Country star Luke Bryan just made California Mid-State Fair history — as the third fair act in as many years to sell out a show in a matter of hours.
Tickets for Bryan’s July 26 concert in Paso Robles sold out less than three hours after going on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, according to Tom Keffury, who handles sponsorships and publicity for the fair. That’s 14,875 seats in all.
Fans shelled out $51 to $156 apiece to watch Bryan, the multi-platinum-selling country star behind “Kick the Dust Up” and “Strip It Down,” take the stage at the Chumash Grandstand Arena for the first time. Jon Pardi will open the show.
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Bryan isn’t the only fair act facing a sell-out crowd this summer at the Paso Robles Event Center.
Tickets for country star Eric Church’s July 21 concert sold out five days after going on sale Feb. 26, Keffury said. Church previously played the fair in 2012.
News of Bryan’s speedy sell-out comes about eight months after country legend Garth Brooks made fair history with two sold-out shows.
In June 2017, fans snatched up all 14,875 seats for Brooks’ first fair concert with wife Trisha Yearwood less than 30 seconds after they went on sale on Ticketmaster.com, making it the fair’s fastest-selling show ever. Less than a week later, Brooks’ second fair concert sold out in less than a minute.
Only two previous fair acts had achieved a similar feat. Country star Blake Shelton sold out his 2016 show in less than five hours, and rock band Aerosmith sold out its 2007 concert in a day.
Other acts lined up to perform at the Mid-State Fair this year include comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias and country artists Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Florida Georgia Line.
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