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Here's who will be playing at the Kansas State Fair grandstand this year

Trace Adkins will perform at the Kansas State Fair on Sept. 14.
Trace Adkins will perform at the Kansas State Fair on Sept. 14.

The Kansas State Fair on Wednesday announced it has finalized its grandstand lineup with the addition of The Beach Boys.

The fair announced much of its concert lineup last week, but waited until Wednesday to announce the "Good Vibrations"-feeling band.

Tickets are on sale now at www.kansasstatefair.com or by phone at 620-669-3600. If purchased before Aug. 20, concert tickets include gate admission for that day of the fair.

The fair is offering a special "early-bird" pricing deal, wherein a $5 processing fee per ticket will be waived if the tickets are purchased before May 10.

All concerts take place at the Nex-Tech Wireless Grandstand on the fairgrounds in Hutchinson.

The 2018 Kansas State Fair will be from Sept. 7-16.

The grandstand lineup includes:

  • KC and The Sunshine Band, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7; tickets from $5-10. This disco/funk band came into popularity in the 1970s with such hits as "That's The Way (I Like It)," "(Shake Shake Shake) Shake Your Booty," and "Get Down Tonight." The band's performance will be the cheapest concert of the fair as well.

  • Dan+Shay with special guest Cassadee Pope, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8; tickets from $25-$60. Dan+Shay is a country duo known for songs including "19 You + Me" and "From the Ground Up." The pair will be accompanied by country pop artist Cassadee Pope, formerly of the rock band Hey Monday.

  • Josh Abbott Band with special guest BlackHawk, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9; tickets from $15-$45. The Josh Abbott Band, frequent guests at Wichita's Cotillion, will play at the State Fair on its first Sunday. The band will feature BlackHawk, a country band in existence since 1992.

  • Demolition Derby, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10; tickets $7 for ages 13+, free for children 12 and under. As is tradition, the fair will bring back its popular demolition derby on Monday night in lieu of a concert.

  • Roots & Boots Tour featuring Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Collin Raye, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11; tickets from $25-$45. These three country artists are currently touring as part of what they call the Roots & Boots Tour, which will stop at the fair on Tuesday. The artists all perhaps hit their peak popularity in the 1990s.

  • For King & Country with special guest Zach Williams, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12; tickets from $20-$50. For King & Country is a popular Christian pop duo from Australia that has drawn comparisons to Coldplay. Their guest Zach Williams is a Grammy-winning Christian artist.

  • Bret Michaels, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13; tickets from $25-$60. On Thursday of the State Fair, the former frontman of '80s hair band Poison will perform. Michaels performs Poison hits including "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," "Unskinny Bopp" and "Talk Dirty to Me."

  • Trace Adkins, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14; tickets from $25-$65. Popular country artist Trace Adkins will visit the fair on its second Friday, performing hits such as "No Thinkin' Thing," "Ladies Love Country Boys," and "You're Gonna Miss This."

  • The Beach Boys, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15; tickets from $25-$60. The Beach Boys, one of the most popular surf-pop groups of the 1960s and '70s, will perform on the fair's second Saturday. The group has earned multiple Grammy nominations for songs including ""Kokomo" and "Good Vibrations." It earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.

  • Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pull, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16; tickets $12 for ages 13+, $5 ages 5-12, free for children 4 and under. The fair will once again conclude with its popular Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pull, a competition using tractors and large trucks to pull a heavy drag.

Follow the adventures of Eagle staffers Denise Neil and Matt Riedl on their quest for freebies at the Kansas State Fair.

Bob Briggs demonstrates how to give a chicken a bath at the Kansas State Fair. (Video by Denise Neil/The Wichita Eagle/Sept. 6, 2014)

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