Tickets go on sale this weekend for State Fair


Springfield– Tickets for the Illinois State Fair Grandstand concerts go on sale this Saturday, April 27, through Ticketmaster.

"Whether classic rock, blues, country or pop, the Illinois State Fair has a show to for everyone," according to State Fair Manager Amy Bliefnick.

The 2013 line-up includes country mega-stars Billy Currington, The Band Perry, Toby Keith, Gary Allan and Thompson Square, rock legends Styx, REO Speedwagon, Head East and Journey, Grammy-winning blues guitarist John Mayer and pop sensation Ke$ha.

Tickets for the Aug. 11 John Mayer and Aug. 14 Toby Keith concerts already are available through Ticketmaster.  Sales for the rest of the Illinois State Fair line-up begin Saturday (April 27) at 10 a.m. 

For the first time this year the fair is offering a special "VIPit" ticket that includes prime viewing locations close to the stage.  Holders will be escorted to this area 30 minutes prior to the opening of all other gates.  However, only one thousand will be sold for each show.  

"It's a great value and will allow even the most diehard fans to enjoy all the attractions the fair has to offer before they go to their concert" Bliefnick added.

Ticketmaster offers online, phone and in-person sales.  Tickets can be purchased either by going to on the internet, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting any Ticketmaster outlet.  The Grandstand box office on the fairgrounds will open for walk-up sales Monday, June 10.

A list of the Grandstand entertainers, the dates of their performances and costs of their tickets follows.  For more information, including a downloadable order form, visit the Illinois State Fair website at or call 217-782-1979.  All adults and children 3 years of age and older must have a ticket.  All sales are final.  The fair does not provide refunds or exchanges on ticket purchases.

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