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A Look Back at FrogFest Stars of the Past

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Easton Corbin and Josh Thompson will headline the Wild West FrogFest & Rodeo this year but who shoe’s are they following in? 

FrogFest has been a Big Frog tradition for years.  So many years it’s hard to remember every artist that has taken the stage.  Sarah wanted to know if we had a list of prior headliners and after some digging I found the acts since 1993.

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2011 – Rodney Atkins & Jeff Bates

Rodney Atkins rocked the crowd last year.  He even brought one fan on stage to sing his hit ‘If You’re Going Through Hell’ with him.  Jeff Bates was also part of FrogFest 2011.  He invited local band favorite Chris Taylor on stage to sing with him.  Check out both videos from last year’s headliners.

2010 – Josh Turner

Josh Turner braved the rain as he was the star of FrogFest 2010

2009 – Keith Anderson & Trailer Choir

Keith Anderson and the return of Trailer Choir rocked the FrogFest stage in 2009.  The same year Anderson’s bus got stuck in the mud after the show and we had to wait for a tow truck to pull him out.

2008 – Josh Gracin & Trailer Choir

From American Idol to FrogFest.  Josh Gracin had the ladies screaming, especially when he went down into the crowd.  This was also the first year for FrogFest favorites, Trailer Choir and the introduction to Big Vinny and his worm.

2007 – Mark Chestnutt

Mark Chestnutt was the star of 2007, a month before I moved to New York.

2006 – Jamey Johnson

Country music bad boy Jamey Johnson was FrogFest headliner for 2007.  Matt Herkimer refers to him as the man of few words.  I guess he was saving his voice for the stage and his hit song at the time ‘The Dollar.’

2005 – Lisa Brokop & Amy Dalley

The ladies headlined FrogFest 2005.  Canadian country singer Lisa Brokop and Amy Dalley were the stars.

2004 – Shenandoah

Shenandoah entertained the crowd with all their hits in 2004 including ‘Two Dozen Roses’

2003 – Michael Peterson & Jill King

Michael Peterson & Jill King were the stars of 2003.  Peterson was riding the wave of his hit ‘Drink, Swear, Steal & Lie,’ while Jill King was relatively new in 2003.

2002 – Earl Thomas Conley

Earl Thomas Conley had 18 #1 hits in the 80′s and I’m sure sang all of them for the FrogFest crowd in 2002.

2001 – Jo Dee Messina, Chris Cagle, Phil Vassar & Steve Azar

It was a smorgasbord of talent in 2001.  It was so hot most were hoping Jo Dee Messina could ‘Bring on the Rain.’  Chris Cagle had just released ‘I Breathe In, I Breathe Out,’ Phil Vassar was celebrating a ‘Six Pack Summer’ and Steve Azar had just come out with ‘I Don’t Have to Be My Til Monday.’

2000 – Rascal Flatts

Who knew Rascal Flatts would be who Rascal Flatts is today, back in 2000 when they headlined FrogFest in the rain.  Most of the crowd had left due to the weather.  I bet they are kicking themselves today.

1999 – Keith Harling

Keith Harling was fairly new in 1999 with his hit ‘Papa Bear.’  We haven’t heard much from him since.

1998 – Doug Stone

Doug Stone was scheduled to headline FrogFest in 1998 but due to a family emergency he couldn’t make the show.

1997 – Kevin Sharp

Kevin Sharp was coming off his #1 hit ‘Nobody Knows’ and made the perfect choice for 1997.

1996 – Ken Mellons

You may not recognize the name, but you may recognize Ken Mellons 1994 hit ‘Jukebox Junkie.’

1995 – Western Flyer

Western Flyer is no longer together, but in 1995 they had been together 3 years with their first release being ‘Western Flyer.’

1994 – Rick Trevino

Rick Trevino was new to the country music scene in 1994 with his song ‘Honky Tonk Crowd.’  Very appropriate song for FrogFest

1993 – The Remington’s

The Remington’s had only been together 2 years when they took the FrogFest stage.

Don’t miss the action at this year’s Wild West FrogFest & Rodeo at the Herkimer County Fairgrounds Saturday.  You won’t want to miss Easton Corbin AND Josh Thompson, along with three local bands and the expanded rodeo.

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Get tickets at our station on River Road in Marcy, Price Chopper, Herkimer County Fairgrounds

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Gates open at 9am
Rodeo starts at NOON
FrogFest Entertainment at 2:00pm

Camping is available at the fairgrounds. Call 315-895-7465 or email info@herkimercountyfair.org for more information.

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