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Kimberly Locke, Country Stars To Join Aiken At State Fair

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Dorton Arena will host a hot lineup of entertainment at the 2004 State Fair with an exciting mix of top newcomers and proven favorites.

The State Fair's entertainment lineup kicks off Friday, Oct. 15, with rising country star Josh Turner. On Saturday, Oct. 16, Dorton Arena will host the first-ever State Fair Cheer & Dance Championship. "Eighth World Wonder" vocalist Kimberly Locke will perform Sunday, Oct. 17, and hometown pop sensation Clay Aiken will entertain loyal fans on Monday, Oct. 18.

Grand Ole Opry's Legends Fest performers Bill Anderson, Lynn Anderson, Bill Conlee and T.G. Shepard, with special guest host George "Goober" Lindsey, bring back their classic country sounds for two performances on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 3 and 7:30 p.m.

Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley and Bluegrass Entertainer of the Year Rhonda Vincent will perform along with the Triangle's own Grasscats on Wednesday, Oct. 20. Motown favorites the Four Tops will bring their classic sounds to the stage on Thursday, Oct. 21, and contemporary Christian group MercyMe will sing their crossover hit "I Can Only Imagine" along with many others on Friday, Oct. 22.

Gary Allan, one of Nashville's best kept secrets, takes the stage Saturday, Oct. 23, and pop country super group Lonestar wraps up 10 great days of entertainment on Sunday, Oct. 24.

"We are excited about our entertainment lineup for the 2004 State Fair," said Agriculture Commissioner Britt Cobb. "We've booked several bigger-name acts for Dorton Arena, and we hope fair visitors will enjoy this dynamic lineup."

Fairgoers can

purchase reserved tickets online

beginning Friday, Sept. 3, at noon.

All concert tickets are $5 with the exception of Lonestar, which will be $10, and Clay Aiken, which are $15.

Reserved concert tickets will also be on sale at the Dorton Arena ticket booth during the 2004 State Fair unless the show sells out beforehand.

Because only 6,000 seats are available, a limit of four tickets per fairgoer will be offered for the Clay Aiken concert. Fair admission will be required for all shows and there will be no free seating available. Concert tickets will only be available online before the Fair starts.

All shows start at 7:30 p.m. Doors open one hour before the shows start.

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