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Great seats available for 2011 Iowa State Fair grandstand shows

July 31, 2011
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald - DES MOINES - Music-loving Fairgoers still have time to purchase tickets for this year's line-up of award-winning Grandstand entertainment and track events. "Nothing Compares" to the 2011 Iowa State Fair set August 11-21.

Stellar seats are still available for performances by Grammy-winners and number-one hit performers like Christian music stars Casting Crowns, country legends Ronnie Dunn and Sugarland, pop-star Janet Jackson, and rock acts Lynyrd Skynyrd and Doobie Brothers.

All reserved seats for the Jason Aldean concert on Friday, August 12, are sold out.

Tickets for all other concert and track events are on sale now through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, and through the Iowa State Fair Ticket Office. All concert events are reserved seating; track events are general admission. The Fair's Ticket Office, located on the front porch of the Administration Building, is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays for walk-up orders only (no mail, phone or fax orders). During the Fair, the Ticket Office will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Convenience charges will apply to all tickets. Grandstand tickets do not include admission to the Fair.

Complete line-up follows:

2011 Iowa State Fair Grandstand Line-up

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Thursday, August 11 Casting Crowns with special guest Sanctus Real, 8 p.m. $30

Friday, August 12 FrJason Aldean with special guests Chris Young and Thompson Square, 8 p.m., $45 (Reserved Seats Sold Out)

Saturday, August 13 Def Leppard with very special guest Heart and special guest Evan Watson, 8 p.m., $49

Sunday, August 14 The Incredible Machine Tour featuring Sugarland with Sara Bareilles, 8 p.m., $46

Monday, August 15 Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models, 5:30 p.m. Hot Laps, 6 p.m. Races, $15 adults, $5 children ages 6-11, free for ages 5 and under

Tuesday, August 16 Lynyrd Skynyrd and Doobie Brothers, 8 p.m. $46

Wednesday, August 17 Grand Outlaw National Tractor and Truck Pull, 2 p.m. $20 Adults, $10 children ages 6-11, free for ages 5 and under

Thursday, August 18 Ronnie Dunn with special guest Steel Magnolia, 8 p.m., $35

Friday, August 19 Train and Maroon 5 with special guest Gavin DeGraw, 8 p.m., $47

Saturday, August 20 Demolition Derby, 11:30 a.m., $12 adults, $5 children ages 6-11, free for ages 5 and under

Saturday, August 20 REBA with special guest Jerrod Niemann, 8 p.m., $45

Sunday, August 21 An Evening with Janet Jackson: Up Close and Personal, 8 p.m. $65 and $55

"Nothing Compares" to the 2011 Iowa State Fair, celebrating 100 years of the Butter Cow August 11-21. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit


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