Wayne Petersen, director of expo center events and fair vendors, walks through the L.B. Day Amphitheater at the state fairgrounds in Salem on May 12, 2020. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)
Those attending the Oregon State Fair this summer will hear the live soundtrack of indelible late 1990s-2000s hits, as well as a performance from The Beach Boys.
The State Fair, slated for Aug. 26 through Sept. 5 at the state fairgrounds in Salem, announced the seven-concert lineup to be expected at the L.B. Day Amphitheater:
-Gary LeVox, lead singer of country band Rascal Flatts, – Monday, Aug. 29
-Shaggy, Grammy Award-winning reggae artist – Tuesday, Aug. 30
-Bethel Music, Dove Award-winning faith and worship leaders – Wednesday, Aug. 31
-TLC, pioneering R&B girl group – Thursday, Sept. 1
-Scotty McCreery, country music artist and American Idol winner – Friday, Sept. 2
-The Beach Boys, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees – Saturday, Sept. 3
-Nelly, best-selling hip hop artist – Monday, Sept. 5
Concert tickets, fair admission, carnival rides, and fair lift tickets will be first available to Oregon State Fair e-mail subscribers during a limited-time presale starting May 5 at 10 a.m. People can sign up for the presale online through May 4, according to the announcement Friday.
Reserved concert tickets start at $40 and include free fair admission.
Ticket sales open to the general public May 6 at 10 a.m. Select prices will increase when the fair starts Aug. 26. Tickets and more information will be available on the fair's website.
Tickets for VIPPlus Suite Seats cost $100 each and include free parking, a souvenir lanyard, priority entrance, special food service, access to a VIP beverage bar and a reserved seat in the premium center section, according to the announcement. Each concert at will offer a limited number of seats free to those who bought tickets to the fair "on a first-come, first-serve basis, while space lasts."
“Celebrating the Oregon State Fair with our community is always the highlight of the year for me” CEO Kim Grewe-Powell wrote in the statement. “We have a fantastic concert lineup, new attractions, and traditional favorites this year that I know our guests will enjoy. I am grateful for the opportunity to gather together as a community to celebrate, educate and create fun memories with family and friends.”