State fair

Darci Lynne will take the stage on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 4 p.m.

GREAT FALLS, MONT. – Concerts and state fairs just go together, and you’ll find an impressive lineup of entertainment at the 2019 Montana State Fair held July 26-Aug. 3. County music enthusiasts can sing along with legends Trace Adkins and Tracy Byrd, rock lovers will enjoy the band Hairball and the group Collective Soul, while Motown classic fans can enjoy The Four Tops in concert.

Not so much into music? That’s okay, comedian Larry the Cable Guy will be performing, as will singer/ventriloquist and America’s Got Talent winner, Darci Lynne. There is something for everyone at this year’s Montana State Fair.

Collective Soul will kick off the string of concerts on Saturday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m. The Georgia-based rock group is celebrating their 25th anniversary as a band. This quintet rose to fame in 1993 with their song “Shine,” and over two decades later, the multi-platinum group has a plethora of number one hits to their name.

Jazz harmony singers, The Four Tops, began their musical career with Motown Records and found success in the 60’s and 70’s releasing a string of R&B and Pop chart topping songs. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 after having 24 top 40 hits. They will be performing Sunday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m.

On Monday evening, July 29, Tracy Byrd will take the stage. A traditional country troubadour, Byrd may be best known for his hit “Keeper of the Stars,” which won Song of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards in 1995. His list of chart-topping hits goes on and on with such notable titles as “Drinking Bone,” “Watermelon Crawl” and “I’m From the County.” Byrd is synonymous with 90’s country and his concerts are considered a “can’t-miss” event. His performance also starts at 7:30 p.m.

Rock band Hairball will light up the stage at 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, July 30. The band is known for putting on unforgettable performances. Their two-hour act pays homage to some of rock’s greatest legends like KISS, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Queen, Journey and Aerosmith. For 19 years, Hairball has been wowing audiences with pyrotechnics, lights and surprises.

Trace Adkins, another country superstar, will also be performing at Montana State Fair. He will take the stage Wednesday, July 31, at 9 p.m. With over 11 million albums sold, Adkins has left his mark on the county music industry with such singles as “Every Light in the House is on” and “You’re Gonna Miss This.” A Louisiana native and member of the Grand Ole Opry, Adkins embodies everything that is country music.

Larry the Cable Guy will be on hand Friday, Aug. 2. An iconic comedian, Larry the Cable Guy is known for his signature catch phrase, “git-er-done.” Besides making audiences laugh, Larry has also starred in several movies and was the voice of Mater in the Golden Globe winning animated film, “Cars.” He may be best known for his time spent alongside Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall on the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour.” Larry’s Performance begins at 9 p.m.

Montana State Fair’s impressive lineup concludes with Darci Lynne on Saturday, Aug. 3. Her performance begins at 4 p.m. The youngest contestant to ever win NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Darci garnered the most votes ever for a final performance in the history of the show. Darci uses her stage companions Petunia, the “divaesque” rabbit, Oscar, the shy and soulful mouse and Edna, the brash old woman to sing classic songs and keep the art of ventriloquy alive.

All performances take place at the Pacific Steel and Recycling Arena located in Montana Expo Park in Great Falls, Mont. Tickets are available now and can be purchased online at tickets.goexpopark.com or by calling (406) 727-1481. Tickets are also available at the Pacific Steel and Recycling Arena Box Office.