A great mix of music and comedy will be awaiting fans at this year’s Central Washington State Fair.  Here is today's press release.

" A diverse group of well known entertainers will be performing during the ten-day Fair including: the blues rocker George Thorogood; 70’s rock group Kansas; country stars Joe Nichols and Neal McCoy; rock band Trapt; rock artist Joan Jett and comedian Louie Anderson.

The Fair will also be presenting two days of Latin music featuring A.B. Quintanilla and the Kumbia Kings and a performance by Mexican/Tejano artist El Coyote.

The headline performers will be playing at the Budweiser Stage as part of the U.S. Cellular® Concert Series.

Another group of new entertainers will be performing during the Fair at the Pacific Power

Community Stage.  Scheduled to perform as the headliners on that stage this year are: musical dance group Street Beat; Eagles tribute band Hotel California; AC/DC tribute band Hells Belles; and Aerosmith tribute band Draw the Line.

“We’ve stepped up our entertainment budget to provide even more for people to enjoy at the Fair this year,” said Fair president and general manager Greg Stewart.  “Our patrons will definitely notice the difference.”

Blues rock guitarist George Thorogood will appear on Friday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m., the opening night of the Fair.   The popular musician has had several hit singles including “Bad to the Bone”, “Move it on Over,” among others.

On the opening Saturday of the Fair, the pop rock band Kansas will perform at 7:30 p.m. on the Budweiser Stage.   For more than 40 years the band has been performing their hits such as “Dust in the Wind” and “Carry On Wayward Son.”

Latin musical group Kumbia Kings are set to perform at the Fair on Sunday, September 21 at 4 p.m.  This eight piece band has had a number of hits and has won four Billboard Awards and 17 Tejano Music Awards among others.

Country star Joe Nichols will perform on the Budweiser Stage on Tuesday, September 23 at 7 p.m.  Some of Nichols hits include “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” as well his latest hits  “Sunny and 75” and “Yeah”.

The Fair stays country on Wednesday, September 24 when Neal McCoy plays at 7 p.m.  McCoy will be playing all of his hits including “No Doubt About It” and “Wink” among others.

American rock band Trapt plays the Fair on Thursday, September 25 at 7 p.m.  Best known for their hit “Headstrong” the group has had other hits such as “Stand Up” along with others.

Then, on Friday, September 26 the legendary Joan Jett will perform at the Fair.   The popular leader of the hard rocking “Black Hearts” has had nine Top 40 hits including “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll”, “I Hate Myself for Loving You” and others.   Her concert on the Budweiser Stage begins at 7:30 p.m.

Well known comedian Louie Anderson, will perform his family friendly brand of comedy at the Fair on Saturday, September 27 at 7:30.  The multi-talented performer has been on TV and in movies, but is best known for his stand-up comedy and was recently selected as one of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians of all time by Comedy Central.

On the final Sunday of the Fair Mexican/Tejano artist El Coyote and his band Banda Tierra Santa will be performing on the big stage at 4:00 p.m.  The Mexican born El Coyote, has performed all over Mexico and the U.S. and has a number of albums to his credit.

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10:00 am.  Once again this year there will be some no charge seats for each performance, but those seats are limited. The prices for the reserved seats vary depending on the artist.  Fair admission will be sold separately from any reserved seating for the shows. To purchase any reserve seats call 1-800-325-SEAT.  

For more information on this year’s Central Washington State Fair and the 2014 entertainment line-up, go to the Fair’s website at www.fairfun.com.  This year’s Fair runs from September 19 through September 28 in Yakima.

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