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Chris Young Cancels at Northwest Montana State Fair

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The Northwest Montana State Fair kicked off in Kalispell today, but with some unexpected bad news: the concert headliner was forced to cancel tonight's show at the last minute.

It would have been the biggest concert in the history of the Fair.

"Unfortunately the appearance of Chris Young tonight for our main country concert has been canceled. However, the show will go on," explained Mark Campbell, the Flathead County Fairgrounds Manager.

Young is currently being hospitalized with a leg infection in a Denver-area hospital. The country music star was on his way to Kalispell when he began feeling unwell. In a statement on his web site, Young says, "one minute I was fine and then suddenly I'm being rushed to the hospital."

Campbell has been in talks with Young's agent since last October and today his equipment was already loaded onto the stage before the bad news hit.

"Hold on to your tickets folks if you have them. We had over 2,500 people coming with tickets in hand tonight and we really regret this late cancellation. We've just found out ourselves," said Campbell.

Still, the concert will go on as scheduled Wednesday, August 14 at 7:30 p.m. with musical performances by the Red Head Express, Bruce and Betsy Mullen, and John Dunnigan. For some, the news is secondary to all the fair has to offer this year.

"I'm here to watch two grandchildren show their pigs," said Lynne Gronley, a fair-goer for the past few years, "I hope they get blue ribbons on their pigs so and I hope they're having a good time and everything goes well for the grandchildren."

Campbell has said that all tickets will be refunded whether paid for in cash or credit card and the August 14 concert is free. All refunds are scheduled to be returned this Tuesday, August 20.

You can check out the latest Fair updates and schedule of events on their Facebook page.

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