State Fair concerts all free, at new venue

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 LOUISVILLE -- The Kentucky State Fair announces the lineup of the all-new Texas Roadhouse Concert Series, which runs throughout the fair, Aug. 16-26. 

The series features a wide range of musical artists with a different concert every night, for a total of 26 bands. 

This year all concerts at the Kentucky State Fair are free with paid gate admission.

Louisville-based Texas Roadhouse is a new sponsor to the Kentucky State Fair.  

“We are proud to be the presenting sponsor for the Kentucky State Fair Concert Series. Music and the State Fair go together like fresh rolls and honey cinnamon butter,” said Kent Taylor founder and CEO of Texas Roadhouse. 

The Texas Roadhouse Concert Series debuts at Bluegrass Village, a new entertainment venue at the fair. 

Adjacent to Kentucky Kingdom, the new setting adds local food vendors, two stages and highlights a variety of Kentucky’s distilled and crafted beverages and products. 

“Moving the concerts from Freedom Hall and Cardinal Stadium to a new entertainment area provides fairgoers a value-added experience,” said Dr. Mark Lynn, chairman of the Kentucky State Fair Board.  “And with Texas Roadhouse on board as a major entertainment sponsor enhances the experience for our 600,000 guests all eleven days of the fair.” 

The Texas Roadhouse Concert Series lineup is: 

*Thursday, August 16: Gary Allan with special guest Walker Montgomery

*Friday, August 17: 112 with special guest Midnight Star

*Saturday, August 18: Great White with special guests Vixen and GoldylockS

*Sunday, August 19: The Oak Ridge Boys with special guests Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers

*Monday, August 20: Casting Crowns with special guests Bonray

*Tuesday, August 21: Happy Together Tour

*Wednesday, August 22: Chris Janson with special guest Carly Pearce

*Thursday, August 23: Chevelle with special guest The Cunning

*Friday, August 24: Josh Turner with special guest Dillon Carmichael

*Saturday, August 25: The Commodores 

*Sunday, August 26: Mercy Me with special guest Stars Go Dim 

 The 2018 Kentucky State Fair is Aug. 16-26 at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

For more information,visit www.kystatefair.org or find the Fair on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or its blog.