HUTCHINSON, Kansas – Where else can you see a “Dancing with the Stars” champion, Grammy Award winners and a country artist who can hang his hat on 11 No. 1 hits?
And that just scratches the surface regarding this year’s Kansas State Fair concert series.
That’s correct — throughout the 10 days of the state fair, some of Kansans’ favorite entertainers will perform — capping off a day that has already included fair staples like fried food, midway rides, pig races, livestock shows and shopping, plus much more.
A Kansas native will kick off the 10-day event. Successful Nashville songwriter Nicolle Galyon, who hails from Sterling, will grace the grandstand stage Sept. 6. In February, Galyon was honored with a Country Music Association Triple Play Award, which honors songwriters who have achieved three No. 1 hits in a one-year period.
Galyon will open for American radio personality and 2018 “Dancing with the Stars” Mirrorball winner Bobby Bones, who will perform with his comedy show Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots.
Meanwhile, longtime country crooner Billy Currington will bring the crowd to their feet Sept. 7. Contemporary Christian singers Francesca Battistelli and Zach Williams, both with Grammy and Dove awards on their resume, will perform Sept. 11. The lineup includes rock band Skillet, Sept. 8; and country stars Lauren Alaina with Mitchell Tenpenny, Sept. 13.
“We look at our NexTech Wireless Grandstand lineup as a unique collection,” said Kansas State Fair Manager Robin Jennison. “And, it is fitting to open the Kansas State Fair — a place where we showcase the best of Kansas — with Kansas’ Nicolle Galyon.
Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. Friday, April 5. Fans can snag tickets one day earlier, on April 4, by signing up for the fair’s email list on www.KansasStateFair.co m. Prices include gate admission if purchased by Aug. 11.