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Illinois State Fair Grandstand concert tickets to go on sale today

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[April 27, 2013]  SPRINGFIELD -- Tickets for the Illinois State Fair Grandstand concerts go on sale Saturday through Ticketmaster.

"Whether classic rock, blues, country or pop, the Illinois State Fair has a show for everyone," said Amy Bliefnick, state fair manager.

The 2013 lineup includes country mega-stars Billy Currington, The Band Perry, Toby Keith, Gary Allan and Thompson Square; rock legends Styx, REO Speedwagon, Head East and Journey; Grammy-winning blues guitarist John Mayer; and pop sensation Ke$ha.

Tickets for the Aug. 11 John Mayer and Aug. 14 Toby Keith concerts already are available through Ticketmaster. Sales for the rest of the Illinois State Fair lineup begin Saturday at 10 a.m.

This year, for the first time, the fair is offering a special "VIPit" ticket that includes prime viewing locations close to the stage. Holders will be escorted to this area 30 minutes prior to the opening of all other gates. However, only 1,000 will be sold for each show.

"Its a great value and will allow even the most die-hard fans to enjoy all the attractions the fair has to offer before they go to their concert," Bliefnick added.

Ticketmaster offers online, phone and in-person sales. Tickets can be purchased at, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or at any Ticketmaster outlet. The Grandstand box office on the fairgrounds will open on June 10 for walk-up sales.

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Schedule of Grandstand entertainers:

  • Aug. 9, 8 p.m. -- Billy Currington, Lauren Alaina

  • Aug. 10, 8 p.m. REO, Styx, Head East

  • Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m. -- John Mayer, Phillip Phillips

  • Aug. 12, 7 p.m. -- New Odyssey

  • Aug. 13, 8 p.m. -- The Band Perry, Randy Houser

  • Aug. 14, 8 p.m. -- Toby Keith, Kip Moore

  • Aug. 16, 4:30 p.m. -- Gary Allan, Thompson Square, The Farm, Frankie Ballard, Brushfire

  • Aug. 17, 8 p.m. -- Ke$ha

  • Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m. -- Journey

For more information, including a downloadable order form, visit the Illinois State Fair website at or call 217-782-1979. All adults and children 3 years of age and older must have a ticket. All sales are final. The fair does not provide refunds or exchanges on ticket purchases.

[Text from Illinois State Fair file received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information]

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