For the first time in its history, the Kansas State Fair will be offering two free, intimate concert experiences during the fair.
Two up-and-coming country acts will headline the new series at Bretz and Young Injury Lawyers Arena. Mason Ramsey, the 12-year-old “Little Hank Williams,” will perform Tuesday, Sept. 10. Lindsay Ell, this year’s Academy of Country Music’s New Female Artist nominee, will take the stage Thursday, Sept. 12, with special guest Madison Kozak. Both concerts start at 7:30 p.m.
Mason — who over the past year has become a social media sensation-turned emerging country music star after a video of him singing Hanks Williams’ “Lovesick Blues” in an Illinois Walmart went viral.
“These two concerts are on us,” said the Fair’s General Manager Robin Jennison in a press release. “After decades of Tuesday and Thursday grandstand concerts, the Fair decided to move those shows to Bretz and Young Injury Lawyers Arena where fairgoers can get a more close-up intimate experience with entertainers.”
In the new venue, beer sales in the arena will start at 6 p.m. and end at the end of the show. Food vendors will also be available nearby. Seating is first come, first serve. Fairgoers will be able to stand in front of the stage or take a seat in the stands.
“Our musical acts have long been an anticipated part of the Fair,” Jennison said. “Our grandstand entertainment this year is exceptional. However, our lineup at Bretz and Young are newer performers that you are going to see a lot more of, and you will see them first at the Kansas State Fair.”
Tickets for all other concerts, which will take place at the Nex-Tech Wireless Grandstand, can be purchased at the Fair’s ticket office at 2000 N. Poplar, Hutchinson; by calling 620-669-3618 or by visiting kansasstatefair.com and clicking on “Buy Tickets.”