom Fest State Fair

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Jo Dee Messina at “Ladies of Country Concert” July 14 at Mercer County Park in West Windsor at 16th Annual Freedom Fest State Fair Kids under 36” free. Credits: Courtesy of L.E.A.D.
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WEST WINDSOR, NJ - Country music artist Jo Dee Messina will headline the “Ladies of Country Concert” on Saturday, July 14, at Mercer County Park, 1638 Old Trenton Road.

The concert is part of the five-day 16th annual Freedom Fest State Fair that will be held July 11-15 at its new location at Mercer County Park.  Concert tickets include admission to the Fair. 

"Jo Dee Messina is a truly talented artist and a national treasure.  Her music and her story are an inspiration to all of us,” said Nick DeMauro, executive director & chief executive officer of LEAD. and fair manager. “We feel blessed to have her as the headliner for our “Ladies of Country Concert.” 

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Messina has had nine No. 1 singles on the Billboard country music charts and has sold five million albums worldwide. She has been honored multiple times by country music organizations including the ACM Awards, the CMA Awards, and has been nominated for Grammy Awards. Her best-known singles include her breakout debut song “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” and others such as “I’m Alright,” “Bye Bye,” and “My Give a Damn’s Busted.” 

Concert-goers at the “Ladies of Country Concert” will have the opportunity to enjoy food, games, and picnic grounds and included in admission unlimited carnival rides, a magic show, live animals, fireworks, horse shows, racing pigs and other fun activities for the whole family.  “A ticket to the concert on Saturday night gives you a ticket to the Fair and all activities,” said DeMauro.  “It’s two great events for the price of one.” 

A nonprofit organization, the Freedom Fest State Fair is an annual five-day agricultural event. Proceeds will benefit LEAD.  “Our involvement in this event gives local LEAD chapters and communities the opportunity to promote their programs and raise much needed funds while supporting a drug free lifestyle, agriculture and healthy living,” said DeMauro. 

Tickets can be purchased at the gate for lawn seating or in advance for reserved concert seating.  Lawn seating is $12.50 online, or $17.50 at the gate. Reserved seating is $30 online, or $37.50 at the gate. Kids under 36” are free.


For tickets or further information, visit http://www.freedomfeststatefair.com/ or call (609) 259-2500.

About L.E.A.D.


Established in 2014, LEAD includes IN THE CLASSROOM and ON THE STREET initiatives and provides leadership, resources and management to ensure law enforcement agencies have the means to partner with our educators, community leaders, and families by providing proven and effective evidence-based programs to deter youth and adults from drug use, drug related crimes, bullying and violence. We are committed to reinforcing the mutual respect, goodwill and relations between law enforcement and their communities. LEAD is the largest drug and alcohol prevention program in New Jersey and currently has more than 1000 officers and teachers in over 250 communities in all 21 counties certified in various aspects of L.E.A.D.  

About Freedom Fest State Fair
The Freedom Fest State Fair is an annual five-day non-profit agricultural fair held every July with continuous entertainment, agricultural exhibits, craft shows, carnival rides, horse shows, professional wrestling shows, fireworks, and food. Fair proceeds are donated to local charities.  In 2018, it will be held at its new location Mercer County Park at 1638 Old Trenton Road West Windsor, New Jersey.  It comes under the auspices of the State of New Jersey Department of Agriculture.  

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