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Posted May 3, 2012
Sara Evans to headline 2012 FRY fest outdoor concert

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Country singer Sara Evans will headline the 2012 FRY fest outdoor concert on Sept. 7 in Coralville's Iowa River Landing. (Sara Evans photo)

CORALVILLESara Evans will headline the 2012  FRY fest — A Celebration of All that is Hawkeye, presented by The Eastern Iowa Airport on Sept. 7.

Lee Brice will open the outdoor concert at 7 p.m., followed by Evans at 8:30 p.m., on the Two Rivers Bank and Trust stage at Coralville’s Iowa River Landing. Tickets are $15, on sale now at http://www.fryfest.com All proceeds benefit the annual Coralville 4th Fest celebrations.

Multiplatinum RCA recording artist Sara Evans has been honored with numerous accolades, among them the 2006 Academy of Country Music’s Female Vocalist of the Year and the Country Music Association’s Video of the Year for “Born to Fly.” She has been named one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” and won the hearts of television viewers as the first country star to compete in ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. She enjoys a prolific recording career with mroe than 5 million records sold and five chart-topping country singles, including the self penned “Born To Fly.”

2011 marked the release of Evans’ sixth studio album “Stronger” which debuted at No. 1 for two weeks and features the platinum  multiweek top single, A Little Bit Stronger.” Evans received award nominations for Single of the year and Female vocalist of the year at the 2011 CMA, AMA and ACA awards.

Country singer/songwriter Lee Brice walks a path between traditional honky tonk sounds and contemporary rock ‘n’ roll. Brice has charted a string of singles beginning in 2007 with “She Ain’t Right,” followed by “Happy Endings” and “Upper Middle Class White Trash.” As an artist, his breakthrough came when “Love Like Crazy” was released in September 2009. With a slow but consistent build at country radio, the single eventually peaked at No. 3 on Billboard‘s country songs chart. Spending 56 weeks on the country songs chart, the track made history by breaking Eddy Arnold’s 54-week stay on the chart with “Bouquet of Roses,” which debuted in May 1948. Brice’s his highest-charting single, “A Woman Like You,” reached Np. 1 in April 2012.

FRY fest will recognize and celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Cy-Hawk Series, the day before the Hawkeyes take on the Cyclones in Kinnick Stadium. FRY fest attendees will be able to take in a day of panel discussions reliving stories from broadcasters, players and coaches’ perspectives from this intrastate rivalry game played annually between Big 12 Conference member Iowa State Cyclones and the University of Iowa Hawkeyes of the Big Ten Conference.

FRY fest will once again hold the World’s Largest Hawkeye Tradeshow & Tailgate Party where fans can interact with Hawkeye retailers, licensees, and other related groups.  New to the mix will be some Cyclone-licensed vendors offering fans their merchandise, as well. Also returning are the FRY fest car show presented by Carousel Nissan, FRY fest small FRY zone, and the FRY fest pep rally, all free and open to the public.

For more information on FRY fest — A Celebration of All that is Hawkeye, go to http://www.fryfest.com and follow on https://www.facebook.com/fryfest for contests and the latest information.

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