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If the Grandstand concerts at the Minnesota State Fair are a little too pricey, don't fret – there are hundreds of acts attendees can see, all for free.

Musical performances, dog shows, karaoke contests, skateboarding competitions and trampoline shows are among the more than 900 shows that will be part of the Great Minnesota Get-Together's free entertainment lineup, which was announced Tuesday.

The fair's major free stage – the Leinie Lodge Bandshell – will host Celtic favorites Gaelic Storm (Aug. 27-28), country star Terri Clark (Aug. 29-30), singer Andy Grammer (Aug. 31-Sept. 1), rock singer Lou Gramm (Sept. 2-3) ska punk band Reel Big Fish (Sept. 4-5) and the a cappella group Home Free (Sept. 6-7).

All these shows start at 8:30 p.m. and are free with the price of fair admission.

On the International Bazaar Stage, fairgoers can see the Twin Cities jazz blues band Davina and the Vagabonds, dance band UniverSoul, retro R&B group Sonny Knight and the Lakers, Minnesota country band Lost Highway, Innocent Reggae Band and Malamanya will all perform.

If music isn't your thing, families can head over to The North Woods to see the All-Star Stunt Dogs Splash and Timberworks Lumberjack shows, check out the Flippenout Extreme Trampoline Show at Expo Place, or visit 3rd Lair SkatePark's The X-Zone as professionals show off their skateboard and BMX bike skills, among dozens of other shows.

For a complete list of the other hundreds of other acts and shows – including many from the region – that will be performing throughout the 12-day Great Minnesota Get-Together visit the State Fair's website here.

Other State Fair goodies will be announced in the coming weeks, including the more Grandstand shows, while the new foods for 2015 will be announced in June, while new attractions and exhibits will be revealed in July, the fair notes.

This year's fair runs from Aug. 27 through Labor Day, Sept. 7.

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