HOULTON – The Millar Civic Center rocked with laughter when “Larry the Cable Guy” visited in 2004.
Even more people jammed into the building to chuckle over Bill Engvall’s antics a year later.
Now, those who want to see another comedian who has performed on the famed “Blue Collar Comedy Tour” will have a chance to do it when Ron “Tater Salad” White comes to town next April.
Paul Cleary, a committee member of the Houlton Fair Association, said that the comedian will perform two shows on April 21 at the Millar Civic Center in Houlton.
One show will take place at 5 p.m., and another will follow at 8:30 p.m.
This will be his only performance in Maine, according to Cleary.
“We are bringing him here based on the success that we have had from bringing the other two comedians here,” Cleary acknowledged. “We had such huge success with them, and people began asking us when we were going to bring some of the other members of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour here.”
White performed for three years with the tour, a popular comedy show.
He began his solo comedy routine in 2003, which has garnered a huge fan base since the release of his popular debut album, “Drunk in Public.”
His first one-hour comedy special, “They Call Me Tater Salad,” earned Comedy Central its highest rated Sunday in history, and the DVD companion was later certified multiplatinum.
He also is featured in “Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie,” which is out on DVD.
Next year will be significant for the town, as Houlton celebrates its 200th birthday in the summer. The fair committee hopes to celebrate the milestone with a spectacular festival next July, and will use some of the money from White’s appearance for that purpose.
Cleary said that the committee also hopes to put some of the proceeds towards the eventual purchase of its own fairgrounds.
For decades, the fete has been held in Community Park, but Cleary said that the growing midway and an increasing number of shows, vendors and attendees are clogging the grounds.
“Community Park is nice and the fair has worked great there in the past,” he said Thursday. “It is just not big enough now. We’re growing every year.”
Tickets for the Ron White show officially go on sale on Monday and are available at stores in Houlton, Presque Isle, Caribou, Mars Hill, Millinocket and Bangor.
For information regarding ticket prices, visit www.houltonfair.com.