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Hunter Hayes will perform at Red River Valley Fair

The Red River Valley Fair announces the Country Music Association's 2012 best new artist Hunter Hayes to perform on Friday, July 12, 2013.

Hunter Hayes works at his craft virtually every waking hour. In his world, there are no days off. There are no hobbies or outside interests. Everything is focused on musical self-improvement.

"With me, it's always going to be music," he states. "That's the one thing I know. That is my thing. That is my place. I make music because it's the only way I can breathe. This is how I want to spend the rest of my life."

During his high-school years, his parents began taking him on trips to Nashville. Gradually, a team of supportive entertainment-industry insiders began to form around the youngster in Music City. He found interest from a manager, a song publisher, a record label and a producer during those trips. When his mother found out about a correspondence course that her son could take to complete his senior year, the family moved to Nashville in 2008.

"I made a promise to myself that as soon as I finished that course, I was going to write at least a song a week," Hayes recalls. "In fact, that first week, I wrote a song every day. As soon as I finished that course, I was in the song-publishing office at least once a week, writing with somebody."

"When I get on stage, that's my home. That's my element, and I'm not shy anymore. That's where I'm comfortable. Getting to play live every night, that's what I've always dreamed about.

"I'm blessed beyond belief."

General Manager, Bryan Schulz stated "Hunter Hayes was a tremendous buy for the Fair. He is top-notch and is rising fast on the charts. The buzz about Hunter Hayes will definitely prove a large attendance at the Fair!"

It has already been announced that The Band Perry will also be performing at the Fair, and is scheduled for Saturday, July 13th.

Tickets for the grandstand shows are free with your paid gate admission. Adult Gate Admission is $8; Youth ages 6-11 is $4 and children 5 & under are free. Mega Ride Passes are available online for $60 until May 31st and will be $70 from June 1st - July 14th. Mega Ride Passes include your gate admission, grandstand shows and unlimited carnival rides.

The 2013 Red River Valley Fair will be held July 9-14, 2013, in West Fargo, North Dakota.