Country superstar Jason Aldean will return to the State Fair this August, bringing his "Burn It Down" tour to the grandstand to close out the concert series.
Breakout country music acts Florida Georgia Line - who performed for roughly 30,000 fans in a torrential downpour - on the Chevy Court stage last year, and Tyler Farr will share the stage as the featured opening acts for the August 30th performance.
The grandstand is one of about 50 stops on the "Burn it Down" tour, which includes Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Darien Lake in New York, as well as several Major League Baseball stadiums.
Aldean rose to fame in 2005 with hits "Hicktown" and "Amarillo Sky" off his self-titled album. He's since sold more than 8.5 million albums and has had 12 number one hits.
You may remember, Aldean sang before a sold-out crowd at the 2012 State Fair, with Luke Bryan warming up the stage before him.
Aldean's 2012 performance was memorable for another reason as well. Fans waiting in line at the box office for seats to his show at the grandstand were furious when glitches, as a result of Etix.com first being introduced, posed obstacles. Many did not get their first-seat choices because tickets went on sale through Etix at the same time the Box Office opened. People who were waiting on their computers that Saturday morning wound up being in a better position to snag closer seats, over those who had been camping out for as many as 27 hours.
Fortunately, those problems were ironed out in time for last year's State Fair, which saw Bryan return as a headliner; the only artist to sell out the 2013 twelve-day run.
Tickets for Aldean's August 30th performance go on sale this Saturday at 9:00 a.m. at the State Fair box office, and will also be available through the Fair's online ticket seller, Etix.
Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr are the first acts to be announced for this year's State Fair. Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Fair tweeted out the announcement Saturday afternoon.
(Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.)