As the largest attraction in the state, the Washington State Fair draws in over a million people to the festival’s concerts, rodeo, food, rides, and more at the Puyallup Fairgrounds. The 2013 festivities will include the Chinese lantern festival, “Luminasia,” as well as a rodeo, laser show, Cirque Magnifique , animal exhibits and plenty of art, culture and kids events.
The Puyallup Fair concerts for this year are impeccable, with a variety of country, pop, rock, and rap artists set to grace the stage over the 16-day state fair (Sept. 6-22). All performances will be held at the Washington State Fair Concert Center, which is an open-air theater with seating for over 10,000 people located on the grounds.
Little Big Town: Sept. 9
This quartet has had quite a busy schedule since taking home a GRAMMY for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for the smash hit “Pontoon” earlier this year. Little Big Town has been touring alongside David Nail and Kacey Musgraves, and took part in Keith Urban’s Light the Fuse Tour 2013.
Cheap Trick: Sept. 11
Though Cheap Trick’s latest album, “The Latest,” dropped way back in 2009, the group has over 40 years of material to rock your world with at the festival, including “Surrender,” “I Want You to Want Me,” and “Dream Police.”
Cee Lo Green: Sept. 12
It’s hard to miss this boisterous singer, rapper, and record producer when he hits the stage. Cee Lo first hit it big as a member of the Goodie Mob and the soul duo Gnarls Barkley, but has since made a name for himself with songs like “Forget You” and as one of the judges on NBC’s vocal competition, “The Voice.”
Carrie Underwood: Sept. 13
The season four winner of “American Idol” has swept the world off its feet with her charming personality and relatable songs. The Puyallup performance will come on the heels of her 2012-13 Blown Away Tour, which was named after her 2012 album. Her video for the song “Blown Away” secured a CMT Award this year for Video of the Year, as well as a GRAMMY for Best Country Solo Performance.
Alabama: Sept. 16
Aptly named after their home state, Alabama has secured a spot in the hearts of country music, pop, and bluegrass fans alike. The group has 34 No. 1 songs to its name, and fans can see them perform award-winning hits like “Tennessee River,” “Dixieland Delight,” Old Alabama,” and many more.
Carnival of Madness: Sept. 18
The Carnival of Madness will be making a pit stop at the Washington State Fair as part of its country-wide tour. The 2013 installment includes Shinedown, Skillet, In This Moment, and We as Human, making this show one of the top metal and hard rock shows of the year.
Larry the Cable Guy: Sept. 19
It’s impossible not to recognize the comedian, actor, and radio personality, Larry the Cable Guy. He may be quite a change of pace from the musical acts taking the stage, but he certainly knows how to pack a punch with his observational comedy and satire about a vast array of topics. Larry the Cable Guy formerly starred in Blue Collar Comedy, yet has made a successful career for himself appearing in films, radio shows, and on stage.
Carly Rae Jepsen: Sept. 20
After competing on the reality voice competition, “Canadian Idol,” Carly Rae Jepsen took the music scene by storm with 2010’s “Call Me Maybe.” The singer has toured with the likes of Marianas Trench and Justin Bieber, and will be performing alongside Hot Chelle Rae for the Puyallup Fair performance.
Austin Mahone: Sept. 21
Austin Mahone has often been called the “new Justin Bieber,” and songs like “What About Love” and “Say You’re Just a Friend” certainly support that statement. The teen singer has been signed to Young Money Cash Money Billionaires, the label that also represents Drake, Lil Minaj, Tyga, and Limp Bizkit, in advance of his album, “Junior Year,” which will hit shelves Oct. 8.
Kid Rock: Sept. 22
Known for putting on one entertaining show, be sure to secure a seat as Kid Rock sends the state fair out in style. It’s safe to say he’ll likely bring the house down with live renditions of “Cowboy,” ‘Picture,” and the perfect summer anthem, “All Summer Long.”