The circle will be unbroken at the Deschutes County Fair this year.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, known for bringing country and rock together on its “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” collaborative albums over the years, will return to the fair for the third year Aug. 2. The group is one of four announced this week for the fair’s annual concerts, which will take place at 7 p.m. July 31 through Aug. 3 at the Event Center on the fairgrounds in Redmond. The fair takes place July 31 through Aug. 4.

The full schedule:

July 31 — Collective Soul (alt-rock)

Aug. 1 — Old Dominion (country)

Aug. 2 — Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (folk-rock/country)

Aug. 3 — Michael Ray (country)

Admission is free with a concert pass and fair entrance fee — $12 per day for adults; $7 per day for children ages 6 to 12 or seniors ages 62 and older; and free for children 5 and younger. Season passes for all five days cost $22 for adults, $13 for children ages 6 to 12 and seniors, or free for children 5 and younger.

Concert passes are free and will be available through multiple radio stations in Central Oregon through June 29. For Collective Soul, tune in to Clear 101.7 FM (KLRR) or Classic Rock 98.3 FM “The Twins” (KTWS); for Old Dominion and Michael Ray, listen to KSJJ-102.9 FM; and for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, tune in to KRCO (690 AM or 96.9 FM). Bulletin subscribers can get up to two tickets for the show of their choice at The Bulletin’s booth at the COBA Home & Garden Show from May 3 through 5, while nonsubscribers can enter to win tickets.

Passes will be available at Central Oregon McDonald’s locations and Gills Point S Tire & Auto in Bend, Redmond, La Pine or Madras beginning July 3 and continuing every Wednesday from 2 to 7 p.m. until the first day of the fair or while tickets last. Visit for more information.