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      Country singer Brad Paisley to play the State Fair Grandstand on opening night

      Country music superstar and New York State Fair veteran performer Brad Paisley joins the 2014 State Fair line-up, bringing his summer tour to the opening night of the Fair.

      Paisley, responsible for the current hits "Mona Lisa," and "Beat This Summer" will kick off the Grandstand concert series on Thursday, August 21st at 7:30 p.m. .

      Singer songwriter Randy Houser - whose singles, "Runnin' Out of Moonlight" and "Goodnight Kiss" recently cracked the Top 10 on the country charts - and up-and-coming performer Charlie Worsham, behind the hit, "Could It Be," will be the opening acts.

      Paisley first performed at the Fair fourteen years ago, taking the Chevy Court stage on opening night of the 2000 State Fair run. He has since returned to play the Grandstand.

      He has had 22 number one hits, won three Grammys, and received 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, including Entertainer of the Year. You may have seen him host the Country Music Awards alongside Carrie Underwood.

      Tickets for the August 21 performance, which range from $45 to $65, go on sale at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, March 29 at the State Fair Box Office and through the Fair's online ticket seller, E-Tix. There will also be special standing-only areas created between the stage and a semi-circle shaped addition to the stage in use for this concert. Those tickets will be available for $85.

      Paisley will also hold a private ticket sale for members of his fan club, which will be available March 19, through E-Tix through a special code given only to fan club members.

      So far, only one other act has been announced for the Grandstand. Fellow country music sensation Jason Aldean will close out the series Saturday, August 30th.

      This year's State Fair runs from August 21st through September 1st.