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Iowa State Fair line-up is imposing

DES MOINES --The 2004 Iowa State Fair grandstand line-up, including 2003 American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken, award-winner Kid Rock, multi-platinum artists Nickelback and hot country stars Rascal Flatts, has something for just about any musical taste.

Michael W. Smith and MercyMe, Brooks &; Dunn, Montgomery Gentry and Josh Turner are also set for the fair.

The Rock Œn‚; Roll Reunion celebrates its 25th year Aug. 14, with seven popular acts: Lou Christie, Fabian, Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon, Lesley Gore, Tommy Roe, The Marvelettes plus Danny and the Juniors.

Clay Aiken takes to the stage Aug. 15. Kid Rock performs Aug. 21, and Nickelback will rock the fair Aug. 19, with special guest Puddle of Mudd. Multi-award winning Contemporary Christian artist Michael W. Smith and 2004 Dove Award Artist and Group of the Year winners MercyMe kick off the Fair Aug. 12, with the David Crowder Band as special guest.

Great country sounds begin with Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award nominees for Top Vocal Duo Montgomery Gentry with special guest Gary Allan Friday, Aug. 13. Rascal Flatts, who last year picked up Vocal Group and Song of the Year honors from both the ACM and the Country Music Association, perform Aug. 17, with special guest Chris Cagle. Up-and-comer Josh Turner follows up PRCA Rodeo action Aug. 20. The ever-popular duo of Brooks &; Dunn, with special guest Gretchen Wilson, caps off the Fair Sunday, Aug. 22.

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Aug. 14 is I.M.C.A. stock cars, hobby stocks and modifieds. The Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models tears up the track Aug. 16. Tumultuous Grand Outlaw National Tractor and Truck Pulling roars into the Grandstand Aug. 18. Rodeo fans get a bonus bargain afternoon session Saturday, Aug. 21.

Tickets for all shows are available through all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, Charge-By-Phone numbers, online at ticketmaster.com or at the Iowa State Fair Ticket Office. Convenience charges apply to all tickets.

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