The Denver County Fair this summer is already going to be a historical occasion -- it is, after all, the first county fair ever for Denver -- but it just got even more historic: Today, event impresario Dana Cain announced that the fair had acquired the services of Barry Fey, the near-mythical Denver concert promoter who first brought Led Zeppelin to the U.S. and U2 to Red Rocks, among other feats of promotional strength. He hasn't promoted a concert since his retirement in 1997, when Bill Clinton sent him a videotaped message of personal thanks for a great career. Yeah, you heard that right.
"This guy is like a Denver legend," says Cain, a fairly legendary event promoter in her own right. "We're unbelievably excited to have him."
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The big news, though, will be the band that Fey brings to headline the fair in July -- the details aren't solidified yet, and Cain can't say who it might be, but she's pretty confident it's going to be big -- like, six digits big. "I didn't get much sleep last night, thinking about a sum of money like that," she confesses, "but I ran the numbers, and it was like, yeah, okay, we could make that happen."
The first Denver County Fair takes place July 28 -31 at the National Western Complex. In the meantime, stay tuned -- from the looks of things, it's going to be even greater than expected.