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Share YOUR WonderFair Contest

Share YOUR WonderFair and you could win a WonderFair Day prize package filled with admission tickets, Original Cream Puffs, SpinCity ride & game tickets and more, courtesy of Associated Bank!


Star-Spangled Sing-Off

Enter our Star-Spangled Sing-Off contest and you could be performing the National Anthem at the Main Stage pres. by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino and much more! Hurry – deadline to enter is this Friday 5/25!


Montgomery Gentry

THURSDAY, AUGUST 2 AT 7:30 PM - Platinum-selling country artists Montgomery Gentry will bring their hits "Gone", "Something to be Proud of" and more to the State Fair Main Stage as part of their Here's to You Tour. Celebrate the band's 20 year history, and hear new music from long-awaited studio album Here's to You. Southern rockers The Steel Woods open the show.


Alice Cooper

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3 AT 8:00 PM - Legendary rocker Alice Cooper will storm the Main Stage on Friday, August 3 at 8 p.m. Known best for his “shock rock” mentality, the inimitable artist has been rattling the music industry since his start in the early 60s.



SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 AT 8:00 PM - Originally hailing from Waukesha, alternative rock band the BoDeans will storm the Main Stage on Saturday, August 4 at 8 p.m. Since the early 80s, the group has stood out with their unique rock sound and produced hit after hit. Singles like “Closer to Free,” “Fadeaway” and “Only Love” climbed the charts and made the group a household name. Best known for classics like “One Love,” “No Woman, No Cry” and “Three Little Birds” and its continuous Bob Marley influence, Grammy-nominated reggae band The Original Wailers will open the show.


Huey Lewis and the News (CANCELLED)

Huey Lewis and The News Cancels All 2018 Performances. Huey Lewis has shared this message with fans: Two and a half months ago, just before a show in Dallas, I lost most of my hearing. Although I can still hear a little, one on one, and on the phone, I can’t hear music well enough to sing.


Happy Together Tour

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5 AT 7:00 PM - The Happy Together Tour is back on the Main Stage presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino! This night of hits from the 60s and 70s will return on Sunday, Aug. 5 at 7 pm, and features The Turtles, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Mark Lindsay former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Association and The Cowsills.


Casting Crowns

MONDAY, AUGUST 6 AT 7:30 PM - Returning to State Fair after their inspiring 2015 show, Christian rock band Casting Crowns will take the Main Stage on Monday, Aug. 6. The group has sold over 10 million records to date, and recently released their newest album, The Very Next Thing, which features the single “One Step Away.” Hear new songs from that album, plus older favorites from their 19-year history. Fresh off the release of his newest album, All In, contemporary Christian singer-songwriter Matthew West, known for singles like “More” and “You Are Everything,” will open the 7:30 pm show.


Why Don’t We

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7 AT 7:00 PM - Why Don't We first took to YouTube to find fame in 2016, and quickly gained a following of adoring fans. While members Jonah Roth, Corbyn Besson, Daniel Seavey, Jack Avery and Zachary Herron all previously had success as solo artists, they soared to stardom as a group. Their most recent hit, “Trust Fund Baby,” was written by Grammy Award-winner Ed Sheeran. Fresh off his newest hit single, "Lights Down Low," MAX will open the show.


Cole Swindell

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8 AT 7:30 PM - Known for hit singles like “Chillin’ It,” “Middle of a Memory” and “You Should Be Here,” Swindell has taken the country music scene by storm since his start in 2013. On top of seven No. 1 singles himself, he has written ten No. 1 singles for superstars like Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan. Cole Swindell will be joined on stage by Michael Ray, who also has an impressive array of hits like “Kiss You in the Morning” and “Think a Little Less.”

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