Toby Keith to open State Fair; grandstand lineup finalized

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Country star Toby Keith will play the grandstand on the opening night of the Minnesota State Fair on Aug. 21, fair officials announced Tuesday.

The singer known for his party anthem "Red Solo Cup" will be joined by country/rap artist Colt Ford. Tickets are $49 and $59 and go on sale at 11 a.m. June 23, at mnstatefair.org or etix.com. Or call 1-800-514-3849, or go to the State Fair box office.

Keith, currently on his Shut Up and Hold On tour, promoting his "Drinks After Work" album, just played in the rain in Winsted, Minnesota, on Saturday at the Winstock Music Festival.

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He last played the State Fair in 2011, the Star Tribune notes.

The grandstand schedule for the fair has now been finalized:

Aug. 21: Toby Keith
Aug. 22: Aretha Franklin, special guest The Four Tops
Aug. 23: Kid Rock with special guest Blackberry Smoke
Aug. 24: DigiFest Minnesota
Aug. 25: The Happy Together Tour 2014
Aug. 26: Linkin Park & Thirty Seconds to Mars, special gues AFI
Aug. 27: Tim McGraw, special guest Ryan Kinder
Aug. 28: Fall Out Boy & Paramore, special guest Bad Suns
Aug. 29: Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor
Aug. 30: MN Music On A Stick: Brother Ali, Doomtree, Bob Mould, Har Mar Superstar, Cloud Cult, Cactus Blossoms
Aug. 31: Amateur Talent Contest Finals (free)
Sept. 1: Journey, special guest Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

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