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Big Name Performer Asks to Return to State Fair Grandstand

Updated: 08/27/2014 10:48 PM
Created: 08/27/2014 8:57 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

The weather couldn't be better for the fans out at the Minnesota State Fair enjoying Wednesday night's grandstand act, Tim McGraw.

While the fans love the music, some of the performers love the outdoor venue and actually ask if they can come back.

McGraw sold out when he played the Grandstand at the Great Minnesota Get-Together in 2013.

And it is unusual for a performer as big as McGraw to come back and play the same venue a year later. So, when fair entertainment booker Renee Alexander got the call, she was surprised.

“In February, I got a call from his management that he wanted to come back this year. It wasn’t on our radar because he had just been here last year. But the fact it was a sold out show we were happy to have him back,” Alexander said.

With 13,000 to 16,000 fans, the fair packs nearly the same punch as most arenas for the performer, and for the fair. Their bottom line is helped by the fans at the concert.

Most people who attend concerts in the Grandstand agree, there is nothing like a show outside, at night during the summer in Minnesota.


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