Mid-State Fair

Buying Garth Brooks tickets for the Mid-State Fair? Watch out for fakes

From left, Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks perform at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. They will perform July 27 at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles.
From left, Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks perform at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. They will perform July 27 at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles. Invision/Associated Press

Hoping to see country star Garth Brooks at the California Mid-State Fair this summer? Beware of unscrupulous scalpers selling fake tickets.

Fair organizers are urging concertgoers to purchase their tickets for Brooks’ July 27 concert in Paso Robles directly from Ticketmaster, as opposed to secondary ticket sites such as StubHub.

“Do not buy tickets from scalpers who are ‘claiming’ they have them. They DO NOT have any tickets,” fair spokesman Tom Keffury wrote Wednesday in an email. “No secondary market has any tickets right now. None. Zip. Nada.”

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Ticketmaster is the only outlet authorized to sell tickets for the show. “The fair is not responsible for tickets purchased elsewhere,” Keffury said.

The winner of two Grammy Awards and countless other honors, Brooks is best known for hits including “Friends in Low Places,” “The Thunder Rolls” and “Unanswered Prayers.” He’ll perform at the fair with his wife, country singer Trisha Yearwood of “How Do I Live” fame.

Tickets for their July 27 concert cost $73.98, plus a $6 service charge, and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday. There will be a six-ticket limit per purchase.

Tickets can be purchased only by calling 1-866-448-7849 or 1-800-745-3000, or by visiting ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks. (No tickets for the show will be sold Friday at the California Mid-State Fair box office or Ticketmaster outlets, the fair said.)

The Tribune is working directly with the Mid-State Fair to coordinate its Garth Brooks ticket giveaway.

Contacted about ticket sales seen on its website, where tickets for Brooks’ fair concert are going for $231 to $2,100 apiece, StubHub said it holds its sellers to “a very high standard.”

“I can tell you that StubHub backs every single ticket that’s listed on our site,” Cameron Papp, StubHub communications manager, wrote in an email. “Every seller is accountable for the tickets that are listed, and every buyer is protected by our FanProtect Promise.”

The California Mid-State Fair runs July 19 through 30 at the Paso Robles Event Center. For more information, call 1-800-909-FAIR (3247) or visit http://www.midstatefair.com/fair.

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