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Country stars to play free ‘Salute to the Troops’ concert at Fort Drum

Fort Drum. (Fort Drum Garrison Public Affairs Photo)

Two country stars are coming to Northern New York this week for a free concert to honor the military at Fort Drum.

Justin Moore and special guest Lauren Alaina will perform at the AmeriCU Salute to the Troops Tribute Concert on Wednesday, Aug. 31, as part of a day-long Mountainfest event that features military equipment displays, children’s games, food and drinks, a Fort Drum BOSS Car Show, a Salute To The Nation Ceremony and a fireworks display. Gates open at 12 p.m. and kick off with the car show and family activities, followed by a 10th Mountain Division Live military demonstration at 2:30 p.m.; the concert will begin at 7 p.m.

The Mountainfest event is free and open to the public at Division Hill, Fort Drum, N.Y., near Watertown. Attendees without a Department of Defense identification card must enter through Lewis Avenue Gate, off Route 26, for the event.

Moore is an Arkansas radio personality and country singer who won best new artist at the ACM Awards in 2014. His hits include “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home,” “Somebody Else Will,” “Til My Last Day,” “Small Town USA,” “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” and “You Look Like I Need a Drink.”

Alaina first rose to fame as the runner-up on season 10 of “American Idol” behind Scotty McCreery in 2011 and is best known for the songs “What Ifs” (with Kane Brown), “Road Less Traveled,” “Thinking ‘Bout You” (with Dustin Lynch) and “One Beer” (with Hardy). She also appeared on season 28 of “Dancing with the Stars” and became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

Fireworks will follow the concert.

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