2012 Iowa State Fair to End on an Entertaining Note Print
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Tuesday, 07 August 2012 08:24

DES MOINES, IA (08/06/2012)(readMedia)-- The 2012 Iowa State Fair is set to end on a high note on Extreme Sunday, August 19, with a boot tappin' Grandstand show and a full day of free entertainment. Plus, Fairgoers can take advantage of half-price gate admission, a chance to win prizes in the Iowa Lottery's "Mystery Millionaire" event, and free parking for carloads of five or more in the North Lot (until 9 p.m.). "Nothing Compares" to the Iowa State Fair, set August 9-19.

GRANDSTAND ENTERTAINMENT:

Since their inception in 1999, the trio of Rascal Flatts has released songs like "These Days," "Bless The Broken Road," "What Hurts The Most" and "Take Me There," some of the most successful music to come out of Nashville in recent years. They have placed 11 #1 singles and 20 Top 10 hits, seen every one of their studio albums go multi-platinum, and have become the most awarded vocal group in country music history with total sales at 20 million. Opening the 7 p.m. show is Little Big Town, Eli Young Band and Edens Edge.

Tickets are $59, on sale now through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800/745-3000 and through the Iowa State Fair Ticket Office. Convenience charges will apply to all tickets. Grandstand tickets do not include admission to the Fair.

FREE STAGE ENTERTAINMENT:

Here Come the Mummies is different from any other funk group and will see to it that they are the "funkiest" show around. The twelve members dress as Egyptian mummies and play "funk from beyond the grave." Here Come the Mummies will perform at 7:30 p.m. on the Anderson Erikson Dairy Stage.

From the hit NBC show The Sing Off, Street Corner Symphony brings a unique, southern soul sound to the Fair. The 6-piece Nashville-based a cappella group were runners-up on the second season of the show, which aired in December 2010. Catch them at 7 p.m. on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage.

To date, WAR has sold nearly 50 million records and has been honored with 17 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards. Classic songs include, "Low Rider," "Slippin' Into Darkness" and "Why Can't We Be Friends?" Come rock out with the band at 8 p.m. on the Budweiser Stage.

Boyz II Men holds the distinction as the best-selling R&B group of all time, with an astounding 60 million albums sold. Most recently, Boyz II Men marked their 20th anniversary by releasing a landmark album, fittingly titled "Twenty," which debuted at number 20 on Billboard Magazine's Top 200 Albums Chart and number 4 on the R&B album chart. Listen to their classic hits at 7 p.m. on the Susan Knapp Amphitheater.

During the day, grab a seat at the Anne and Bill Riley Stage for Bill Riley's Talent Search Finals beginning at 1:30 p.m. Over 350 talented acts from across the state qualified to compete in this year's competition. Six Sprout Champions will be showcased in the Championship Show. In the Senior division, nine finalists will compete for the championship title.

In addition to all the musical talent, Fairgoers can also enjoy one final day of Fair food favorites, strolling act Bandaloni, The Red Trouser Show, exhilarating fun with the BMX Pros Trick Team, the Swampmaster's Gator Show, and the Bengal Tiger Encounter.

MYSTERY MILLIONAIRE JACKPOT PROMOTION

Fairgoers will have the chance to win up to $1,000 by being in the audience for the Iowa Lottery's "Mystery Millionaire" event! Fifteen audience members will win prizes from $250 to $1,000 during the Mystery Millionaire finale event on the Grand Concourse starting at 1 p.m. And one lucky Iowa Lottery player will win the promotion's $1 million grand prize.

Extreme Sunday is sponsored by WHO-TV 13, STAR 102.5, LAZER 103.3 and KIOA 93.3.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, set August 9-19. Save money on advance admission tickets now through August 8 (while supplies last). For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or check out www.iowastatefair.org.

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