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Aug
31

VIRTUAL PREVIEW OF ALL THE FUN OF THE KANSAS STATE FAIR

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VIRTUAL PREVIEW OF ALL THE FUN OF THE KANSAS STATE FAIR


School has started, the temperatures are cooling, and September is approaching. This means The Kansas State Fair is just around the corner! Get your virtual preview of this year’s Sheep Thrills, fun foods and agricultural activities at the 2010 Kansas State Fair Pre-Show. The event will be held Thursday, Sept. 2 at 10 a.m., viewable either in person or online.

The Pre-Show is open to the public, and fair representatives encourage individuals to “tweet” their questions to hosts “Jennifer & Cody” using Twitter (@kansasstatefair). There are two options to join the Pre-Show: You may watch via UStream on the Internet or join the fair in the live audience at the event held at the stage at Agriland on the fairgrounds.

Kansas State Fair General Manager Denny Stoecklein, Jennifer and Cody – as well as a couple special guests – will make sure you’re in-the-know about this year’s not-to-miss events and returning favorites. Audience members who ask a question and web viewers who tweet a question will be entered into a drawing for two 2010 Sprint Grandstand concert tickets of choice.

Joining Via UStream
If you will be joining via UStream, please go to http://www.ustream.tv/user/kansasstatefair at the time of the Pre-Show.

Joining In Person
The Kansas State Fair Pre-Show will be held at Agriland in the Pride of Kansas Building on the fairgrounds. From Main Street in Hutchinson, you may enter the fairgrounds at gate 1 at 20th and Poplar Street and park south of the Pride of Kansas Building.

ABOUT THE KANSAS STATE FAIR
Weird, wild and wonderful, the Kansas State Fair has it all. With a world-class Midway, blue-ribbon animals galore and activities for the whole family, the fair is pure Americana – an event not to be missed.  Party with your pals and hear the hottest performers at the Sprint Grandstand. Tour the many agricultural and educational displays. Win prizes, brave the heart-pounding carnival rides and sample the culinary delights. Enormous vegetables, odd artifacts, homemade crafts and the infamous butter sculpture – there is something for everyone. Scheduled for September 10-19, 2010, the fair is the largest event in the state of Kansas with crowds numbering more than 350,000. The newly renovated fairgrounds are in centrally located Hutchinson, Kansas. Mark your calendars now and plan to join Kansans from across the state. It’s a wild ride, baby! For more information, call 620-669-3600, toll free 800-362-FAIR or visit www.kansasstatefair.com. Follow us on Twitter. twitter.com/KansasStateFair. Join the Fans of the Kansas State Fair on Facebook and comment on the KSF Blog, kansasstatefair.wordpress.com


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Aug
30

Loverboy replacing Howie Mandel in Kansas State Fair line-up

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Loverboy replacing Howie Mandel in Kansas State Fair line-up

New change to Kansas State Fair Line-up:

The Kansas State Fair announced today, Aug 27th Howie Mandel will be unable to perform at the Kansas State Fair due to a change in his television filming schedule. The Fair has secured the classic rock act Loverboy (“Working for the Weekend”, “Almost Paradise”, “Turn Me Loose”) to fill the Thursday, Sept. 16 date, and the Loverboy concert will be free for all fairgoers with a paid outside gate admission to the Fair. For more information on Loverboy, please see biography below.

Loverboy – Thursday, Sept. 16 – FREE concert

Loverboy formed in Toronto, Canada, in 1980 with band members Mike Reno, vocalist; Paul Dean, guitarist; Scott Smith, bassist; Doug Johnson, keyboardist; and Matthew Frenette, drummer. Later that same year and with the help of producer Bruce Fairbairn, Loverboy released its self-titled debut album. The album went platinum in both Canada and America and featured the hard-rocking singles “Turn Me Loose” and “The Kid is Hot Tonight.” Its follow-up album, Get Lucky, was released in 1981 and included the anthemic “Working for the Weekend.” Loverboy’s 1983 release, Keep It Up, featured the hit single “Hot Girls in Love.” In 1985, the group released Lovin’ Every Minute of It with producer Tom Allom (Judas Priest). Allom gave the band a harder edge on this platinum album. Fairbairn returned as the producer for the group’s fifth album, Wildside, which was released in 1987. After a two-year tour, the band returned to Canada to release in 1989 its greatest hits album, Big Ones. That same year, Reno and Dean announced plans to make solo records, which put an end to the group. The reunited lineup returned in 1997 to release the album Loverboy XI. Most recently, the band released their greatest hits album, The Real Thing, in 2009. For more information on Loverboy, please visit www.loverboyband.com.

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Aug
04

UPDATE FOR KS STATE FAIR 2010!

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NEW LINE-UP FOR KANSAS STATE FAIR 2010

The Kansas State Fair is proud to release the names of the first of many acts confirmed for the 2010 Kansas State Fair so check out this great line-up to be held at the Sprint Grandstand!  Call and start getting your tickets now.

Foreigner

BOB-FM Welcomes You!
Saturday, September 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Price: $25
(Includes one free gate admission through August 31, 2010)
Website: http://www.foreigneronline.com/
Video: http://www.foreigneronline.com/videos.html
Follow Foreigner on TwitterForeigner on Facebook

Rodney Atkins with Chris Young

KZSN Welcomes You!
Sunday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Price: $25
(Includes one free gate admission through August 31, 2010)
Website: http://www.rodneyatkins.com/
Video: http://www.rodneyatkins.com/videos.html
Rodney Atkins on Facebook

Terry Fator

KWCH Welcomes You!
Monday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Price: $33
Website: http://www.terryfator.com/
Blog: http://www.terryfator.com/blog.html
Follow Terry Fator on TwitterTerry Fator’s Facebook pageTerry Fator on Youtube

Oak Ridge Boys

Tuesday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Price: $25
(Includes one free gate admission through August 31, 2010)
Website: http://www.oakridgeboys.com/home/
Videos: http://www.oakridgeboys.com/videos/
Follow the Oak Ridge Boys on Twitter
Oak Ridge Boys on Facebook the Oak Ridge Boys on YouTube

Howie Mandel

Thursday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Price: $25
(Includes one free gate admission through August 31, 2010)
PG Rated Show
Website: http://www.howiemandel.com/
Follow Howie Mandel on twitterHowie Mandel on Facebook

Blake Shelton with James Otto

KFDI Welcomes You!
Friday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Price: $28
(Includes one free gate admission through August 31, 2010)
Website: http://www.blakeshelton.com/
Video: http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid46881135001?bctid=45796841001
Blake Shelton’s Youtube ChannelBlake Shelton’s Facebook pageFollow Blake Shelton on Twitter
Website: http://www.jamesotto.net/
Videos: http://www.jamesotto.net/media/videos/15
Blake Shelton’s Facebook pageFollow Blake Shelton on Twitter

MercyMe

B98 Welcomes You!
Saturday, September 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Price: $25
(Includes one free gate admission through August 31, 2010)
Website: http://www.mercyme.org/
Blog: http://www.mercyme.org/category/blog/
Follow MercyMe on Twitter
MercyMe on FacebookMercyMe on YouTube

Selena Gomez

Sunday, September 19 at 4:00 p.m.
Ticket Price: $35
Ticket Price: $27.50 (Includes one free gate admission through August 31, 2010)
Website: Website: http://selenagomez.com/
Follow Selena Gomez on TwitterSelena Gomez’s Facebook pageSelena Gomez YouTube Videos

Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pull

MAAN Welcomes You!
Friday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices:
$10 Adult (Ages 13+)
$5 Child (Ages 6-12)

Demolition Derby

KNZS & KXKU Welcomes You!
Wednesday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Price: $6 Adult (Ages 13+)

Additional news regarding cancellations for the 2010 Line-up!

ZZ Top with Mick Fleetwood Blues Band
THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN CANCELED!!! PLEASE CONTACT THE KANSAS STATE FAIR TICKET OFFICE FOR REFUND INFORMATION.  1-800-362-3247 OR 620-669-3618

Want to know more Contact The Kansas State Fair – 2000 N Poplar St. – Hutchinson KS – 67502-5562 – Toll Free 1-800-362-3247

The Kansas State Fair also offers some free entertainment for all ages with the purchase of Gate Admission for the fairgrounds.  Plus there are wonderful carnival rides and great exhibits to see.  Try out the food and the wine tasting booths!  Visit the fantastic beer garden and relax with a friend.  You might even meet someone new.  Take the children to see the animals, and don’t forget about the Petting Zoo, too.  If you want to see more, ride the Train!  It’s a great experience to ride up close with a friend.  Yes plan to attend this year’s event at least one day and let the good times build fond memories to last a lifetime!  Be sure to check these entertainment events out:

Free Entertainment!!!

Every year there is something new to see at the Kansas State Fair! You will want to check out all the events to discover your favorite. Three stages of FREE entertainment, attractions, and strolling acts throughout the fairgrounds provide entertainment for all ages.

Entertainment that strolls the Kansas State Fairgrounds have been a part of the fun for years. Racing Pigs, Goat Milking, Musicians and more – the Kansas State Fair offers more than a day’s worth of free entertainment.

BRETZ LAW ARENA:

Ron Diamond, Comic Hypnotist – Sponsored by Krause Corporation – shows daily

Pedal Pull Championships – Sunday, 9/12

Kansas Auctioneers Bid Calling Contest – Sponsored by Kansas Auctioneers Association. Wednesday, 9/15

Woodcarvers Auction – Saturday, 9/18

SPRINT GRANDSTAND:

Big Rig Rides – Sponsored by Kansas Motor Carriers Association. Wednesday, 9/15

GOTTSCHALK PARK:

Wild About Monkeys – Sponsored by Farmers National Bank – shows daily

Toddler Games Driving School & Art Fair – Sponsored by Kansas Fairs and Festivals. Saturday, 9/11

Arm Wrestling Competition – Sunday, 9/12

Emergency Preparedness Exhibit – Monday, 9/13

Roy Coffee Antique Farm Machinery Show – Sponsored by KFSA. Saturday, 9/18

Nostalgic Car Show – Sponsored by Elliott Mortuary. Sunday, 9/19

LAKE TALBOTT STAGE:

Text Messaging Contest – Sponsored by U.S. Cellular. Saturday, 9/18

AROUND THE GROUNDS:

Seed Survivor – open daily east of Oz Gallery

AJ Lutter, Chainsaw Artist – Sponsored by Timber Products and Star Lumber – shows daily north of Lake Talbott

Hedricks Exotic Animal Petting Zoo – open daily- South of Sprint Grandstand

Oscar the Robot – Sponsored by Saunas Today – strolls the fairgrounds daily

Richard Renner, Stiltwalker – strolls the fairgrounds daily

Pig Races – Sponsored by Ford Drive One Tour – shows daily- North of Bison Arena

AGRILAND – open daily- Pride of Kansas Bldg.

Interactive Game Experience – Sponsored by T2 Wireless – open daily- Technology Bldg.

Kansas Rides Motorcycle Rally and Parade – Sunday, 9/12

Spelling Bee – Monday, 9/13

Kansas High School Debates – Sponsored by Kansas Wesleyan University – Tuesday, 9/14

Sentimental Journey – Sponsored by Humana – Wednesday, 9/15

High Voltage Line Safety Demonstration – Sponsored by Kansas Electric Cooperatives – shows Monday – Friday- East of Oz Gallery

Scott Daily Demonstrations – various times and locations- Bison Arena

Geo-caching Adventure – various times and locations/Sponsored by Verizon Wireless

Sheep Dog Demonstration – Wednesday, 9/15- Bison Arena

Celebrity Goat Milking Contest – Friday, 9/17 sheep, Swine & Goat Bldg.

Cowboy Mounted Shooting – Sunday, 9/19- Expo Center

Antique Tractor Pull – Sunday, 9/19- Gottschalk Park

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Apr
08

2010 KANSAS STATE FAIR news

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COUNTRY, BLUES AND ROCK TO PERFORM AT 2010 KANSAS STATE FAIR

Hutchinson, Kan. – The 2010 Kansas State Fair offers something for everyone, and this year’s Sprint Grandstand lineup is no exception. The Fair announced today it has added Maroon 5, Rodney Atkins, Blake Shelton with James Otto, and rock group ZZ Top with Mick Fleetwood Blues Band to this year’s Sprint Grandstand lineup.

Country music star Rodney Atkins best known for his No. 1 hit, “Watching You” will take the stage on Sunday, Sept. 12. R&B-influenced, two-time Grammy winner Maroon 5 will also play the Sprint Grandstand on Sept. 16. Blake Shelton, whose song “Hillbilly Bone” is currently No. 1 on the charts, will be appearing at the Sprint Grandstand on Friday, Sept. 17 after an opening by James Otto. Get a taste of blues-rock with ZZ Top and Mick Fleetwood Blues Band on Sunday, Sept. 19. These acts join the previously announced Foreigner, performing on Saturday, Sept. 11, and Terry Fator, taking the stage on Monday, Sept. 13.

The 2010 Kansas State Fair will run Sept. 10-19. Sprint Grandstand concert tickets go on sale May 8 at 8 a.m. and may be purchased at the Kansas State Fair ticket office, by calling 1-800-362-3247 or at www.kansasstatefair.com. Ticket prices for all Sprint Grandstand Acts include free gate admission to the Kansas State Fair when purchased through August 31, 2010, unless otherwise noted.

Rodney Atkins – Sunday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m. – $25

Rodney Atkins is a country music sensation who originated from a humble beginning. Living his first months as a frail, sickly infant from the Holston Methodist Home for Children in Greenville, Tenn., he was adopted by loving parents Allan and Margaret Atkins. From a young age, he sang in church and in his high school years began to play the guitar and compose songs. While in college, Atkins made regular trips to Nashville and soon signed with Curb Records. Atkins’ 2003 debut album, Honesty, garnered him a Top 5 hit with “Honesty (Write Me a List).”

Four songs from Rodney Atkins’ platinum-selling 2006 album, If You’re Going Through Hell, became No. 1 hits – a feat that no one had accomplished since 2002. In fact, two of those songs became the most-played of 2006 (“If You’re Going Through Hell [Before the Devil Even Knows]”) and 2007 (“Watching You”).

A wonderful father, Atkins places family as his first priority. He raises his 7-year-old son and two teenage stepdaughters in middle Tennessee alongside his wife of 10 years, Tammy Jo. In addition to donating to the Holston Methodist Home for Children, Atkins is also a supporter of the National Council for Adoption.

Atkins’ success has earned him the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Male Vocalist award, plus five other ACM nominations and two Country Music Association nominations. In addition to performing for a half-million people at the National Memorial Day concert in Washington, D.C., he’s performed for former President George W. Bush twice and toured with Brad Paisley and Brooks & Dunn.

To learn more about Rodney Atkins, visit his website http://www.rodneyatkins.com/
Maroon 5 – Thursday, Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m. – $39

Maroon 5 is an American rock band that won a Grammy Award in 2005 for Best New Artist. Their first album, Songs About Jane, contained four hit singles: “Harder to Breathe”, “This Love”, “She Will Be Loved” and “Sunday Morning”. Their second album, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long, was released in 2007 and includes such singles as “Makes Me Wonder”, “Won’t Go Home Without You”, and “Wake Up Call”. Their third album is scheduled to be release in summer 2010.

For more information on Maroon 5, please visit http://www.maroon5.com/

Blake Shelton with James Otto – Friday, Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m. – $28

Blake Shelton

As a teenager in Ada, Okla., Blake Shelton’s family recognized both his talent and his love for music. His mother sent a tape to a local live country music show when he was 12, and by the age of 16, he was singing at weddings and parties. Soon after, he had beaten 3,500 contestants in a statewide talent contest.

At 17, Shelton was performing at an awards ceremony when he met legendary songwriter Mae Axton (“Heartbreak Hotel”), who encouraged him to move to Nashville. Two weeks out of high school, he took her advice and packed his bags. After three years of odd jobs and struggling, he was signed to Giant Records, which folded one week after the release of his first single. Shelton was quickly picked up by Warner Bros., and his single “Austin” became a five-week No. 1 single.

Each of his first three albums went gold and produced chart-topping singles —”The Baby” from The Dreamer and “Some Beach” from Blake Shelton’s Barn & Grill. His fourth album, Pure BS, also went gold and produced a back-to-back No. 1 single, “Home,” at a time when Shelton’s presence on television was increasing. Starting Fires produced “She Wouldn’t Be Gone,” yet another multiple-week No. 1 single, and solidified Shelton’s reputation as a vocalist.

To learn more about Blake Shelton, visit his website http://www.blakeshelton.com/

James Otto
Country music sensation James Otto is widely recognizable for his single “Since You Brought It Up,” from his 2008 Warner Bros. Records Nashville release.

Otto, who grew up in a military family, started singing when he was 4 years old and learned both violin and saxophone before getting his first guitar at the age of 13. After graduating from high school, Otto did joined the U.S. Navy for two years and, following his release from active service, he moved to Nashville in 1998. While in Nashville, Otto was introduced to the MuzikMafia, a feisty group of writers and musicians that included Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson. Due to the TV exposure of MuzikMafia, Otto soon landed a record deal with Mercury Nashville where he released an album, 2002’s Days of Our Lives.

Otto later signed with Raybaw Records, a Warner Bros. Records imprint. Otto’s debut Warner Bros. release, Sunset Man, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, scored three singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and remained in the Top 5 Country Albums chart for six weeks after its release in April 2008. The album’s first single, “Just Got Started Lovin’ You,” was the Most Played Single of 2008 at Country radio and Billboard’s No. 1 Hot Country Song of 2008. The track was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. Otto was also an Academy of Country Music Award winner in the New Artist of the Year category at CMA Awards. Sunset Man has sold almost 400,000 copies.

For more information about James Otto, please visit http://www.jamesotto.net/

ZZ Top with Mick Fleetwood Blues Band – Sunday, Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m. – $39

ZZ Top

ZZ Top is a blues-rock trio from Texas that became MTV superstars in the 1980s. ZZ Top originated with guitarist Billy Gibbons, whose career started with the band Moving Sidewalks and its hit “99th Floor.” After the end of Moving Sidewalks, Gibbons recruited Frank Beard and Dusty Hill from the Dallas band American Blues to create ZZ Top.

From the group’s release of First Album in 1970, ZZ Top has been a hit. ZZ Top’s albums repeatedly made the Top 40 and the release of Eliminator helped push the group to colossal fame. The album produced sales of over 10 millions copies and remained on the charts for three and a half years. The trend continued with Afterburner, which sold over 3 million copies. 
After signing with RCA, the band’s first album for the new label, the platinum Antenna was named in tribute to rock radio.

Amidst their success, ZZ Top launched a fundraising drive to create a Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Miss. The band also performed at President George W. Bush’s inaugural ceremonies in January 2001.

In 2003, ZZ Top released Mescalero followed by a four-disc, comprehensive box set, Chrome, Smoke & BBQ. In 2004, Keith Richards inducted ZZ Top into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and 2008 marked a milestone year for ZZ Top with the release of its first live DVD, Live from Texas.

To learn more about ZZ Top, visit their website http://www.zztop.com/

Mick Fleetwood Blues Band

Bringing together four remarkable blues and rock musicians, Mick Fleetwood presents a tribute band to the 1967 Fleetwood Mac that is as current as it is nostalgic. Veteran bluesman and former Fleetwood Mac vocalist and lead guitarist Rick Vito adds his own creative flair while remaining true to the styling of early Fleetwood Mac member, Peter Green. Group rhythm hails from Lenny Castellanos on bass guitar. Mark Johnstone helps infuse a lively energy to the group on the keys and through backup vocals. The band is led by the legendary Mick Fleetwood, providing a backbone with his unmistakable powerhouse percussion and persona.

In 2008, “Blue Again” was recorded live at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, Mo. Mick Fleetwood and former Fleetwood Mac member Rick Vito produced the album, in addition to accompanying bassist, Lenny Castellanos and keyboardist, Mark Johnstone for recording.

To learn more about Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, visit its website http://www.mickfleetwoodblues.com/

Fair Fan Club

Fans wanting a first chance at the best tickets for Sprint Grandstand concerts have the opportunity to join the Fair Fan Club. Members are qualified to purchase two tickets to any Sprint Grandstand show prior to the general public on-sale. Premier, reserved seating applies, as well as other benefits. Membership dues to the Fair Fan Club are $100 per year. Tickets will go on sale for Fair Fan Club members beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, April 26. For more information on joining the club, visit www.kansasstatefair.com.
ABOUT THE KANSAS STATE FAIR

Weird, wild and wonderful, the Kansas State Fair has it all. With a world-class Midway, blue-ribbon animals galore and activities for the whole family, the fair is pure Americana – an event not to be missed.  Party with your pals and hear the hottest performers at the Sprint Grandstand. Tour the many agricultural and educational displ ays. Win prizes, brave the heart-pounding carnival rides and sample the culinary delights. Enormous vegetables, odd artifacts, homemade crafts and the infamous butter sculpture – there is something for everyone. Scheduled for September 10-19, 2010, the fair is the largest event in the state of Kansas with crowds numbering more than 350,000. The newly renovated fairgrounds are in centrally located Hutchinson, Kansas. Mark your calendars now and plan to join Kansans from across the state. It’s a wild ride, baby! For more information, call 620-669-3600, toll free 800-362-FAIR or visit www.kansasstatefair.com. Follow us on Twitter. twitter.com/KansasStateFair. Join the Fans of the Kansas State Fair on Facebook and comment on the KSF Blog, kansasstatefair.wordpress.com

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