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Illinois State Fair ticket office opens today

Get tickets for one of the state fair's best concert lineups

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[June 07, 2008]  SPRINGFIELD -- Beginning Saturday, fairgoers can purchase tickets for concerts at the 2008 Illinois State Fair.

RestaurantFergie, the American Music Awards' reigning pop "Favorite Female Artist," will perform on opening night, Aug. 8. The Grammy Award nominee headlines a stellar lineup of Grandstand acts that includes a double bill featuring rock 'n' roll Hall-of-Famers ZZ Top and Toyota Tundra presents country music legends Brooks and Dunn, British pop star Natasha Bedingfield with "High School Musical" star Vanessa Hudgens, and country singer Trace Adkins, a finalist this season on TV's "The Celebrity Apprentice," with Trent Tomlinson. Classic rockers Huey Lewis and the News with American female rock pioneer Joan Jett, and the king of pop music parodies, Weird Al Yankovic, also are scheduled to perform.

"This year's state fair lineup is one of the best we've had in years," said Amy Bliefnick, fair manager. "We are excited to host world-renowned artists and encourage Illinoisans' to support these great concerts to ensure that we continue to attract top-notch talent."


The ticket office will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Regular ticket office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The ticket office is temporarily located in the Emmerson Building until July 1. After July 1, the office will return to the Grandstand and, beginning July 19, it will be open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Emmerson Building or by phone at 217-782-1979.

Concert tickets also can be purchased by mail, phone or computer. Mail orders should be sent to: Illinois State Fair Ticket Office, P.O. Box 19427, Springfield, IL 62794-9427. Forms are available at Ticketmaster processes phone and online sales. Fairgoers can either call 800-827-8927 or visit on the Internet to place an order.

All adults and children 3 years of age and older must have a ticket for Grandstand concerts and events. All sales are final. The fair does not provide refunds or exchanges on ticket purchases.

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Ticket prices for each of the shows are listed below:

(Date; performer; ticket prices: reserved, track)

Aug. 8 -- Harness racing (noon post-time); free admission

Aug. 8 -- Fergie; $38-34-30, $38

Aug. 9 -- Harness racing (noon post-time); free admission

Aug. 9 -- Weird Al Yankovic; $20-10-10, $20

Aug. 10 -- Huey Lewis and the News, with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; $30-25-20, $30

Aug. 11 -- Harness racing (noon post-time); free admission

Aug. 11 -- Illinois Symphony; free admission

Aug. 12 -- Twilight harness racing; free admission

Aug. 13 -- Twilight harness racing; free admission

Aug. 14 -- Twilight harness racing; free admission


Aug. 15 -- ZZ Top, and Toyota Tundra presents Brooks and Dunn; $38-34-30, $38

Aug. 16 -- USAC Silver Crown Series; adult $20, child $10

Aug. 16 -- Natasha Bedingfield with Vanessa Hudgens; $25-20-20, $25

Aug. 17 -- ARCA Super Series auto races; adult $20, child $10

Aug. 17 -- Trace Adkins with Trent Tomlinson; $25-20-18, $25

*All the artists listed above have approved this announcement; however, concerts are subject to contracts being finalized.

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


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