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Kansas State Fair lineup to include ventriloquist, Foreigner

HUTCHINSON — It won't just be recording artists taking to the grandstand stage — this year's Kansas State Fair will include a comic ventriloquist.

Terry Fator, who won "America's Got Talent" in 2007, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13. Tickets are $33.

"He puts on an incredible show," said Fair Manager Denny Stoecklein during a fair board meeting Tuesday. He added that the act would bring something different to this year's lineup.

Stoecklein also announced the fair had signed classic rock group Foreigner to the entertainment lineup.

Fator, who discovered his knack for impressions as a child performing Bill Cosby comedy routines, snagged his first paying gig at age 12. While sharpening his skills as an impressionist, he sang lead vocals for Texas, a band whose playlist included Garth Brooks to Guns N' Roses.

Stoecklein said that after Fator won the television contest, he signed a multiyear contract to perform in his own theater at the Mirage casino in Las Vegas.

Fator decided to take a week and do performances across the United States, and the fair venue will be one of them, Stoecklein said.

The act takes the stage on Dollar Day, when gate admission is just $1 or free with a Dillons Plus Card.

Stoecklein said Foreigner proved popular in 2005.

The British-American group had hits during the 1970s and 1980s, including "Cold as Ice," "Feels Like the First Time," "Waiting for a Girl Like You" and "I Want to Know What Love Is."

Tickets cost $25.

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