Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Thursday To-Do: Arkansas State Fair

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 5:15 PM

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8:15 p.m., Arkansas State Fair. $4-$8.

Dollar-for-dollar, the best deals on entertainment in Central Arkansas all year (outside of Riverfest) are found at the Arkansas State Fair. I know that might read a bit like an ad, but seriously, where else are you going to see a country giant like Travis Tritt for $8? Tritt's Southern rock-infused style of country will no doubt have the crowd a-whoopin' and a-hollerin' in short order. Remember that song "Bible Belt" from "My Cousin Vinny"? That song is awesome. There should be more country songs that rock as hard as that one does. Tritt plays Thursday night. On Friday night at 7 p.m., you can catch a performance from the people who built a city on rock and roll. That's right, it's Jefferson Starship. Foghat opens that show. Or, if you need a break from the music, the Professional Bull Riders touring pro division is at Barton Coliseum at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10 to $25. On Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., it's the Texaco Country Showdown, which is one of the biggest country music talent searches in the country and is now in its 30th year. Who knows? You might just catch a performance from an up-and-comer who'll go on to be the next Nashville giant.

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