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The 67-year-old Nashville singer and his band entertained the crowd for 90 minutes. He donned rose-colored glasses for the song by that name that was his first nationwide hit in 1978.
He made a connection with the crowd, relating to them with songs such as “Common Man” and “Old School,” and faith-based songs like “Bread and Water” and his closing song, “Amazing Grace.”
Afterward, he stayed for photographs and autographs before he and the four members of his band got aboard their Eagle bus to drive to his next stop — Friday night in Arlington.
Wade White & the Plain Label Band, a local group, opened for Conlee and his band. White was on the stage from 7 p.m. to about 7:45 p.m., and Conlee took the stage at 8 p.m.
Among the other songs Conley sang Thursday night were “Lady Lay Down,” “Back Side of Thirty,” “I’m Only In It for the Love,” “I Don’t Remember Loving You,” “Miss Emily’s Picture,” and “Friday Night Blues.”
The fair began on Tuesday and continues through Saturday. Gates open at 6 p.m.
On the Main Stage at the fairgrounds Friday evening are “Empire Kid” at 7 p.m., followed by ”Wendy, Cold & Rain” at 8 p.m.
Other attractions on the slate for Friday evening are:
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Commercial Exhibits, Exhibit Center.
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Ag-Venture & Pumpkin Patch, Coliseum.
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Home & Garden Showcase, Coliseum.
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Creative arts & Crafts Showcase, Building “B”.
6 p.m. to 11 p.m.: Carnival open. Armbands, $18. (Single ride coupons also available)
Saturday is Family Day and Senior Citizens Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The George Robinson Memorial Chili Cook-off is Saturday. Judging is at 1 p.m.
Steer, lamb and goat showmanship events are on tap for Saturday morning.
11 a.m.: Little Britches Rodeo Events
Noon: Pedal Power Tractor Pull (Coliseum)
Noon: Turn in Pecan Pie Contest (Coliseum)
2:30 p.m.: Judging, Pecan Pie Contest (Coliseum)
6 p.m.: Little Britches Talent Show (Main Stage)
8 p.m. Paris Idol (Main Stage)
Gate admission Saturday is $3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and $5 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Children 6 and under are free, and seniors 60 and older are also free on Saturday.
A parking fee of $1 per car will be charged, with the proceeds benefiting local church groups — Fellowship Baptist Church of Blossom, South Side Baptist, Boy Scout Troop No. 2 and Boy Scout Troop No. 3990.
Security is being provided by the Paris Police Department and the Lamar County Sheriff’s Department.
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra