The Tri-State Rodeo in Ft. Madison has been hosting the biggest stars in country music for decades. Artists like Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and Reba McEntire have all performed at the rodeo, which has been bringing country acts to the Tri-States since the 1940s!

Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Charlie Daniels and Gene Autry have all appeared at Ft. Madison's Tri-State Rodeo.
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Gene Autry was the first country star to appear at the Tri-State Rodeo, which debuted in 1948. There is a complete list of past performers on the rodeo's website, which is a lot of fun to check out. According to, the announcement of the 2015 headliners will be made the first weekend in April.

Last year, Lee Brice and Easton Corbin performed. Dates for the 2015 Tri-State Rodeo are September 9 - 12. The rodeo takes place at the C.E. Richards Arena, just north of Ft. Madison.

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