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Iowa State Fair announces free stage line-up

DES MOINES — Throughout the 11 days of the 2014 Iowa State Fair on Aug. 7-17, fairgoers can enjoy more than half a million dollars worth of free entertainment from rock legends to country up-and-comers.

This year’s line-up features alternative rock band Alien Ant Farm. The group boasts more than five million record sales, a Grammy Award nomination and four top-ten singles including their double-platinum cover of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.” Other rock groups include the Beatle’s tribute band Yesterday, Los Lonely Boys, Winger and The Romantics.

After reuniting in 2013, Trick Pony is back and better than ever with a new flare to fit today’s country radio. Their hits include “On a Mission,” “Just What I Do” and the top-ten single off their gold-certified debut album, “On a Night like This.” Other country acts include Dustin Lynch, the Swon Brothers and Eric Paslay.

Back by popular demand, the self-proclaimed “Glee-meets-Stomp” group Vocal Trash will perform daily on the Fairview Stage. Also returning is southern rock band Black Stone Cherry and Hairball, the world’s ultimate ’80s arena rock impersonation act.

Discounted admission tickets are available now through August 6, with savings of nearly 30 percent. Purchase tickets online at The Iowa State Fair Ticket Office opens Monday, July 7, for walk-up orders.

A complete listing of event dates, times and locations follows:

Fairview Stage sponsored by Coors Light with media sponsor KCCI 8 News

Aug. 7-17 — Vocal Trash (1 & 3 p.m.)

Aug. 7 — Los Lonely Boys (8 p.m.)

Aug. 8 — The Nadas (7 and 9 p.m.)

Aug. 9 — Alien Ant Farm (8 p.m.)

Aug. 10-11 — Savannah Jack (7 and 9 p.m.)

Aug. 12 — Green River Ordinance (8 p.m.)

Aug. 13 — The Romantics (8 p.m.)

Aug. 14 — Trixter (8 p.m.)

Aug. 15 — Black Stone Cherry (8 p.m.)

Aug. 16 — The Blue Band (7 and 9 p.m.)

Aug. 17 — Here Come the Mummies (8 p.m.)

Anne and Bill Riley Stage sponsored by Pepsi

Aug. 7-8 — The Willis Clan (7 and 9 p.m.)

Aug. 9 — Iowa State Fair Queen Coronation (7 p.m.)

Aug. 10-14 — Ron Diamond (7 and 9 p.m.)

Aug. 15-16 — Ryan Shupe and The RubberBand (7 and 9 p.m.)

Aug. 17 — Bill Riley All Star Show (7 p.m.)

Bud Light Stage

sponsored by ABC5 

Aug. 7 — Winger (8 p.m.)

Aug. 8 — Great White (8 p.m.)

Aug. 9 — PopROCKS (7:30 and 9:30 p.m.)

Aug. 10 — Slaughter (8 p.m.)

Aug. 11-12 — Hairball (7:30 p.m.)

Aug. 13 — Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles (8 p.m.)

Aug. 14 — Ben Portsmouth (8 p.m.)

Aug. 15-16 — Yesterday: A Beatles Tribute (8 p.m.)

Aug. 17 — Fastball (8 p.m.)

Susan Knapp

Amphitheater with media sponsor KDSM FOX 17

Aug. 7 — Kristian Bush (8 p.m.)

Aug. 8 — Jon Pardi (8 p.m.)

Aug. 9 — Dallas Smith (8 p.m.)

Aug. 10 — Trick Pony (8 p.m.)

Aug. 11 — Dustin Lynch (8 p.m.)

Aug. 12 — Country Gold (5 and 7:30 p.m.)

Aug. 13 — The Swon Brothers (8 p.m.)

Aug. 14 — Fair-well to Summer Dance Party (7 p.m.)

Aug. 15 — Eric Paslay (8 p.m.)

Aug. 16 — Sundy Best (8 p.m.)

Aug. 17 — Charles Esten (8 p.m.)

The fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines. Discounted gate admission tickets are on sale now through print-at-home ticket option at For more information, call (800) 545-FAIR or visit

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