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Diamantis Seitanidis
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Country Concerts Within Driving Distance in August

August will be a good month for country music fans, as several of the top names in the genre will be appearing within driving distance of our area.

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Rusty Russell, Getty Images

Summer Concert Quiz – How Much Do You Know About the Awesome Entertainment Coming to Our Region?

Over the past several weeks we've been receiving concert information for the upcoming county and state fairs, in addition to the news that Josh Thompson will be headlining National Tom Sawyer Days. Which show are you most looking forward to seeing? Take our Summer Concert Quiz to see how well you know the country stars that will be visiting our region! 

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Julie Weiss
Julie Weiss

Who Would You Most Like to See at a County Fair?

Fair season isn't that far away. Some of our area fairs have already announced their line ups, and others are yet to come.

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2014 Illinois State Fair Featuring Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen

The 2014 Illinois State Fair in Springfield is again set to go with some high powered country talent on stage, including Florida Georgia Line and Jake Owen.

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Getty Images

Illinois State Fair Attendance Best in a Decade

The Illinois State Fair reported its highest attendance in more than ten years. A total of 961,142 fairgoers passed through the gates this year, an increase of five percent or 42,707 visitors.

That compares to a year ago, when attendance was 918,435

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Christopher Polk/ Getty Images

Illinois, Iowa and Missouri State Fair Music Entertainment Lineups

The State Fairs of Illinois, Iowa and Missouri are set with some great entertainment lined up with Toby Keith and Gary Allen fans getting three chances to them in concert at all three Fairs.

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Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Did You Know You Can Fish at The Illinois State Fair?

Learning how to fish is fun, easy and free for youngsters and families throughout Illinois this summer thanks to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Urban Fishing Program.  Free fishing clinics are planned at this year’s Illinois State Fair’s “Conservation World” with 5 clinics being held daily from August 13th through the 22nd in Springfield where sun fish will be available for catching in a fabricated pond.

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Christopher Polk, Getty Images

Which Fair Concert Are You Most Excited About?

The 2013 county fairs will be here before you know it. Fair season lasts from the end of June through the first part of August. This year, we'll see acts like Joe Nichols, John Michael Montgomery, Jerrod Niemann and Rodney Atkins on stage at the area county fairs. There are some huge names in country music lined up for the Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa State Fairs, including: Toby Keith, Alan Jackson and Gary Allan, just to name a few. While not officially a "fair" act, Tracy Lawrence will be at the Adams County Fairgrounds for the Quincy Firefighters Local 63 Country Music Concert on June 22.

Which show are you most excited about seeing in 2013?

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Best Summer Concerts in Springfield, Illinois

Some really great country music concerts this summer will be within driving distance of our area, in Springfield, Illinois. The Illinois State Fair is always a good place to find some of country music's biggest stars, but there are also some country shows scheduled outside of the fair and at some of the surrounding county fairs. Here are some of the acts you'll be able to see in and around Springfield this year.

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Toby Keith Headlining Entertainment at Illinois State Fair

Toby Keith is bringing his special brand of rebel country to this year's Illinois State Fair on Wednesday, August 14. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster. Toby will be joined by up-and-comer Kip Moore.

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