DES MOINES —
The 2012 Iowa State Fair free stage line-up is packed with a variety of entertainment and acts. From musical legends to Vaudeville comedy, "Nothing Compares" to this much entertainment, all free with gate admission. The Iowa State Fair runs Aug. 9-19.
Boyz II Men holds the distinction as the best-selling R&B group of all time, with an astounding 60 million albums sold. For the past two decades, Boyz II Men have given fans a rich catalog of hits, like "End of the Road" and "I'll Make Love to You." Most recently, Boyz II Men marked their 20th anniversary by releasing a landmark album, fittingly titled "Twenty."
Honored with 17 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, WAR is one of the greatest rock groups of all time. WAR's album, "The World Is A Ghetto," attained the number one spot on Billboard Magazine. Their classic songs include, "Low Rider," "Slippin' Into Darkness" and "Why Can't We Be Friends?"
The Fair brings theater to the stage with the Handsome Little Devils' Squirm Burpee Circus, an exhilarating, fantastical adventure featuring classic Vaudeville comedy, high-skill circus acts and a plot rooted in American melodrama.
Thirty-six acts, including more crowd-pleasing favorites like The Afters, Here Come the Mummies, and Hunter Hayes will be featured on the Fair's five free stages. Throughout the 11 days, Fairgoers can enjoy more than half a million dollars worth of free entertainment.
Discounted admission tickets are available now through Aug. 8, with savings up to 30 percent. Purchase tickets now online at www.iowastatefair.org. The Iowa State Fair Ticket Office opens July 9 for walk-up orders.
Anderson Erickson Dairy Stage sponsored by KCCI NewsChannel 8
Aug. 9-10 The Nadas (7 & 9 p.m.)
Aug. 11 Brother Trucker (7 & 9 p.m.)
Aug. 12-13 Handsome Little Devils (7 & 9 p.m.)
Aug. 14 Brett Eldredge (8 p.m.)
Aug. 15 Dia Frampton (8 p.m.)
Aug. 16 Glen Templeton (8 p.m.)
Aug. 17-18 The Blue Band (7 & 9 p.m.)
Aug. 19 Here Come the Mummies (7:30 p.m.)
Anne and Bill Riley Stage sponsored by Pepsi
Aug. 9 JJ Grey and Mofro (8 p.m.)
Aug. 10 Action Item (8 p.m.)
Aug. 11 Iowa State Fair Queen Coronation (7 p.m.)
Aug. 12 The Afters (8 p.m.)
Aug. 13-17 Hypnotist Ron Diamond (7 & 9 p.m.)
Aug. 18 The Downtown Fiction (8 p.m.)
Aug. 19 Street Corner Symphony (7 p.m.)
Budweiser Stage sponsored by ABC5
Aug. 9-10 Bob Wootton (7:30 & 9:30 p.m.)
Aug. 11-12 Elvis Impersonator Travis LeDoyt (7:30 & 9:30 p.m.)
Aug. 13-14 Restless Heart (7:30 & 9:30 p.m.)
Aug. 15-16 Strawberry Fields (7:30 & 9:30 p.m.)
Aug. 17-18 Dave Mason Duo (7:30 & 9:30 p.m.)
Aug. 19 WAR (8 p.m.)
Susan Knapp Amphitheater with media sponsor KDSM FOX 17
Aug. 9 Steve Holy (8 p.m.)
Aug. 10 Mockingbird Sun (8 p.m.)
Aug. 11 Will Hoge (8 p.m.)
Aug. 12 Blackberry Smoke (8 p.m.)
Aug. 13-14 Hairball (7:30 & 9:30 p.m.)
Aug. 15 Hunter Hayes (8 p.m.)
Aug. 16 Country Gold featuring Leroy Van Dyke, Narvel Felts, Rex Allen Jr. and The Quebe Sisters (6 & 8:30 p.m.)
Aug. 17 Marlee Scott (8 p.m.)
Aug. 18 JT Hodges (8 p.m.)
Aug. 19 Boyz II Men (7 p.m.)
Fun Forest Stage sponsored by Community Choice Credit Union
(All shows ASL interpreted)
Aug. 9-19 Babaloo (11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m.)
Aug. 9-19 Matt's Family Jam (11:30 a.m., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.)
Aug. 9-19 VSA Iowa Presents (various artists) (Noon, 2 & 4 p.m.)