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Diamond Rio rocks the night away at 100th Moffat County Fair

CRAIG — A real gem of an act hit the stage Friday evening at Moffat County Fairgrounds.

The musical headliner for the 100th Moffat County Fair provided down-home country delights, as Nashville-based Diamond Rio drew a crowd to the county’s annual salute to its rural roots.

Spectators were spread between the fairgrounds grandstands and the open space of the arena, right up in front of the stage.

The only real difference between the two options was sitting versus standing, said Jill Durham, who was amid the crowd in the arena

“I was up in the grandstands, and it still sounded fantastic,” said Durham, who noted she’s been a fan of the group since high school.

A setlist featured some of the band’s biggest hits, such as Grammy nominees “Beautiful Mess” and “Meet in the Middle,” as well as the faith-centered “In God We Still Trust” and a medley of bluegrass-infused ’70s covers ranging from Eric Clapton’s “Layla” to Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” to Kansas’s “Carry On Wayward Son.”

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Among the crowd were couple Chris and Jennifer Thompson, who traveled from Woodland Park for the show, the third time Jennifer has seen the band in concert.

“Diamond Rio is legend; I love seeing them,” she said. “I’ve seen them at Cañon City and a long time ago in Colorado Springs, and they’ve been great every time. We found out they were here, and we said, ‘We’re going.'”

The same went for Steamboat Springs’ Kenny and Winter Ferrier, who were quick to start dancing as the music began.

“They’ve always been one of our favorites,” Winter said.

The group, whose genres include country, rock, and Christian, is on the verge of its 30th anniversary under the Diamond Rio name in 2019, though most band members have been with the group since its days as the Tennessee River Boys.

Bassist and vocalist Dana Williams did much of the talking between songs.

“I love playing in these small towns,” he told the crowd. “Thank you so much for letting us perform for you tonight.”