The Ohio State Fair has announced its preliminary entertainment lineup for the 2009 season, scheduled for July 29-August 9. Tickets for shows purchased in advance include fair admission which is normally $10 for ages 13 – 59. Advance tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster retail outlets and online at Ticketmaster.com beginning March 28 except for the closing act.
The Ohio State Fair is held annually at the Ohio Expo Center, located just off of I-71 between 17th and 13th Avenues.
Kelly Clarkson – July 29 at 7:00 PM
Kelly Clarkson, the inaugural American Idol, will open the Ohio State Fair concert season in celebration of her fourth studio album “All I Ever Wanted”, scheduled for release in March.
Tickets prices have not yet been determined but are scheduled for presale on March 28.
Jeff Dunham – July 30 at 7:00 PM; $38
Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, star of top-rated Comedy Central specials, headlines the Ohio State Fair.
Keith Sweat – July 31 at 7:00 PM; $15
The release of “Just Me” in May will be Keith Sweat’s first studio album since 2002. The R & B/soul artist will perform in Columbus at the Ohio State Fair.
All-Ohio State Fair Band and Youth Choir – August 2 at 1:00 PM – Free with Fair Admission
This annual performance featuring the best of the best of Ohio’s high school musicians and vocalists is a crowd favorite and well worth the trip. Of particular enjoyment is the performance of “Stars & Stripes Forever” by the All-Ohio State Fair Band.
Little Big Town with Jamey Johnson – August 2 at 7:30 PM; $23
Academy of Country Music award winning Little Big Town will headline the Ohio State Fair. Jamey Johnson, a triple 2009 Grammy nominee, will open the show.
The Four Aces – August 4 at 1:00 PM – Free with Fair Admission
Founded in 1950, The Four Aces will bring 50s classics to Columbus.
Kenny Rogers & Glen Campbell – August 4 at 7:30 PM; $28
“The Gambler” and the “Rhinestone Cowboy” will share the stage at the Ohio State Fair.
Demi Lavato – August 6 at 7:00 PM; $23
The star of Disney’s “Sonny With a Chance” is touring to promote her 2008 album “Don’t Forget”.
Eric Benet – August 7 at 7:00 PM
“Chocolate Legs” artist Eric Benet warms up Columbus.
Tickets prices haven’t yet been determined, but are scheduled for presale on March 28.
Rascal Flatts with Darius Rucker – August 9 TBA
Rascal Flatts, featuring Central Ohio natives Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus with band mate Joe Don Rooney, will close the 2009 Ohio State Fair at Crew Stadium.
Darius Rucker, formerly the lead singer for Hootie & the Blowfish will open the show.
The ticket price and presale date have not yet been determined.
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