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February 8, 2009

Watsonville, CA - Santa Cruz County Fair Entertainment Director Read Zaro has announced the signing of this year's headline act. Friday evening the main Amphitheater Stage will host Blue Öyster Cult. BOC played to huge overflow crowds last summer at the Beach Boardwalk and the strong message was "Bring them back" said Zaro.

Spanning more than three decades, Blue Öyster Cult has a long and storied history. The band got its start in the late '60s on Long Island, New York, as the Soft White Underbelly. Each founding member had previously been involved in high school and college bands before ending up in the "right place at the right time" to create the beginnings of Blue Öyster Cult. Starting in the early '70s they began their 30 plus year fan connection with hits like "Don't Fear the Reaper" and "Burning for You."

As is tradition, a ticket to the Fair is a ticket to the show. Fans may want to arrive early to enjoy a summer afternoon of fun at the Fair before staking out their space in what will be a standing room only crowd. Details on the Fair and growing list of entertainers can be found on line at

The Santa Cruz County Fair celebrates the rich history of the community and people and invests heavily in bringing this heritage to area youth. The 2009 Fair will be held September 15-20 at the Fairgrounds located on Highway 152 just east of Watsonville.

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