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City Beverage to sponsor new grandstand experience

Bud Light Party Pit offers fairgoers best seats in the house.

Want to party alongside country star Billy Currington, rockers Skillet or American radio personality and comedian Bobby Bones?

Now, a new branded area at the Kansas State Fair’s Nex-Tech Wireless Grandstand will provide fairgoers with a premium party experience.

The Bud Light Party Pit, sponsored by City Beverage of Hutchinson, is an exclusive standing-room section right in front of center stage. This location gives fairgoers plenty of room for dancing while grandstand entertainers perform up close and personal.

“The Bud Light Party Pit is a newly branded concept for the Kansas State Fair,” said Marla Parsons, the fair’s sponsorship coordinator. “Our goal is to create a cool and memorable concert venue for fans — a place where they can share the experience with friends.”

Parsons added the Fair appreciates City Beverage’s continued support of the Kansas State Fair.

The Bud Light Party Pit includes:

  • The best location next to the Nex-Tech Wireless Grandstand stage;
  • Standing-room-only, party experience for 400 general admission attendees for Billy Currington (Saturday, Sept. 7), Skillet (Sunday, Sept. 8), Lauren Alaina with Mitchell Tenpenny (Friday, Sept. 13) and a to-be-named concert on Saturday, Sept. 14.
  • A more than 210 seated area for Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots (Friday, Sept. 6).
  • Close proximity to beverage and food concessions;
  • Bud-Light swag for all ticket holders;
  • Ticket prices from $50 to $65 (depending on the concert);

Those 21 and older will have a wristband. Fans under 21 are welcome in this area.

Here’s the full list of grandstand performers.

• Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots with Nicolle Galyon. Friday, Sept. 6; Tickets from $20-$65: This comedy act is comprised of Bones, who hosts the nationally syndicated “The Bobby Bones Show,” along with Producer Eddie and a group of random friends. Galyon, a native of Sterling, Kansas, is a successful Nashville songwriter with several hit country songs.

• Billy Currington, Saturday, Sept. 7. Tickets from $25-$65: Grammy-Award nominee Currington has 20 Top 40 hits, including No. 1 songs “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right,” “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer,” “Do I Make You Wanna” and “People are Crazy.”

• Skillet, Sunday, Sept. 8. Tickets from $20-$55: This quartet has cemented its place as one of the 21st century’s most successful rock bands. Their single “Monster” is the eighth most-streamed rock song of 2015 with more than 57 million plays on Spotify. “Monster” also earned the distinction of becoming the best-selling digital single in the history of Christian music.

• Francesca Battistelli and Zach Williams, Wednesday, Sept. 11. Tickets from $20-$50: Battistelli, a contemporary singer/songwriter, has seven No. 1 singles. Her hits include “Holy Spirit,” “Free to Be Me” and “Beautiful, Beautiful.” Williams made music history when he achieved two consecutive No. 1 radio hits for a total of 35 weeks with “Chain Breaker” and “Old Church Choir.”

• Lauren Alaina with Mitchell Tenpenny, Friday, Sept. 13. Tickets from $20-$55: Alaina, a runner-up on Season 10 of American Idol, includes her first No. 1 hit, the title track “Road Less Traveled.” Breakout artist Tenpenny’s single, “Drunk Me,” recently hit No. 1 on the country chart. His latest single is “Alcohol You Later.”

Tickets go on sale for all concerts at 8 a.m. Friday, April 5. Fans can snag tickets one day earlier, on April 4, by signing up for the fair’s email list on Prices include gate admission if purchased by Aug. 11.

All tickets, including those for the Bud-Light Party Pit, can be purchased through Etix by visiting the Kansas State Fair’s website —; by phone at 620-669-3618 or by stopping in at our ticket office in the Administration Building on the Fairgrounds, 2000 N. Poplar, Hutchinson.

The ticket office will open from 8 a.m. to 5 pm. April 5 and 6 to accommodate fans. Regular box office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Kansas State Fair is Sept. 6-15.

City Beverage to sponsor new grandstand experience
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