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Blessid Union of Souls to perform as part of HOT Fair concert series

Oct. 4, 2000

BY NAT NEALEIGH

Reporter

Blessid Union of Souls, the band behind the 1999 hit Hey Leonardo, will be performing at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 9 at the Heart of Texas Fairgrounds in Waco.

The concert is part of the Heart of Texas Fair and Rodeo presented each year in Waco by the Heart of Texas Fair Complex. Now in its 48th year, the nine-day event will officially kick off the festivities on Friday with performances by Chris LeDoux and Lynette Jackson and run through Oct. 14.

According to Jill Turner, the marketing manager for the complex, officials expect the Blessid Union of Souls' appearance to be the main attraction for most area students.

'Most of the people from Baylor that call [our office] are asking about Blessid Union of Souls,' Turner said. 'We go to Las Vegas every year to find entertainment and that's just a group that [was] recommended to us that Baylor students like, so we put in a bid and got them. They're supposed to be awesome.'

Allison Tolman, a Houston freshman, agrees.

'I think they're peachy,' Tolman said. 'I used to work at TGI Friday's, and they played the Leonardo song like five times an hour over the speakers. I got really sick of it then, but I'll still go see them. They're great.'

The fair opens at 5 p.m. Thursday for Midway Madness Family Night. During that time, entrance and rides are $1 each.

Other events throughout the week include performances by Pat Green, Joe Diffie, Hotel California and Corey Morrow and will feature, among many other activities, jugglers, livestock, a petting zoo and a parade.

'We have different entertainment every night,' Turner said. 'A lot of the bands that we have are targeted for [students.] Corey Morrow has a big following from Baylor and A&M and all the different schools in that area. He's playing on the Friday night before the Saturday A&M-Baylor game.'

Rodeo events will also be going on around the shows and musical performances. Featured rodeo presentations include the Bulls 'n' Barrels Rodeo, the H-E-B Calf Scramble and Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show.

Zack Arrington, a Houston sophomore, said he was a part of last year's fair and enjoyed entertaining Waco socialites.

'I was Spock [from Star Trek] last year. Basically I just walked around and waved,' Arrington said. 'Everyone should definitely go. There's lots of sawdust. The sawdust keeps it from smelling like beer.'

Regardless of the smell, everyone at the Fair Complex said they believe that the Fair and Rodeo will be a success.

'We'll definitely have at least 200,000 people [coming],' Turner said. 'We've grown about 5 percent each year, and with it being 48 years, that's a lot. It's the biggest event in Central Texas.'

The Heart of Texas Fair Complex is located at 4601 Bosque Blvd.

Fair tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children, or a Fun Pass can be purchased for $36.50. Discount tickets are available Sept. 5 to Oct. 6 at Cefco Stores.

For ticket information or for a complete schedule of events, call (254) 776-1660.