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      New York Country Jam offering free tickets to Friday Night Dance Party

      You're invited to the largest Country Dance Party in Central New York history, and if you play your cards right, you can score tickets for free.

      In two weeks, July 12 through July 14, national recording artists Chris Young, Billy Currington, Uncle Kracker, Kellie Pickler and more will invade the New York State Fairgrounds, luring thousands of fans for the second annual New York Country Jam.

      In honor of Kellie Pickler's birthday, which is Friday, June 28, and her winning the most recent season of "Dancing with the Stars," everyone who visits Country Jam's website can download free tickets to the Friday Night Country Dance Party to kick off the festival on July 12.

      Before the artists perform Saturday and Sunday, organizers are rolling out a giant dance floor in front of the main stage Friday night to get the party started.

      On the website, tickets for the Friday Night Country Dance Party are currently priced at $29. The special offer allows you to print off as many tickets as you'd like free of charge for 24 hours starting at midnight June 28.

      Bring your cowboy hats and boots, you'll be shaking to some of the most recognizable songs in country music, from some of the best known artists. Las Vegas tribute bands will play the music of Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert and Garth Brooks.

      Summit Ram says everyone who prints a free ticket to the Dance Party will also be offered a chance to buy discounted daily and weekend tickets for Saturday and Sunday's performances.

      A one-day pass is $59 in advance, and $69 at the gate. Weekend passes, which get you in Friday, Saturday and Sunday, are available for $99. The complete schedule is available here.

      Tickets are available at all Price Chopper stores, the Sound Garden, and on the Country Jam web site.

      The inaugural Country Jam was held last year in Bouckville, on the same grounds where the Madison Bouckville Antique Festival is held every year. It's about 15 miles south of Oneida.

      Organizers say most of the tickets to Country Jam were sold to people who live closer to Syracuse, so moving it to the Fairgrounds made more sense, and is much more convenient.