COLUMBUS — If the heat and melted cotton candy prove too strong a foe at this year’s Ohio State Fair, the air-conditioned concerts in the Celeste Center will offer a cool respite.

Classic rock and folk artists will dominate the 2019 Ohio State Fair concert lineup, with four bands, compilation acts and tribute groups scheduled during fair week, July 14-Aug. 4, including REO Speedwagon, Bad Company, a John Denver tribute and a mashup of 1960s pop and rock bands.

Country music will have three representatives, including Chris Young, Hank Williams Jr. and Toby Keith.

Two nights of R&B will feature Lyfe Jennings, Chante Moore and Carl Thomas on one bill, and The S.O.S. Band and Midnight Star on another.

Also scheduled to play shows are Kidz Bop, the All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir, comic Gabriel Iglesias and Christian artist Matthew West.

All concerts will take place in the Celeste Center at the fairgrounds, I-71 and E. 17th Avenue. Tickets will be available at www.ticketmaster.com/OhioStateFair.

See the full schedule:

KIDZ BOP World Tour 2019

Showtime: 6:30 p.m., July 24

Tickets: $20, on sale 10 a.m. March 29

Chris Young

Showtime: 7 p.m. July 25

Tickets: $35 to $50, on sale at 10 a.m. March 29

Lyfe Jennings / Chanté Moore / Carl Thomas

Showtime: 7:30 p.m. July 26

Tickets: $25, on sale at 10 a.m. March 29

Hank Williams Jr.

Showtime: 7 p.m. July 27

Tickets: $35 to $50, on sale at 10 a.m. March 29

All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir

Showtime: 1 p.m. July 28

Admission: free

Gabriel Iglesias: Beyond The Fluffy World Tour

Showtime: 7:30 p.m. July 28

Tickets: $30 to $40, on sale at 10 a.m. April 5

Toby Keith with special guest Jimmie Allen

Showtime: Mon., July 29, 2019, 7 pm

Tickets: $55 to $65, on sale at 10 a.m. April 5

John Denver Tribute featuring Ted Vigil

Showtime: 1 p.m. July 30

Admission: free

Matthew West with special guest Matt Maher

Showtime: 7:30 p.m. July 30

Tickets: $25, on sale at 10 a.m. April 5

REO Speedwagon with special guest Night Ranger

Showtime: 7 p.m. July 31

Tickets: $28 to $38, on sale at 10 a.m. March 29

The S.O.S. Band / Midnight Star

Showtime: 7 p.m. Aug. 1

Tickets: $25, on sale at 10 a.m. April 5

Bad Company with special guest Foghat

Showtime: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2

Tickets: $40 to $55, on sale at 10 a.m. April 5

Happy Together Tour 2019: The Turtles, Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Buckinghams, The Classics IV, The Cowsills

Showtime: 7 p.m. Aug. 3

Tickets: $25, on sale at 10 a.m. March 29

Sale of Champions Livestock Auction

Showtime: 2 p.m. Aug. 4

Admission: free

 

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