The lineup is out for this year’s Illinois State Fair Grandstand shows. The fair, themed “Family Fun for Everyone,” runs from Aug. 9-19 in Springfield.

Fair manager Amy Bliefnick says there’s something for everyone this year, including Top 40, Country and Rock acts.

She says safety is of top concern this year given last year’s incident at the Indiana State Fair, where a stage collapsed during a thunderstorm.

“We’re instituting a couple of extra meeting on preparedness right before the fair so our tent vendors, our fair goers, our tram operators and everyone know what to do in case of a severe weather issue,” she says.

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Tickets for all Grandstand shows go on sale online on May 12.


The lineup as of Thursday is as follows:


  Aug. 10 – Eric Church / Aaron Lewis

  Aug. 11 – Hot Chelle Rae / Demi Lovato

  Aug. 12 – TobyMac/To Be Announced

  Aug. 13 – Million Dollar Quartet / New Odyssey (senior day, no admission charge)

  Aug. 14 – Brantley Gilbert / Charlie Daniels Band

  Aug. 15 – Train / Mat Kearney / Andy Grammer

  Aug. 16 – Creed / Theory of a Deadman / To Be Announced

  Aug. 17 – Cheap Trick / Night Ranger / BOC / Georgia Satellites

  Aug. 18 – Miranda Lambert / Pistol Annies / To Be Announced

  Aug. 19 – To Be Announced