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Martina McBride to perform at Illinois State Fair          Send a link to a friend

Multi-platinum country recording artist to give concert Aug. 17

[April 17, 2007]  SPRINGFIELD -- Fairgoers will get a preview of the 2007 Illinois State Fair grandstand lineup when four-time Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year Martina McBride guest stars this week on "American Idol."

McBride, whose new album, "Waking Up Laughing," was released April 3, will take the grandstand stage on Aug. 17.

"With 22 top-10 singles and 16 million records sold, Martina McBride has established herself as one of country music's brightest stars," said Amy Bliefnick, fair manager. "We're excited to announce she has agreed to perform at this year's Illinois State Fair."

The debut single on McBride's new album, "Anyway," has become the fastest rising single of her illustrious career, a career that has produced six No. 1 hits and classics such as "Independence Day," her signature song. She will appear on "American Idol" Tuesday and Wednesday as part of a promotional tour to support her new album. The popular TV show airs on the Fox Network.

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"We're currently negotiating with other performers and hope to announce the complete grandstand lineup in the coming weeks," Bliefnick said. "Tickets will go on sale as soon as agreements are reached."

The 2007 Illinois State Fair will be Aug. 10-19 and will feature six grandstand concerts. Fairgoers can check the fair's website at for updated information concerning the grandstand acts and ticket sales dates.

[Illinois State Fair news release]


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