DUQUOIN, Ill. – DuQuoin State Fair manager John Rednour, Jr. today announced Trapt, a rock band scheduled to play a free concert Saturday, Aug. 26 on the DuQuoin Grandstand stage, has canceled their appearance. The band cites an unexpected scheduling conflict.
“We regret the loss of what would have been a popular attraction and certainly apologize for any inconvenience the cancellation has created for fans,” Rednour said. “But the remainder of our lineup is intact and we look forward to six great nights of Grandstand entertainment.”
The full Grandstand entertainment lineup for the 2006 DuQuoin State Fair follows:
• Friday, Aug. 25: The legendary George Jones will kickoff the evening entertainment. Jones was the recipient of the Medal of Arts award, one of the nation’s highest honors for artistic excellence, just three years ago and has continued to maintain a rigorous schedule which includes several of the major state fairs throughout the country. Lance Miller who will open the 7:30 show. Ticket prices are $30 and $25 for reserved Grandstand seats.
• Sunday, Aug. 27: ARCA trucks will light up the “Magic Mile” along with Crate Late Models in daytime action. Races begin at 2:00 p.m. following 11 a.m. qualifying. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and children (under 10) $5.
Sunday evening a gospel music show sponsored by an area radio station (WXAN) will feature an appearance and message from baseball Hall of Famer Lou Brock and his wife, Jacqueline, at the 7:30 show which will also include vocal groups “The Crabb Family” and “The Mike Bowling Group”. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and children (under 12) $8.
• Monday, Aug. 28: Harness racing under the lights (6:30 p.m.) will feature ICF (Illinois conceived and foaled) races for 2 and 3-year-old colts and fillies. Admission is free.
• Tuesday, Aug. 29: Harness racing, again under the lights at 6:30, will feature the Illinois County Fair Challenge series events for 2 and 3-year-olds. Admission is free.
• Wednesday, Aug. 30: Dierks Bentley will provide the entertainment in front of the main grandstand with Little Big Town, a relatively new group receiving rave notices across the country. Bentley is an up-and-coming headliner who was a finalist for “male vocalist of the year” at the Academy of Country Music Awards show recently in Las Vegas. Ticket process re $25 and $20 for reserved Grandstand seats.
• Thursday, Aug. 31: Harness racing under the lights returns with Illinois championship races following the early-week qualifying tests along with two Hayes Memorial races for 2-year-old filly and colt trotters carrying a combined $70,000 purse. Admission is free.
• Friday, Sept. 1: Neal McCoy, a two-time TNN/Music City News “Entertainer of the Year” will dominate the grandstand stage night show spotlight. Opening will be Bomshel, a couple of dynamic ladies who will be arriving after similar stints at the Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri and Iowa State Fairs. Tickets are $25 and $20 for reserved Grandstand seats.
An afternoon harness racing program (12 noon start) will feature Grand Circuit events including the World Trotting Derby Filly Division race with an estimated $100,000 purse.
• Saturday, Sept. 2 -- An afternoon harness racing program will feature Grand Circuit events including the World Trotting Derby with an estimated $500,000 purse. Other major races will include the Illinois county fair challenge championships. Harness racing featuring the World Trotting Derby with first-race post time at 12 noon. Ticket prices: $10 (reserved) and $5 (general admission).
Evening entertainment begins at 7:30 on the Grandstand stage with headliners Smash Mouth. Muckrakers will open the show. Ticket prices are $25.
• Sunday, Sept. 3 -- A United States Auto Club-sanctioned 100-mile race will provide late afternoon and evening entertainment. The main event is scheduled to start until 8 p.m. following qualifying at 6:30. United States Auto Club-sanctioned Silver Crown auto race and UMP modified stock cars in front of Main Grandstand. The feature event is a 100-mile race. Advanced ticket prices are $20 and children (under 10) are $10. On race day, adult tickets are $25.
• Monday, Sept. 4 -- ARCA-sponsored Car Series and UMP Modified Stock Cars will take over the track with time trials at 11 a.m. followed by 12:30 p.m.
racing. ARCA-sponsored Car Series and UMP Modified Stock Cars. Advanced ticket prices are $20 for adults. Children (under 10) $10. On race day, adult tickets $25.
The popular Jerry Ford Orchestra with the big band sound will close the Fair that night at 7:30. Ticket prices are $10.
Tickets for all main grandstand events will go on sale Monday, July 10.
Mail order forms are available at the ticket office, or by calling 618-542-1535. Forms and instructions may also be downloaded through the Fair’s website: www.duquoinstatefair.net.