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Rimes, Wynonna among Fan Fair performers

Brooks & Dunn, Gill also to attend Nashville festival
/ Source: The Associated Press

LeAnn Rimes and Wynonna are among the stars expected to perform when the Country Music Association Music Festival, formerly known as Fan Fair, returns June 10-13 to downtown Nashville.

Also scheduled are Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Clint Black, Brooks & Dunn, Glen Campbell, Terri Clark, Billy Ray Cyrus, Charlie Daniels, Diamond Rio, Vince Gill, Pat Green, Buddy Jewell, Lonestar, Jo Dee Messina, Montgomery Gentry, Keith Urban, Clay Walker and Darryl Worley.

More artists will be announced in the coming months.

“The CMA Music Festival has become a big party and a must for any country music enthusiast,” CMA Executive Director Ed Benson said. “We’ve added new activities, expanded the Fan Fair traditions that are the basis of our popularity and delivered a four-day event package that is economical for everyone.”

Fan Fair has been in Nashville every year since 1972, most of those at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. The CMA moved the festival downtown in 2001, providing more venues for performances and more entertainment options for festivalgoers.

When Benson announced the name change last year, he said the purpose was to give the festival broader appeal.

But one hallmark of the long-running country music festival will remain the same — fan interaction with the stars. Fans will continue to be able to meet their favorite music and TV stars in autograph booths and in question-and-answer sessions.