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 Thomas Rhett - Tuesday, August 29

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Country singer-songwriter Thomas Rhett, propelled by six consecutive No. 1 hits and a string of music awards including the Academy of Country Music’s (ACM’s) Male Vocalist of the Year, is headlining at The Great Allentown Fair on August 29.

The title track off of Rhett’s debut album “It Goes Like This” gave him his first No. 1 hit in 2013. His next two songs sent to radio, “Get Me Some of That” and “Make Me Wanna,” also went to the top of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs.

Rhett’s follow-up sophomore album, the certified Platinum powerhouse “Tangled Up” released in 2015, features party anthems, dance tunes, drinking songs and love ballads that he wrote while on tour for his first record. Its first single, “Crash and Burn,” earned Rhett another Platinum ranking and his fourth No. 1.

His latest single, “Craving You,” injects what Rolling Stone Magazine called an ‘80s Pop influence and features background harmonies from this year’s breakout female Country artist Maren Morris. The pair performed the song at last month’s ACM Awards show.

Tickets for Thomas Rhett with special guest Dan + Shay are $49, $69 and $80.

 Keith Urban - Wednesday, August 30

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Four-time Grammy Award winner Keith Urban is bringing his “ripCORD World Tour 2017” to Fair.

Urban’s eighth studio album RIPCORD, released last year, has produced four No. 1 singles—the Grammy nominated “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” “Break On Me,” “Wasted Time” and his most recent hit, “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” a multi-week chart-topper. His fifth single off of RIPCORD, “The Fighter (featuring Carrie Underwood),” recently pushed Urban’s streak to 38-in-a row as the artist with the most consecutive top 10 songs on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart—a feat that began in August of 2000.

Distinguished as a singer-songwriter-musician with exceptional prowess on the guitar, Urban hit the road last year following RIPCORD’s amazing debut atop all-genre charts in the United States, Canada and Australia.

Urban’s four Best Male Country Vocal Performance GRAMMYs were awarded for “You’ll Think of Me” in 2006, “Stupid Boy” in 2008, “Sweet Thing” in 2010 and “Til Summer Comes Around” in 2011, a song with summer-laden images including lyrics about Ferris wheels that perfectly fit the evening he performed it at the fair when he last appeared in 2010.

He made Country Music Association (CMA) history being its first Horizon Award honoree to go on as his career progressed to win CMA’s prestigious Male Country Vocalist of the Year, a title he’s captured three times, and Entertainer of the Year awards.

 With 22 No. 1 hit singles, the last six consecutive, and eight studio and four compilation albums, the last five consecutively going platinum or multi-platinum, Urban has taken his place among the country music elite.

Tickets for Keith Urban are $59, $85 and $99. 

 John Mellencamp - Thursday, August 31

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America's heartland-rocker and champion of farmers John Mellencamp is performing at The Great Allentown Fair for the first time as part of a tour that includes some of the nation's top agricultural fairs in addition to major cities.

Spanning more than 35 years, Mellencamp's career in music has seen him transition from pop star to one of the most highly respected singer/songwriters of a generation. This member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Grammy winner is one of the most successful live concert performers in the world. The social activism reflected in his songs helped catalyze Farm Aid, the concert series and organization that has addressed the struggle of American family farmers for more than 25 years.

Mellencamp's classic hits that are indeed stories of middle America include "Small Town," "Authority Song," "Jack and Diane," "Hurts So Good," "Crumblin' Down," "Lonely Ol' Night," "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.," "Rain on the Scarecrow," "Check it Out," "Cherry Bomb" and many others.

His 23rd full-length album out in April 2017, "Sad Clowns & Hillbillies," features his special guest tour-mate Carlene Carter. "Sad Clowns & Hillbillies" returns him to the musical eclecticism that is, itself, a reflection of his wide-ranging musings on life and showcases a poet who has wisely used the years between youth and the present day to become an absolute master of songwriting and interpretation. He continues his journey as the walking embodiment of heartland rock; passionate, plain-spoken, and a self-proclaimed rebel.

Tickets for John Mellencamp with special guest Carlene Carter are $59, $75 and $89.

 Rascal Flatts - Friday, September 1

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Rascal Flatts is the best-selling, most awarded country vocal group of the past decade with over 23.4 million albums, over 33.7 million digital downloads worldwide and over 40 trophies from the ACAs, ACMs, AMAs, CMAs, People's Choice Awards.
Their tenth studio album, "Back to Us" due out May 19 includes their current single "Yours If You Want It" heralded by USA Today as "a sure-fire smash."

A force to be reckoned with in any genre, the upcoming release of BACK TO US comes hot on the heels of the success of Rascal Flatts' 16th No. 1 hit "I Like The Sound Of That," from their ninth studio album REWIND (Big Machine Records). The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, making them one of only four acts during the SoundScan era to have eight consecutive studio albums debut in the top spot.

Known as one of the hottest-selling touring acts in any genre, the trio also recently celebrated a major milestone of 10 million tickets sold, following a rousing year stacked of headlining shows. They last performed at the Allentown Fair in 2004.

Tickets for Rascal Flatts and a special guest to be announced soon are $45.50, $65.50 and $85.50.

 Pentatonix - Saturday, September 2

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Pentatonix, the Grammy Award winning a cappella singing sensation, will perform at The Great Allentown Fair on Saturday, September 2.

In just five years, Pentatonix has sold more than 6-million albums in the U.S. alone. They have won three Grammy Awards and performed for hundreds of thousands of fans at their sold-out shows across the globe. Their YouTube channel boasts close to 13 million subscribers, yielding over 2-billion video views, and their 2015 self-titled album has been certified gold after debuting #1 on Billboard's Top 200.

In October 2016, Pentatonix released their third holiday album - A Pentatonix Christmas - which has been certified platinum, spending two consecutive weeks atop Billboard's Top 200 Chart as well as reaching #1 on iTunes and Amazon. The album includes a cover of the Leonard Cohen classic "Hallelujah," which reached #2 on the iTunes singles chart, generating 20 million video views in its first week (more than 130 million total) and has since been certified gold.

The group's newest release - PTX Vol. 4 - Classics (out April 7th) - features their Grammy Award-winning performance of "Jolene" with Dolly Parton, as well as an arrangement of the John Lennon
classic "Imagine."

Tickets for Pentatonix and a special guest to be announced soon are $35, $55 and $75.

 MEGA 99.5 hosts ‘Summer’s Last BASH’ - Sunday, September 3

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A triple bill of Latin stars will heat up Sunday, September 3, the day before Labor Day, ringing out the summer with a festival-style show that completes The Great Allentown Fair’s concert line-up for its 165th run.

Radio station MEGA 99.5 is hosting the four-hour show starting at 5:30 p.m. that features a dream team of artists for lovers of Salsa and Reggaeton.

MEGA’s President/General Manager Victor Martinez announced that the station’s first-ever concert at the Fair will feature Tito Nieves known as “The Pavarotti of Salsa,” Ivy Queen the duly dubbed “Queen of Reggaeton” and Salsa superstar José Alberto “El Canario.”

Tickets for the show go on sale to the public starting Monday, August 7 at 10 a.m. when the Fair begins its expanded box office hours leading up to the week long event that ends on Labor Day.

The reserved VIP seats are $50. General admission both on the floor and in the grandstand is $30 and $15 for ages 12 and under

 J & J Demolition Derby - Monday, September 4

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It’s a Labor Day Tradition and a bang-up ending to the summer.

Fenders fly on the Allentown Fairground’s historic racetrack when drivers of jalopies crash and smash into each other in qualifying heats until the last vehicle running takes the final to become The Beast of the East Champion!  

This is a classic automotive event that you just can’t see every day. 

Demo Derby fans move their Labor Day picnic to the Fair taking their last whirl on the rides and stuffing their faces with the world’s best food.

 There’s no better way to ring out the summer!