LIMA — The Allen County Fair is anticipating one of its largest crowds to date for headliner country artist Kane Brown on Saturday, Aug. 17.
The last act to sell out was in 2015 with Lady Antebellum and Sam Hunt, said fair general manager Bob Fricke.
With hits such as “Heaven” and “What Ifs,” Brown sold out every venue on his first headlining tour. Brown’s self-titled debut album in 2016 went gold-certified and stands as country’s best-selling new-artist debut since 2014, according to the Allen County Fair.
“We are set up as this will be the largest concert area we’ve ever sat for the fair with it being Kane Brown,” Fricke said. “It’s the largest reaction we’ve had in the last four years, at least through social media. His history is that he sells out venues wherever he is, and we’re anticipating the same response in Lima.”
Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 21 at www.allencofair.com or at the fair box office. Tickets are $100 for VIP Pit, $65 for track seating and $45 for grandstand and bleachers. Price includes services charges, but do not include a general admission ticket to the fair, which is required.
A seating chart and additional information can be found at www.allencofair.com.
The biracial singer/songwriter became the first artist to top all five Billboard main country charts simultaneously, including Top Country Albums, Country Digital Song Sales (“Heaven”), Country Airplay, Hot Country Songs and Country Streaming Songs (“What Ifs”).
The pursuit for Brown began 17 months ago. Since then, Brown released his second album, “Experiment,” in November 2018 with hits “Good As You,” “Lose It” and “Homesick.”
“We’ve had major-named artists in past, and we’re trying to continue that trend,” Fricke said. “With Kane’s pop since we started, he’s done nothing but climb charts and continue to get bigger.”
Brown performed in Toledo at the Huntington Center last weekend and will return to Ohio on Aug. 9 at Cleveland’s Blossom Music Center.
“When working 17 months out, it can be a crystal ball of who is available and who is routing through area,” Fricke said. “We’ve done various acts and genres; it goes back to our 18-member board looking at what is available and the challenges of who and where they are in regards to routing.
“We’re very conscious about where they are playing because it wouldn’t make sense to bring someone in who is just in our area, [because we’re] competing with venues throughout the state and country when you’re talking about an act like Kane Brown.”
Since Lady Antebellum, the fair has hosted Nelly and Sean Kingston in 2016, Dustin Lynch and Neal McCoy in 2017 and ventriloquist Darci Lynne of “America’s Got Talent” last year.
The opener is still to be determined by Brown’s team and will be announced at a later date.
Kane Brown, shown here at the Billboard Music Awards on May 1, will perform at the Allen County Fair in August.
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