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May 19, 2014

Country Music and TV Star Kellie Pickler to Open Chevy Court for the 2014 Great New York State Fair

‘Best Days of Your Life’ Singer, ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Winner Provides Fair’s First Concert

The Chevy Court concert series at the Great New York State Fair gets off to a high energy start when Kellie Pickler takes the stage at 2:00 p.m. on opening day, August 21.  Her show will be the first of 23 free concerts by major national acts at Chevy Court.

“We’re very excited to start the Fair with an artist of Kellie Pickler’s quality.  She’s going to put on a great show for her fans and all of our fairgoers on opening day.  We know people are going to love the entertainment we’re lining up for Chevy Court this year and I want to encourage everyone to make time to come to the Fair,” said Troy Waffner, Acting State Fair Director.

Kellie Pickler grew up immersed in country music in the small town of Albemarle, North Carolina with the words of Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton shaping her musical footing. At 19, she gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of “American Idol.” Her debut album, Small Town Girl, has sold more than 900,000 copies worldwide and has produced three hit singles: “Red High Heels,” “I Wonder,” and “Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind.” Her self-titled sophomore record produced her first Top 10 hit, “Best Days of Your Life,” co-written with Taylor Swift.  Pickler’s third studio album, 2011’s 100 Proof, was named the No. 1 Country Album of The Year by Rolling Stone and was listed on “Best of 2012” lists by the Washington Post, Rhapsody, AOL’s The Boot and more.

In spring of 2013, Pickler partnered with dance coach Derek Hough and won the Mirror Ball Trophy on “Dancing with the Stars.” In November 2013, Pickler released her new album, The Woman I Am, which has received strong critical acclaim. It contains her current hit single “Little Bit Gypsy” as well as her first single, “Someone Somewhere Tonight.” The video of that song (featuring Pickler and Hough) was nominated for an American Country Award for Music Video of the Year: Female. Pickler is also an avid supporter of the U.S. military, having performed on many USO tours.

Concerts on Chevy Court are presented by Chevrolet.

Acts previously announced for the Chevy Court stage include:

  • Chef Anne Burrell, at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 27
  • Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone, at 2:00 p.m., Monday, August 25
  • John Kay and Steppenwolf, at 8:00 p.m., Monday, August 25
  • Bowzer’s Rock & Roll Party, at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 26
  • Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, at 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 27
  • Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, at 8:00 p.m., Friday, August 29
  • The Doobie Brothers, at 6:00 p.m., Monday, September 1

At the Grandstand, very limited tickets remain available for the Saturday, Aug. 30 concert by Jason Aldean with Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr. Seats remain available for the Thursday, Aug. 21 show by Brad Paisley with Randy Houser, Charlie Worsham, and Leah Turner, for the Tuesday, Aug. 26 concert by Train with The Wallflowers as well as the Thursday, Aug. 28 concert by Journey with Cheap Trick and the Wednesday, August 27 concert by Carrie Underwood.  Tickets for the Saturday, August 23 concert by Pitbull go on sale Friday, May 23, at 9:00 a.m.

ABOUT GRANDSTAND TICKET SALES is the Fair’s official and only online ticket selling agent.  Ticket prices are the same whether tickets are bought online at, on the phone at 1-800-514-3849, or in person at the box office.  A $3.75 service fee will be added to the price of all tickets.  An additional fee will be charged for the use of a credit card.  There is a purchasing limit of 8 tickets per person. Most major credit cards are accepted.  Your advance-sale concert ticket includes admission to the Fair.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 21 – September 1, 2014.  The Fair’s mission, reflected in its 2014 theme, “Summer’s Best in Show,” is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment. 

In addition to the annual New York State Fair, the Fairgrounds host dozens of agricultural events throughout the year, including some of the Northeast’s most prestigious horse and livestock shows.

The home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website.  Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, and enjoy photos from the Fair at Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at

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