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Wisconsin State Fair Announces First Shows for 2020 Main Stage

Wisconsin State Fair officials are excited to announce the first three acts for the Main Stage presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino during this year’s Fair. The Wisconsin State Fair will run Thursday, Aug. 6 through Sunday, Aug. 16 at Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis.


Grammy-nominated Christian rock band Skillet will shake the Main Stage on opening night of the Fair, Thursday, Aug. 6. The band formed in 1996 and garnered a massive following behind soaring metal anthems and a relentless touring schedule. Their 2006 album “Comatose” spent 206 weeks on the Billboard Christian Music chart, with the title track winning the GMA Dove Award for Rock Song of the Year. Skillet’s newest release “Victorious” reached No. 1 on the Billboard U.S. Christian Albums chart and No. 3 on the Billboard U.S. Top Rock Albums chart.


Colton Dixon and Ledger open the 7:30 p.m. show. Colton Dixon first gained notoriety during a Top 10 finish on Season 11 of American Idol and has since won two GMA Dove Awards for Best Rock/Contemporary Album (“A Messenger” and “Anchor”). Ledger is the solo alternative rock project of Skillet drummer Jen Ledger. All seating for this show is reserved, and tickets will be $39 and $29.


Multi-platinum entertainer Chris Young will headline the Main Stage on Friday, Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Young has accumulated an impressive list of accomplishments, including membership in the iconic Grand Ole Opry, two billion on-demand streams and 11 career No. 1 singles. The Grammy and ACM nominated vocalist headlined the Raised on Country World Tour in 2019, playing to more than 400,000 fans in three countries. Chris’s newest hits – “Drowning,” “Raised on Country” and “Town Ain’t Big Enough” featuring Lauren Alaina – will be included on a new album releasing this year. An opening act will be announced at a later time. All seating for this show is reserved, and tickets will be $54 and $49.


California surf rock legends The Beach Boys will return to the Main Stage on Saturday, Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Since their formation in the early 1960s, The Beach Boys have had 36 songs chart in the U.S. Top 40 (the most by a U.S. rock band) and have sold more than 100 million records worldwide. All seating for this show is reserved, and tickets will be $40, $35 and $30.

Tickets for all shows go ON SALE Friday, January 31 at 9 a.m. at WiStateFair.com and the State Fair Ticket Office. Print-at-home and mail-order options are available online, and service fees will apply. The Ticket Office is located at 7722 W. Greenfield Ave. in West Allis and is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All Main Stage tickets INCLUDE FAIR ADMISSION when purchased prior to entering the Fair Park.


The Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, will take place Thursday, Aug. 6 – Sunday, Aug. 16. The fair offers a unique experience to all who attend and is an exceptional value with 30 FREE entertainment stages, exciting rides and games in SpinCity, thousands of animals, endless family activities, events, contests, vendors and culinary delights. For the most up-to-date information, visit WiStateFair.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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