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Kansas State Fair finalizes 2016 grandstand lineup

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The Kansas State Fair on Tuesday announced it has finalized its 2016 event lineup, with the addition of comedian Gabriel Iglesias and country artists Justin Moore and Clare Dunn.

Unless otherwise denoted, concert tickets are in addition to general gate admission when purchased through Aug. 20. Tickets go on sale to the general public May 6.

The 2016 Kansas State Fair will be from Sept. 9 to 18 in Hutchinson.

The full lineup of events at the Nex-Tech Wireless Grandstand is:

▪ Andy Grammer with Rachel Platten, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9; tickets from $35 to $75. Grammer has found recent chart success with his triple-platinum No. 1 single, “Honey, I’m Good,” and “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah).” Grammer became the first male pop star in a decade to reach the Top 10 at Adult Pop Radio on his first two singles, “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine By Me” from his 2011 self-titled debut album. Platten is best-known for her 2015 single, “Fight Song,” which topped iTunes and radio charts in the U.S. Platten released her major-label debut album, “Wildfire,” on Jan. 1.

▪ Gabriel Iglesias, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10; tickets from $30 to $70. Iglesias’ performance at the Kansas State Fair last year was so well-received that fairgoers wanted him back a second year. Iglesias, commonly known as “Fluffy,” is one of America’s most successful stand-up comedians, performing sold-out concerts around the world.

▪ Justin Moore with Clare Dunn, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11; tickets from $25 to $60. Moore has had three recent No. 1 country radio hits, including “Small Town USA,” “If Heaven Weren’t So Far Away” and “Til My Last Day.” Dunn, who grew up in southeast Colorado near the Oklahoma panhandle, first learned to play guitar in college. She has opened for Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Colt Ford, Parmalee and others, as well as played major festivals.

▪ Demolition Derby, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12; tickets $7 for people 13 and older and free for children 12 and younger. The fair will bring back its popular demolition derby on Monday night in lieu of a concert.

▪ Hit Makers Reunion, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13; tickets $34. Four acts will perform as part of the fair’s “Hit Makers Reunion” on Tuesday. Those acts include country band Restless Heart, known for its hits, “I’ll Still Be Loving You” and “When She Cries;” country singer Richie McDonald, who is perhaps best known as the lead singer of the band Lonestar; Suzy Bogguss, a country singer who reached the height of her popularity in the 1990s; and Billy Dean, who has recorded eight country albums since 1990, three of which have been certified gold.

▪ Crowder, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14; tickets $20 to $50. Crowder, who first achieved popularity as the lead singer of the Christian group David Crowder Band, has been recording as a solo artist since the group disbanded in 2012. His 2014 debut solo album, “Neon Steeples,” rose to No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Albums charts, peaking at No. 9 in the Billboard Top 200. His single, “Come As You Are,” was nominated for a Grammy in 2015.

▪ Hairball, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15; tickets $15 to $25. Hairball bills itself as “much more than a typical ’80s tribute band – “they are an experience, an attitude and expression of music that is so much more than a retro flashback,” according to its bio. Hairball plays hits from bands such as Van Halen, Kiss, Motley Crue, Queen, Journey, Prince, Aerosmith and more.

▪ Lynyrd Skynyrd, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16; tickets $50 to $90. The latest incarnation of the iconic 1970s “Sweet Home Alabama” singers will come to the Kansas State Fair on its second-week Friday night. Guitarist Gary Rossington is the last original band member still touring with the group. The group continues to tour and live out the legacy of Lynyrd Skynyrd.

▪ Jake Owen with Old Dominion, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17; tickets $35 to $75. Owen’s 2011 album, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” had four singles that peaked at No. 1 on the country radio charts, including the title track. His hits also include “Alone With You,” “Anywhere With You,” and “The One That Got Away.” He has opened for Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Little Big Town, Sugarland, Keith Urban and Jason Aldean. The members of Old Dominion have written songs for the likes of Urban, Chesney and Luke Bryan. The group released its first album, “Meat and Candy,” in 2015 to critical acclaim.

▪ Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pull, 3 p.m. Sept. 18; tickets $12 for people 13 and older, $5 for children 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and younger. The fair will conclude with the return of its popular Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pull, a competition using tractors and large trucks to pull a heavy drag.

The perennial racing pigs at the Kansas State Fair on September 11, 2015 in slow motion. (video by Jaime Green)

Workshop shows people how to make a barn quilt to enter in the Kansas State Fair. (March 23, 2016)

For more information on the Kansas State Fair, visit its website at www.kansasstatefair.com.

Matt Riedl: 316-268-6660, @RiedlMatt

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