DES MOINES, IA (04/11/2012)(readMedia)-- Tickets for the much-anticipated Iowa State Fair Grandstand shows go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. through all Ticketmaster outlets. The 2012 line-up is presented by U.S. Cellular.
In addition to the previously-announced star-studded line-up, George Thorogood and The Destroyers will open for the Hank Williams Jr. "Taking Back the Country Tour." Thorogood, along with his band, has been thrilling audiences with his brand of rock and blues since the 70s and is best known for his hit song "Bad to the Bone."
Print at home discounted admission tickets are on sale now through the Fair's website www.iowastatefair.org. Fairgoers can purchase gate admission tickets online and print their own tickets at no extra charge. Food tickets, Fair Play Packs, midway tickets and 11-day punch cards will also be available to order online beginning Saturday.
Tickets for all concert and track events will go on sale Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. All concert events are reserved seating; track events are general admission. Beginning July 9, the Fair's Ticket Office will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays - Fridays and 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturdays for walk-up orders only (no mail, phone or fax orders). Convenience charges will apply to all tickets. Grandstand tickets do not include Fair admission.
A complete listing of event dates, times and ticket prices follows:
2012 Iowa State Fair Grandstand Line-up
presented by U.S. Cellular
Thursday, August 9
TobyMac with special guests Tenth Avenue North and Jamie Grace, 8 p.m., $32
Friday, August 10
Happy Together Tour 2012 starring The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, The Monkees lead singer Micky Dolenz, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Grass Roots and The Buckinghams, 8 p.m., $25
Saturday, August 11
Larry the Cable Guy with special guest Reno Collier, 8 p.m. $35
Sunday, August 12
An Evening with Miranda Lambert, 8 p.m., $48
Monday, August 13
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 14
The Band Perry with special guest Easton Corbin, 8 p.m., $35
Wednesday, August 15
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 16
An Evening with Big Time Rush, 7 p.m., $38
Friday, August 17
Hank Williams Jr. "Taking Back the Country Tour" with special guest George Thorogood and the Destroyers, 8 p.m., $39
Saturday, August 18
Demolition Derby, 11:30 a.m., $12 adults, $5 children ages 6-11, free for ages 5 and under
Saturday, August 18
Journey with Pat Benatar and Loverboy, 8 p.m., $48
Sunday, August 19
Rascal Flatts with Little Big Town, Eli Young Band and Edens Edge, 7 p.m., $59
"Nothing Compares" to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, August 9-19. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit www.iowastatefair.org.