DU QUOIN — Most of the grandstand music lineup for the 2019 Du Quoin State Fair was announced Monday morning.
Here's what we know so far:
- Sunday, Aug. 25: Wynonna Judd. Country singer who first gained fame as a member of the mother-daughter duo The Judds. Her debut solo album went platinum after its release in 1992. Her current band is Wynonna and the Big Noise.
- Monday, Aug. 26: Matthew West. Contemporary Christian/gospel music. Former host of "Gospel Dream," a TV music competition. Winner of a 2013 Dove Award.
- Tuesday, Aug. 27: Confederate Railroad, Shenandoah and Restless Heart. Confederate Railroad has been a hit-making force in Southern rock since the 1990s, with two releases going platinum in the '90s.
- Wednesday, Aug. 28: LANCO, Murphy 500, and another opener to be announced. LANCO is a country band new on the scene. Murphy 500 is a Southern Illinois-based country band.
- Thursday, Aug. 29: Whitey Morgan, Cody Canada and the Departed, We Got it Covered. Whitey Morgan plays honky-tonk country; Cody Canada is alt-country. We Got it Covered is a Southern Illinois-based cover band.
Josh Gross, Du Quoin State Fair manager, said the musical entertainment for Aug. 24 and 30 have not been confirmed yet, but both nights are will feature rock 'n' roll. Tickets go on sale June 24, and at least one of those will be confirmed be that date.
“We have worked to keep ticket prices as low as possible,” Gross said.
Tickets will go on sale through Ticketmaster at 10 a.m. June 24. The tickets office at the fairground will have a one-hour presale beginning at 9 a.m. that same day. Prices range from $8 to $25, depending on the artist and location of seating.
“I think Whitey Morgan is going to put on a great show,” Gross said. “LANCO just release a new single, 'Rivals,' which was played during the Stanley Cup. I expect them to be popular.”
Gross also released names of bands scheduled to play in the beer tent the first weekend of the fair. On Friday night, The LACS, an American country rap duo, will play. Saturday evening features the rock band Saving Abel. Both concerts are free.
New this year, the ARCA race will run at night on Saturday, Aug. 31, instead of its usual daytime slot. USAC races taking the magic mile during the day on Sunday, Sept. 1. Monday will feature monster trucks in the Grandstand.
For the first time, both state fairs will be able to have gambling machines at the fair, thanks to passage of the state gambling expansion. Gross said the machines will have to be located where alcohol is being served, so he expects to have some machines in the beer tent and some machines in the Grandstand where parimutuel betting takes place.
“We can have up to 30 machines, but that doesn’t mean we have to have 30,” Gross said.
Details are being handled in Springfield. Gross said he only has input in placing the machines.
Harness racing, a tradition at Du Quoin, is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, and noon Saturday, Aug. 24.
“One of the big winners from the gaming bill is the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association,” Gross said. “Our goal is to expand harness racing after the association gets back on its feet.”
The 2019 Du Quoin State Fair runs from Aug. 23 to Sept. 2.
— Alee Quick contributed to this story.