Kayla Adams to perform at Montana State Fair, 221 announces summer events
The Montana State Fair has long been a place where young up-and-comers such as Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Lady Antebellum played before they made it big.
This year will be no exception, Cory Smith, CEO of 221 Industries, announced today.
In an exclusive release for Big Sky State Buzz, Smith unveiled the company’s upcoming schedule of events for this summer, headlined by a performance from Montana’s own Kayla Adams at Montana ExpoPark during the Montana State Fair.
221’s summer also includes three MMA events, one in Choteau, another at Centene Stadium and one more at Malmstrom Air Force Base.
In between is the second-annual AirBash featuring Nate Adams and the popular Butte motorcross star Keith Sayers.
The Choteau fights will take place on July 3, Adams and Sayers will take to the air on July 15 at the Sting, Kayla Adams performs at Montana ExpoPark on July 25 and the Fights under the Lights at Centene Stadium takes place on Aug. 25, while the Fight for the Troops does not have a set date just yet.
Smith said while 221 Industries has been known primarily as an MMA promotions company, he said the aim has always been to be a extreme sports-based company that encompasses more than just MMA.
“221 was started as an extreme sports clothing and promotional company with the idea of doing different kinds of events,” Smith said. “Then outta nowhere ICF was born and blew up really fast. People don’t understand that running a monster like an MMA promotion company, along with working with TV deals and bringing in international talents is really time consuming. So, it’s exciting to start getting back to the basics and doing other, different events, too.”
Smith said that doesn’t mean that the fights will be any less exciting, he said the exact opposite is true, in fact.
“The Centene fights will be the best card in our history,” he said. “Most notably Frank Ramsey making his return after a lengthy injury along with Sean O’Malley going for a professional belt.”
With both the non-MMA events, Smith said he believes they are bringing “world-class talent to Montana.”
“Kayla Adams, in my eyes, is the next big thing,” he said in particular about the Nashville country star from Whitefish. “Plus, other big country stars such as Kelly Pickler and Carrie Underwood have done the Montana State Fair, so it’s a big step in her career to be gracing that stage.”
The fights in Choteau will be the first time 221 Industries will throw an event there, which will take place at the fairgrounds during the big annual 4th of July celebration.
“They do an event on that Friday night every year and its HUGE so I’m excited for a big crowd of party goers,” Smith added.