YAKIMA - Country, pop, rock and a dash of nostalgia will be part of the entertainment line-up at this year's Central Washington State Fair.
This year's fair runs from Sept. 21 through Sept. 30 in Yakima, and a diverse group of well known entertainers will be performing as part of the Les Schwab Concert Series during the 10-day fair. Artists include country singers Charlie Daniels and Craig Morgan, pop star Rick Springfield, pop/rock groups .38 Special and War, contemporary rockers Theory of a Deadman and the 1960's rock-n-roll group Paul Revere and the Raiders.
Rock/pop band .38 Special will appear on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m., the opening weekend of the fair.
On the opening Sunday of the fair, pop star Rick Springfield returns for a concert at 6 p.m.
On Tuesday, Sept. 25, the fair presents the rock band Theory of a Deadman which plays at the Budweiser Stage at 7 p.m.
Country legend and Hall of Fame musician Charlie Daniels plays the fair on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. Then, on Thursday, Sept. 27, country singer Craig Morgan will be performing on the Budweiser Stage. Morgan's concert starts at 7 p.m.
The 1960's rock band, Paul Revere and the Raiders, will play the fair on Friday, Sept. 28, at 7:30.
Pop group WAR will be performing at the fair on Saturday, Sept. 29. WAR will be performing in concert at 7:30 at the Budweiser Stage.
The fair will also host a big name Latino act or acts on the final Sunday of the fair.
At the Coca-Cola Grandstand motor sports, a new rodeo event and a demolition derby will be back and entertaining fairgoers throughout the fair.
On the opening Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-22, the American Sprint Car Series Northwest Region races will hit the dirt for some wild racing action on the clay racing oval at the grandstand. Racing action will begin at 6 p.m. both evenings.
Then, on opening Sunday, Sept. 23, Jaripeo de Lujo will be the featured entertainment at the grandstand. The event will include several different Mexican musicians and some bull riding in one big show starting at 2 p.m.
On Friday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m. a new bulls and broncs only event will take place. The event, called the Showdown at State Fair Corral, will feature 20 top bull riders and 20 top bronc riders in a two-day, rough stock only competition. As part of the showdown, the fair will be auctioning off a colt that has been trained during the previous nine days by Dan James, renowned horse handler and trainer. James recently won the prestigious "Road to the Horse" competition in Tennessee.
On the final Sunday of the fair, Sept. 30, the Coca-Cola Grandstand will be the venue for the always-popular demolition derby, with all the car-crashing action beginning at 2 p.m.
This year the fair will feature some other free entertainment and attractions, including the return of Walk on the Wild Side, an exhibit which features a number of exotic animals and reptiles.
Also returning this year to Oak Park is the popular interactive display called Barnville, where children can milk a cow, see chicks hatching and experience other barnyard animals. All these shows will be part of the fair for the entire 10-day run.
Another new attraction set for this year's fair is Toytopia. This huge exhibit will take over Pioneer Hall and will feature displays that show the history of toys and how they are made. There will be a number of interactive displays and all kinds of toys from the past several decades.
Of course, all the great fair foods will again be awaiting fairgoers this year as will rides, exhibits, displays, animals and other attractions that make the Central Washington State Fair the single largest entertainment event in Eastern Washington.
The fair is also selling reserved seating for all entertainment at the Budweiser Stage and Coca-Cola Grandstand and those tickets will go on sale on Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m.
There will also be limited no-charge seats for each performance. The prices for reserved seats range from $5 to $30.
New this year is a special three-pack ticket package called the triple star pack that gives showgoers the best seats in the house to any three of the fair concerts for just $75. The triple star pack tickets will be available for purchase May 11-18. Fair admission will be sold separately from any reserved seating for the shows. To purchase reserved seats, call 1-800-325-SEAT.
For more information on this year's Central Washington State Fair and the 2012 entertainment line-up, visit the fair's website at www.fairfun.com.