Some people already are counting down to the 2017 Pima County Fair, even if it is a month away.
The fair opens April 20 and runs 11 days, until April 30. But it’s not even the prospect of sticky cotton candy, gobbling smoked turkey legs and riding the G Force or Mega Drop on the midway until you throw up that turkey leg and cotton candy that has everyone excited.
It’s the concerts.
This is the chance of the year to see so many different genres — from rock and rap to reggae and regional Mexican — on one stage. And we get the bonus of the legendary Tanya Tucker. Sweet.
Admission is free with fair admission, which is a pretty good deal: $8 for adults, $4 for kids 6 to 10 and free for those 5 and younger. You also have to pay $5 to park, but when you do the math, you end up paying less than $15 to see some pretty big names playing in the beautiful Tucson outdoors on the fair’s Budweiser Main Stage.
Here’s the lineup, which is naturally subject to change:
- Rappers T-Pain and Naughty By Nature open the series at 8 p.m. April 20.
- Rock rules on day two with Cinderella frontman Tom Keifer and Winger at 8 p.m. April 21.
- Country crooner Josh Turner will turn the Budweiser stage into a honky tonk at 8 p.m. April 22.
- We head south of the border when Ramon Ayala y Sus Bravos del Norte take the stage at 7:30 p.m. April 23.
- Sixties rockers Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals at 7:30 p.m. April 24.
- Disco divos Village People are on stage at 7:30 p.m. April 25.
- Aussie Christian country brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone bring their For King & Country duo to Tucson for a 7:30 p.m. show April 26.
- Atlanta, Georgia, hip-hop artist Lil Yachty is on stage at 8 p.m. April 27.
- Reggae band Dirty Heads headlines the Budweiser stage at 8 p.m. April 28.
- Country great Tanya Tucker plays the Main Stage at 4 p.m. April 29.
- The monstrously big La Séptima Banda (17 musicians) will fill the air with bandas, regional Mexican music, cumbias, rancheras and their specialty, narcocorridos when they take the stage at 8 p.m. April 29.
- Country rocker Kip Moore closes out the fair on April 30.