State Fair Press Conference: Concert lineup announced

Brian Long, director of the State Fair Press Office, held a press conference today in the Bearded Lady’s office (aka the intern’s office) to announce the 2009 State Fair concert lineup. Check out the video to see who’s going to be playing in Dorton Arena.

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I hope you noticed from the video that all concerts are priced at either $5, $10 or $15. You may have also noticed that we skipped Thursday, Oct. 22.  One of the bands pulled out of its contract with the Fair late last week, and we are working hard to quickly resolve this issue.  We’ll let you know as soon as we know who will be performing on this day.

Tickets go on sale Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. at See the Dorton concert page here.

So tell us, who are you excited about?

About Firecracker

Firecracker (aka Jen Kendrick) Appears as a guest blogger with a special 22-year history with the State Fair. She now works with the N.C. Pork Council, but she still lends a hand in the press office when she can. Thanks, Firecracker!


  1. Kellie Pickler!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Kellie Pickler!!! (already knew about this ’cause she posted it on her website last week!!). See ya there


  4. This video is priceless. 😀

  5. JULIANNE HOUGH!!! Awesome. Just last week I commented that I’d love to see her visit the fair. This is great news. I just saw her July 4th in Ft. Bragg for the FOURTH time. She is so friendly…great people person. I got my TENTH hug from Julianne…..but who’s counting right? As a morning announcer on our local station…I’ll certainly help promote her visit. She deserves it….without a doubt. THANKS!!!! Be Blessed!!!!

  6. Jeremy Camp and Third Day rock! Excellent choices!!

  7. Who am I looking forward too? No one.

    I really wish you guys would branch out from virtually the same line up you have had the last 4-5 years.

    Boooooooooooring snooze fest.

  8. You should try & get David Cook for October 22nd… he is playing the South Carolina & Georgia state fairs the same week. It would be a great way to add another genre of music!

  9. You need some rock n roll in your line-up! I suggest you book American Idol winner David Cook and his band for your open Oct. 22nd spot, pronto! Thanks!

  10. You need to get more than just country acts… I do LOVE that Kellie Pickler is coming, but what about booking David Cook? He is my favorite singer & it would be AWESOME to see him live!

  11. I’m only coming to the fair to see Kellie Pickler, but I would make another trip to see American Idol winner, David Cook! Please consider booking him. Thanks!

  12. David Cook would be GREAT!!!! Looks like this date is probably open for him and he’ll be in the general area.

  13. Please consider getting David Cook for the October 22nd date! I wanted to go to his show in North Carolina earlier this year, but both dates were SOLD OUT! I would really love to see him!

  14. I’m excited to see Kellie Pickler & Julianne Hough! However, I would be even more excited to see someone like David Cook… you should put him at the top of your list for October 22nd!

  15. It’s really too bad about the David Cook ticket prices… maybe you should consider Erin McCarley or Mat Kearney (he’s a Christian artist & they are on tour together) or the new country band, Gloriana… some of them are from North Carolina.

  16. Anyone know who cancelled?

  17. you should book Taylor swift!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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