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“Buy Me a Boat” singer Chris Janson coming to the Kansas State Fair


If you are looking for “Good Vibes” on a Friday night, you’ll find them at the Kansas State Fair in September.

Breakout country star Chris Janson is bringing his “Real Friends” tour to the Nex-Tech Wireless Grandstand on Friday, Sept. 18. The high-octane entertainer and composer is known for songs “Buy Me a Boat,” “Drunk Girl” and “Good Vibes.”

Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. Friday, March 20. The Fair’s ticket office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day to accommodate walk-in traffic and phone calls. Fans can snag tickets two days earlier, on Wednesday, March 18, by signing up for the Fair’s email list at

Ticket prices are $25 to $65, which includes gate admission to the Fair if purchased by Aug. 15.

“Chris Janson is a spirited performer who continues to rise in popularity with every song he releases,” said General Manager Robin Jennison. “He’s an entertainer in every sense of the word. His concert starts of an exciting last weekend of grandstand entertainment, which also features Nelly and Darci Lynne Farmer.”

About Janson

Called a “live legacy in the making” by Rolling Stone, Chris Janson is a platinum-selling recording artist and award-winning singer/songwriter. The three-time CMA nominee has collected prestigious accolades that place him amongst country music greats. He won ACM Video of the Year for his Gold-certified hit “Drunk Girl,” which also earned the Song of the Year title at the 2018 MusicRow Awards.

In 2015, Janson put himself on the country music map with his single “Buy Me a Boat.” The chart-topping, double-platinum single received the iHeartRadio Music Awards Country Song of the Year in 2016 has had more than 82 million streams on Spotify.

Other songs include “Fix a Drink,” “Power of Positive Drinkin’” and “Done.” “Good Vibes” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart in October.

Janson also is a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

When Purchasing Tickets

Fair officials advise fairgoers to be cautious when purchasing tickets. Etix is the only authorized seller for Fair tickets. Tickets can be purchased through Etix by visiting the Kansas State Fair’s website — or by stopping in at the Administration Building at 2000 N. Poplar, Hutchinson. After the on-sale date of March 20, the ticket office will open for the season in April after all the concerts have been announced.

The 2020 Kansas State Fair is Sept. 11-20. Fair officials are still finalizing the remaining Nex-Tech Wireless Grandstand concert series. Here are the acts announced so far.

  • Joe Diffie and Logan Mize — 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. Originally from Tulsa, the two-time Grammy Award winner Diffie has charted 35 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, including “John Deere Green,” “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die),” “Third Rock from the Sun,” “Pickup Man” and “Bigger Than the Beatles.
Mize is an up-and-coming country star from Clearwater, Kansas. His “Come Back Road” album has more than 150 million streams across all platforms and debuted at No. 2 on the Country iTunes chart. Other singles include “It Ain’t Always Pretty, "Can't Get Away from a Good Time,” "Better Off Gone” and “I Ain’t Gotta Grow Up.” Tickets are all general admission — $20 in the grandstand seating area and $45 in the Bud Light party Pit.

  • 38 Special — 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17. Spanning five decades, 38 Special helped write the classic rock soundtrack of the 1970s and 1980s with hits like “Hold on Loosely” and “Caught Up in You.” Ticket prices are all general admission – $20 in the grandstand seating area and $45 in the Bud Light Party Pit.
  • Nelly with Willie Jones — 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19. Nelly, a diamond-selling, multi-platinum artist, has sold more than 22 million albums, ranking him as one of the best-selling rappers in America. His songs include “Ride Wit Me,” “Hot in Herre,” “Air Force Ones” and “Country Grammar,” which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in June. Rising star Jones blends his country roots with R&B and hip-hop influences. Recent singles include Whole Lotta Love,” “Bachelorettes on Broadway” and “Down For it.” Tickets are still available at $25 and $35.
  • Darci Lynne Farmer — 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20. Teen ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer hit stardom in 2017 after becoming one of the youngest contestants to ever win NBC’s America’s Got Talent.” Darci Lynne will be accompanied by her puppet friends: divaesque rabbit Petunia, shy and soulful mouse Oscar and a sarcastic old woman named Edna. Ticket prices start at $20.
 “Buy Me a Boat” singer Chris Janson coming to the Kansas State Fair
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