The Kansas State Fair each year offers the state’s biggest collection of fried foods, farm animals and fast-moving thrill rides.
But the fair also is fabulous for fans of live music, who have near-nightly concerts by recognizable, national acts to choose from.
Here’s a look at who’s playing this year:
• Victoria Justice with Max Schneider
7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets $30: The concert most likely to draw squealing preteen girls is the one featuring Justice, the star of the Nickelodeon shows “Victorious” and “Zoey 101.” Her opening act, Schneider, also is a Nickelodeon star. He appears in the show “How to Rock.”
7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets $35: The classic rock band, which hails from Boston, is known for its hits from the 1970s and 1980s, including “More Than a Feeling” and “Amanda.” The is the Grandstand’s biggest seller so far this year, said fair General Manager Denny Stoecklein.
• .38 Special
7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $25: Formed in Florida in the mid-1970s, the classic rock band .38 Special is recognizable for hits such as “Hold On Loosely,” “Caught Up in You” and “Teacher Teacher.”
• Oak Ridge Boys with Jimmy Fortune
7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets $24 to $29: Known best for its harmonies, hairdos and hits such as “Elvira,” this 1980s country group is a longtime Kansas State Fair staple. Opening act Fortune is a former member of the group The Statler Brothers.
• Chris Cagle
7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets free with paid outside gate admission: The fair always offers a free concert, and this year its headliner is Cagle, a country music singer whose radio hits include “What a Beautiful Day,” “Chicks Dig It” and “What Kinda Gone.”
• Casting Crowns
7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets $25: Contemporary Christian rock group Casting Crowns hails from Florida and has both Grammy and Dove awards on its resume.
7:30 p.m. Sept. 14. Tickets $33: Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson headline this group, which in the 1970s and 1980s had hits such as “Barracuda,” “Crazy on You,” “What About Love” and “These Dreams.”
• Billy Currington with Jake Owen
7:30 p.m., Sept. 15. Tickets $30: Headliner Currington is a rising country star whose chart-topping songs include “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right,” “People Are Crazy” and “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer.” His opening act Owen opened for Keith Urban when he played Intrust Bank Arena in August last year. His hits include “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You,” “Eight Second Ride” and “Barefoot Blue Jean Night.”