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2014 State Fair operating hours

Friday, Sept. 26 — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 27 — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 28 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 29 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 30 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday,  Oct. 1 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 2 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 3 — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 4 — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 5 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Note: These are the Ticket Plaza and building hours only; rides will continue to operate for a minimum of one hour after the Ticket Plaza closes, or longer at the discretion of fair management.

Festival Stage Concert Series

We’ll be bringing you country, rock, R&B and some musical surprises from national recording artists and some artists of regional renown.

Parmalee

Friday, Sept. 26, 8:30 p.m.

Brothers Matt and Scott Thomas, cousin Barry Knox and longtime friend Josh McSwain grew up hearing their families play music. Their debut single, Musta Had A Good Time, became a Top 40 hit on country radio. Parmalee made history when its multi-week No. 1 smash Carolina became the longest climbing single by a duo or group in the 24-year history of the Billboard Country Airplay Chart.


Jonny Diaz

Sunday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m.

This contemporary Christian pop artist’s single More Beautiful You was a No. 1 radio single, and Waiting Room was a Top 10 hit that led to a 2010 Dove Award nomination for New Artist of the Year.


Mark Cormican and Starwood

Monday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m.

Combining the works of John Denver, James Taylor, Michael Martin Murphey and his own songs, Mark waves a magical night of music that audiences will remember for a long time.


The Original Drifters

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

This long-lasting doo-wop and R&B/soul vocal group set musical trends and had 13 chart hits, including On Broadway, Under the Boardwalk and Up on the Roof.


Bria Kelly

Thursday, Oct. 2, 6:30 p.m.

A Hampton Roads favorite! Bria Kelly is a Smithfield native who was a semifinalist on America’s Got Talent and a finalist on The Voice.


The Fabulous Thunderbirds

Thursday, Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.

This blues rock band is best known for its Grammy-nominated album Tuff Enuff, which featured the single of the same name and Wrap It Up.


Alex Hilton Band

Friday, Oct. 3, 6:15 p.m.

The Alex Hilton Band originated right here in Virginia and performs a mix of upbeat country rock and soft country ballads.


Josh Thompson

Friday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m.

Josh Thompson’s singles Beer on the Table, Way Out Here and Won’t Be Lonely Long have been Top 40 hits on the country charts.


Eric Paslay

Friday, Oct. 3, 8:15 p.m.

Eric Paslay has toured with Little Big Town, The Eli Young Band, Jack Owen and others and written album cuts for Lady Antebellum and Rascal Flatts. In 2013, he appeared on Amy Grant’s album How Mercy Looks from Here, sharing lead vocals with Grant and Sheryl Crow.


33rd Annual Country Showdown

Saturday, Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m.

Come see some serious rising talent! The Country Showdown is the largest country music talent search in America, and this Showdown will be one of five regional semifinal rounds before the national finals.


HonkyTonk Heroes

Sunday, Oct. 5, 5 p.m.

The HonkyTonk Heroes play classic and contemporary country from the past six decades. We’re talking about a two-hands-on-the-steering-wheel, pedal-to-the-metal country party band!


Craig Campbell

Sunday, Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Craig Campbell has had five singles on the country music charts and has wowed country music fans with Keep Them Kisses Comin’ and Outta My Head.


Brett Eldredge

Sunday, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m.

Brett Eldredge has a soulful, distinctive baritone that propelled his single Don’t Ya to No. 1 on the Country Airplay Chart. His influences include “big voices” like those of Ray Charles, Ronnie Dunn and Frank Sinatra.