The 2013 Kentucky State Fair, August 15 - 25, has lots of FREE shows this year. Let's see who'll be there and when. All shows will begin at 8 p.m. and gates will open at approximately 6:30 p.m. and are free with Kentucky State Fair gate admission.

Thursday, August 15

Vertical Horizon and Blind Melon

Vertical Horizon is best known for their hit “Everything You Want” which earned the #1 spot on the Billboard’s Hot 100 and went on to become the most played song of 2000. They will be joined by another well-loved alternative rock band, Blind Melon who broke onto the scene with the smash hit “No Rain” and earned both Grammy and American Music Award nominations

Friday, August 16


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En Vogue

Having won more MTV Video Music Awards than any other female group in history, EnVogue is an R&B and pop legend. They have sold more than 8 million albums and are best known for hits like “Hold On” and “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get it).”


Saturday August 17

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Chevelle is a perennial alternative rock favorite. They have released 6 albums and sold more than 4 million copies in the U.S. With their most recent album, Hats Off to the Bull, Chevelle has continued to evolve as a band. When the first single “Face to the Floor” was released, it quickly became the #1 most added record at Active and Alternative Rock radio.

Sunday August 18

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Oak Ridge Boys and Jimmy Fortune

The Oak Ridge Boys, a Kentucky State Fair favorite, perform for the 37th consecutive year. With four-part harmonies and country roots, 12 of the group’s albums have gone gold, three platinum and one double-platinum. Jimmy Fortune toured with the Statler Brothers for years after the death of original member and founder, Lew DeWitt. His high tenor provided a new sound for the award-wining group. Fortune also wrote their hit song, "Elizabeth".

Monday August 19

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Casting Crowns

Contemporary Christian favorite Casting Crowns has sold more than 5 million records. Formed as a student worship band, they burst onto the scene in 1999 and quickly took over Christian music. In 2009, Until the Whole World Hears debuted at #4 on the Billboard’s 200 and sold over 167,000 copies in its first week alone, setting a new record for the highest Christian album debut in history.

Tuesday August 20

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Clay Walker  and Parmalee  

For country fans, there is a lot offered. Clay Walker, a country star since his debut in 1993, has released 11 albums and charted 30 singles.

Wednesday August 21

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Jerrod Niemann and Thomas Rhett and Kelsey K

These country bands and singers, Parmalee, Jerrod Niemann, Thomas Rhett and Kelsey K, represent some of the rising stars of country music.

Thursday August 22















Happy Together Tour 

The Happy Together Tour returns this summer, bringing back some of the top performers of the 1960s including The Turtles, Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, Mark Lindsay, former leader singer for Paul Revere and the Raiders, and Gary Lewis. Between all five artists they have over 60 top 40 hits, including six #1 songs.

Friday August 23


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Montgomery Gentry

To add to the great lineup of country acts, Kentucky’s own Montgomery Gentry, famous for 14 Top 10 singles, including five songs that have hit the #1 spot, will perform at the festivities.

Saturday August 24

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Theory of a Deadman and Black Stone Cherry 

Platinum-selling quartet Theory of a Deadman has solidified their place at the top of modern hard rock. Off of their breakthrough album Scars and Souvenirs, “Bad Girlfriend” became a #1 Mainstream Rock radio hit. Hailing from Edmonton, KY, Black Stone Cherry will bring their unique Southern Rock sound to Cardinal Stadium. In their most recent album the band used everything from turkey calls to washtub basins to create a distinct and original musical offering.

Part of the above provided by the Kentucky State Fair press release