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Pop star Fergie to perform Aug. 8 at Illinois State Fair

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[May 19, 2008]  SPRINGFIELD -- Fergie, the American Music Awards' reigning pop "Favorite Female Artist," will perform at the 2008 Illinois State Fair. Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich made the announcement Friday.

RestaurantThe singer and songwriter, who gained fame as a member of the Grammy-winning hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas and recently launched a successful solo career, will take the stage Aug. 8. The concert will begin at 8 p.m.

"Fergie is one of the biggest names and brightest stars in popular music," Blagojevich said. "She's a great addition to a top-notch Grandstand lineup, and I'm pleased to announce that she'll perform on opening night of the fair."

Fergie's 2006 debut album, "The Dutchess," produced three No. 1 singles, including her smash hit "Big Girls Don't Cry," which was nominated for a Grammy Award. She joins 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; "High School Musical" star Vanessa Hudgens; and country singer Trace Adkins, a finalist this season on TV's "The Celebrity Apprentice." Classic rockers Huey Lewis and the News and the king of pop music parodies, Weird Al Yankovic, also are scheduled to perform.


Tickets for Fergie's concert can be purchased beginning May 24, either on the Internet at, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-827-8927 or by visiting any Ticketmaster outlet. Reserved seats are available for $38, $34 and $30. Track tickets cost $38. Beginning June 7 at 10 a.m., tickets for the show also can be purchased on the fairgrounds at the Grandstand box office. Printable order forms are posted at

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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Grandstand schedule
(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; $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, Toyota Tundra presents Brooks and Dunn; $38-34-30, $38

Aug. 16 -- Vanessa Hudgens; $25-20-20, $25


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

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

Aug. 17 -- ARCA Super Series Auto Races; adult $20, child $10

*All the artists 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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