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Entertainment galore at this year’s Central Washington State Fair

YAKIMA – Tickets to the Central Washington State Fair went on sale today and it’s worth buying ahead of time to save money. Advance tickets are only $10 for adults compared to $13 at the gate. This year the fair will have a full slate of entertainers, including blues rocker George Thorogood; 70’s rock group Kansas; country stars Joe Nichols and Neal McCoy; rock band Trapt; rock artist Joan Jett and comedian Louie Anderson. For two days the main stage will be devoted to Latin music featuring A.B. Quintanilla and the Kumbia Kings, and a performance by Mexican/Tejano artist El Coyote. The headline performers will be playing at the Budweiser Stage as part of the U.S. Cellular Concert Series. At the Pacific Power Community Stage, visitors to the fair will enjoy a variety of performers, including musical dance group Street Beat; Eagles tribute band Hotel California; AC/DC tribute band Hells Belles; and Aerosmith tribute band Draw the Line. Motor sports, monster trucks and a demolition derby will be back and entertaining fairgoers at the Coca-Cola Grandstand. On Sept. 19 and 20 the American Sprint Car Series Northwest Region Races, along with late model tour championships will be featured. Monster Truck Madness is set for Friday, Sept. 26. On the final Saturday of the fair, Sept. 27, the always-popular Demolition Derby will return to the Coca Cola Grandstands, with all the car-crashing action starting at 7 p.m. Other free entertainment and attractions this year include the racing pigs and the walk around entertainment of Maxx the Robot. Fair favorites returning this year include Walk on the Wild Side, Barnville and “Candy Nation.” Some special deals for this year include “Free ‘Til 1 p.m.” day on Friday, Sept. 19. Admission and parking will be free from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Franz Day will be Monday, Sept. 22. Gate admission and unlimited carnival rides will be $23 with an empty Franz bag with a fair sticker. For more information on this year’s Central Washington State Fair, the 2014 entertainment line-up or to buy tickets, visit the fair’s website at www.fairfun.com. The fair runs from Friday, Sept. 19, through Sunday, Sept. 28, in Yakima.

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The Central Washington State Fair runs from Friday, Sept. 19, through Sunday, Sept. 28, in Yakima. For more information and to buy tickets visit the fair’s website at fairfun.com.

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Latin musical group Kumbia Kings are set to perform at the fair on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 4 p.m. This eight-piece band has had a number of hits and has won four Billboard Awards and 17 Tejano Music Awards.

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Pork-belly laughs are a certain result when the All-Alaskan Racing Pigs pay a visit. You may not think of little porkers when sports is the conversation, but these fuzzy little racers will make you reconsider the meaning of “professional athlete.” And, “fast food.”

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Visit the Coca-Cola Grandstand to see a variety of motor sports, monster trucks and a demolition derby. On the opening Friday and Saturday, Sept. 19 and 20, the American Sprint Car Series Northwest Region Races will hit the dirt for some wild racing action. The action will begin at 6 p.m. each evening.

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American rock band Trapt plays the fair on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. Best known for its hit “Headstrong,” the group has had other hits such as “Stand Up.”

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On Friday, Sept. 26, the legendary Joan Jett will perform at the fair. The popular leader of the hard rocking Black Hearts has had nine Top 40 hits, including “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll”, “I Hate Myself for Loving You” and others. Her concert on the Budweiser Stage begins at 7:30 p.m.

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On the final Sunday of the Fair, Sept. 28, Mexican/Tejano artist El Coyote and his band Banda Tierra Santa will be performing on the big stage at 4 p.m. The Mexican born El Coyote has performed all over Mexico and the U.S. and has a number of albums to his credit.

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Maxx the Robot will be walking the fairgrounds this year. Maxx is the first prototype of his kind, a living, thinking robot who also experiences (and has developed) human-like emotions.

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Mark Yuzuik is most widely known as the Hypnotist at the fair. Yuzuik has been wowing audiences with his hypnotic stage shows since 1991, and will be back this year.

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