New, up-and-coming country artist Mo Pitney will headline the entertainment at the 2015 Mid-America Military Salute on September, 12.

The event will take place at the Adams County Fairgrounds beginning at 12:00 p.m. and going until 11:00 p.m. Mo, who's new single called "Country" is rising up the country charts right now, will headline a day and evening that will include a total of nine bands and three different stages with live music.

Mo Pitney is hailed as a young artist who is a throw back to traditional sounding country music. The 22-year-old is even an Illinois native, having been born in Cherry Valley, Illinois.

The theme for the day is "Honoring Our Military, Our Veterans & Their Families."

According to event organizer Dave Ulrich, "The main display this year will be an exhibit called Portraits Of A Soldier. This exhibit will be open 24 hours a day from Friday September 11 to Sunday September 13 in the Morton Building at the Fairgrounds. The Portraits of a Soldierexhibit is a traveling display of hand-sketched portraits of fallen service members from Illinois who have been killed since September 11, 2001 in the Global War on Terror. Artist Cameron Schilling, of Mattoon, drew the first portrait in August 2004, after Army SPC Charles Neeley, also of Mattoon, was killed in Iraq. Schilling gave the sketch to SPC Neeley’s parents to convey his sympathy for their loss. In October 2005, while a student at Eastern Illinois University, Schilling decided to draw a portrait of every Illinois service member who has fallen during the Global War on Terror. The portraits are copies of the original, which has been given to the fallen soldiers next of kin."The Mid-America Military Salute will also feature a bike show, special military vehicles, vendors, a kids area, children's entertainment and fireworks at the end of the night. The event is free to attend and open for all ages. Patrons will have to purchase their own food and drink. Beer will be available.

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