State Fair announces new concert ticket option, performers
On Friday, the Alaska State Fair announced two additional acts performing in the AT&T Concert Series. But, the State Fair also announced a new ticket option for concertgoers.
The Grammy-nominated Goo Goo Dolls will hit the stage on Friday, August 24 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $40 for lawn, plus $10 for a ticket that includes fair admission, or $55 for reserved seating-- $65 with fair admission.
Also added to the lineup is '70s California country band Midland, whose sound is described as "Eagles-style harmonies and heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics, all with the twang of Geroge Strait." Midland performs Saturday, August 25, at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $30 to $55.
New this year, the State Fair has announced that concertgoers can combine their show tickets with their fair admission into one single purchase. When purchasing concert tickets, customers have the option to buy a ticket that includes fair admission for $10 more than the price of the concert ticket alone.
According to the 2017 Alaska State Fair program, that's a potential savings of up to $5 a head, depending on when the fair tickets are purchased and the day of the visit.
The Goo Goo Dolls and Midland add to already announced acts comedian Jim Gaffigan and Luke Combs. Tickets for the newly-announced shows go on sale next Friday at 10 a.m. Tickets to Gaffigan and Combs are already on sale on the fair's website.
Last year, attendance at the Alaska State Fair was down almost 3 percent, however, advanced ticket sales, which are 30 percent cheaper, were up more than 5 percent.
KTVA asked on our Facebook page what the State Fair could do differently in 2018 that would make you more likely to attend. Overwhelmingly, respondents said including fair admission into the cost of concert tickets.
We'd love to know what you think of the Fair's move with concert tickets this year. Is it enough to make you attend? Weigh in on our Facebook page.
The 2018 Alaska State Fair runs August 23 through September 3.
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Jim Gaffigan as Jay Gaffigan.
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