In addition to its big shows taking place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the 2012 Indiana State Fair will have lots of free entertainment on the Free Stage — a permanent stage in the northwest corner of the fairgrounds that can accommodate about 5,000 fans.
A diverse group of entertainers and events to be featured will include rock legends REO Speedwagon, hip hop legend MC Hammer, country artist Easton Corbin, the legendary Motown Spinners, Christian music star Sandi Patty, a Beatles Tribute band, a Michael Jackson tribute, a Gospel Music Day and a Hispanic Music Day.
All the Free stage concerts and events are free with fair admission. Here is the complete schedule:
Aug. 3: King Michael – A Glorious Tribute to the King of Pop (6 and 8 p.m.)
Aug. 4: AllStar Weekend (7 p.m.)
Aug. 5: Hispanic Music Day (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Aug. 6-11: Mapapa African Acrobats (10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.)
Aug. 6: REO Speedwagon (7 p.m.)
Aug. 7: Young Guns of Country, presented by HANK FM, with Greg Bates &Tyler Farr (7 p.m.)
Aug. 8: Easton Corbin, presented by HANK FM (7 p.m.)
Aug. 9: The Spinners (7 p.m.)
Aug. 10: Bobby Deen (Q&A at 4:30 p.m.)
Aug. 11: Action Item (4 p.m.)
Aug. 11: Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band (8 p.m.)
Aug. 12-13: The Ohmies (Aug. 12 at 9:30 and 11 a.m.; Aug. 13 at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.)
Aug. 12: Contemporary Christian Music Day, featuring Sanctus Real, Big Daddy Weave and 3union (2-9 p.m.)
Aug. 13: MC Hammer (7 p.m.)
Aug. 14: Sandi Patty (4 p.m.)
Aug. 14: David Crowder (7 p.m.)
Aug. 15-17: Catherine Hickland, hypnotist (Aug. 15 and 16 at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.; Aug. 17 at 10 a.m. and noon)
Aug. 15: Thomas Rhett, presented by HANK FM (7 p.m.)
Aug. 16: Ted Nugent (7 p.m.)
Aug. 17: “Britbeat” Beatles Tribute Band (3, 5:30 and 8 p.m.)
Aug. 18: WFMS presents Texaco Country Showdown (3 p.m.)
Aug. 18: Casey James, presented by WFMS (7 p.m.)
Aug. 19: Pepsi Gospel Music Day (2-9 p.m.)
For more information visit www.indianastatefair.com.
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