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Fans Get Second Clay Aiken Performance At State Fair

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Clay Aiken fans will get a second chance to see the "American Idol" star when he comes to this year's State Fair. Due to large interest in the first concert, a second show has been booked for Monday, Oct. 18, at 3 p.m. in Dorton Arena.

Fairgoers can purchase reserved tickets for $15 online at the State Fair's

Web site

beginning Monday, Sept. 27, at noon.

The first Clay Aiken concert sold out within 10 minutes of going on sale on Friday, Sept. 3. In addition, ticket sales for the other Fair concerts have been strong.

The State Fair will employ the same online ordering process for the second show. The State Fair contracts with Yahoo! to sell tickets online. The State Fair creates its own State Fair Store using the Yahoo! server.

The online ordering process had some issues after some complained they were not able to get tickets, but state fair manager Wesley Wyatt said those issues are being worked out.

"We understand that human error occurs," said State Fair Manager Wesley Wyatt. "We have been working with Yahoo! to resolve the issue and are confident that the system will work properly during the second online sale. We will contact people who purchased the extra tickets to the first show and provide them the option of getting favorable seats to the 3 p.m. show."

Only 6,000 seats are available, and there will be a limit of four tickets per person for the concert. There will be no free seating available for the show.

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