The first night of The Big Sky Country State Fair kicked off with the talented rising country star Carly Pearce. Interacting with the crowd going from one hit to another, Carly nailed it. Teasing a couple of cover songs with a mash up that got the crowd singing along. From her early hits to her newest album, you could hear from all the fans singing, they clearly adore Carly. Her latest album, "29", written about how she got married AND divorced at the age 29, came out this year and is already making its way to the top with hits like "Next Girl" and "Should Have Known Better". Winning multiple awards at this years CMA awards, Carly is fast tracking to the top as one of the newest members of the Grand Ol' Opry.

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Nelly grabbed the stage shortly after 8:30 and right away got the crowd pumped up. Starting his solo career in 2000 with his album "Country Grammer", Nelly worked the crowd and didn't miss a beat. From "Ride wit me" to "Air Force One's", it was clear Nelly was a crowd favorite. His smooth lyrics carried across stage straight into the mouths of all his fans. From country to rap, Nelly definitely is made for entertainment and he showed that last night at the Big Sky Country State Fair. Selling over 5200 tickets, Nelly made the opening day of the fair one for the record books.

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Concerts tonight include Country Superstar, Trace Adkins known for hits like, "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" and "Every light in the House" and Parmalee to open. Tickets available at the gate or click here:

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