The North Carolina State Fair is one of the most anticipated events of the fall season. For two weeks, North Carolinians celebrate their farm heritage with rides, food and entertainment — lots of entertainment.
The 2008 N.C. State Fair entertainment lineup will bring a mix of country music stars, an R&B singer, Christian rockers, a television chef, and a North Carolina native to the stage in Dorton Arena.
    From Oct. 16 to Oct. 26, some of the world’s biggest music names will descend on North Carolina to provide the nightly entertainment at the fair.
    Kicking off the two weeks of entertainment is country singer Josh Turner. He will be joined later in the week by other country music stars, including Jason Aldean, Bucky Covington, Rodney Atkins, Joe Nichols and country mega stars Montgomery Gentry.{mosimage}
    Other performers include Christian rapper Toby Mac, Lady Antebellum and Heidi Newfield and Bobby Flay.
    Contemporary Christian singer Toby Mac will hit the stage on Saturday, Oct. 18, and will perform some of his biggest hits.
    World-renowned chef Bobby Flay will add some extra spice to the entertainment mix on Monday, Oct. 20. The host of  Throwdown! With Bobby Flay and Boy Meets Grill with Bobby Flay will be cooking up some culinary treats on stage in Dorton Arena.
    Rockingham native and American Idol finalist Bucky Covington will show his unique country-rock flair on Tuesday, Oct. 21. Covington will perform hits off his debut album, including “A Different World” and “It’s Good to Be Us.”
    Smooth R&B singer Mario, who appeared on Dancing with the Stars this year, will perform Thursday, Oct. 23, and Christian rock groups Skillet and Leeland will take the stage Friday, Oct. 24.
All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m.
    Tickets to the concerts, held nightly in Dorton Arena, range in price from $10 to $32. Tickets can be purchased oneline only at  www.ncstatefair.org through the start of the fair. Any concert tickets remaining after the start of the fair can be purchased at the Dorton Arena box office. Remaining tickets will likely be limited, so purchasing online and in advance is recommended. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10.
    If you decide to take in one of these great concerts, plan on making a day of your visit to Raleigh and enjoy all of the wonders of the fair. This year’s fair is bigger and better than ever.
    Tickets to the fair are $7 for adults; $2 for children 6-12; children 5 and under are free; senior adults (65-years-old and up) are also free. Tickets for the midway are $1 per ticket. Sheets of 18 tickets are $10.
    For more information, visit www.ncstatefair.org.
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