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Love music? Love the State Fair? Then tomorrow’s your day!

On Friday, Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. — that’s tomorrow — tickets go on sale for the N.C. State Fair concert series, featuring shows from hip-hop’s Vanilla Ice to country star Trace Adkins.

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Here’s the full lineup, plus ticket prices:

Thursday, Oct 16: Vanilla Ice, $5

This rapper and reality TV show personality became the first hip-hop artist to top the Billboard pop singles chart with his hit “Ice Ice Baby” in 1990.

Friday, Oct 17: Tamela Mann, $10

A gospel artist who began her career with Kirk Franklin and the Family, Mann this year won Stellar Award’s Best Female Gospel Artist of the Year, and Best Gospel Artist at the BET Awards.

Saturday, Oct 18: Clay Walker, $12

This country artist has 11 albums and 30 singles to his credit, including six No. 1 hits like “What's It to You,” and “Live Until I Die.”

Sunday, Oct 19: Parmalee, $10

North Carolina’s own, and one of Clear Channel’s New Artists to Watch, Parmalee hit No.1 with “Carolina” in December 2013.

Monday, Oct 20: Love and Theft, $10

This country music duo is best known for its No. 1 platinum single, “Angel Eyes” and breakout hits “If You Ever Get Lonely,” “Running Out of Air” and “Amen.”

Tuesday, Oct 21: James Gregory, $5

The self-proclaimed "funniest man in America" brings his stand-up comedy show to town, complete with rib-tickling reflections on life from the front porch.

Wednesday, Oct 22: Brandy Clark, $5

This singer-songwriter’s been named Breakthrough Artist of the Year and is nominated for 2014 Song of the Year by the Academy of Country Music for her single, “Mama’s Broken Heart,” recorded by Miranda Lambert.

Thursday, Oct 23: McClain, $10

This pop trio includes China Anne McClain, who’s also known for her acting role as musical prodigy Chyna Parks on the Disney Channel program “A.N.T. Farm.” With special guest Before You Exit.

Friday, Oct 24: Newsboys, $10

A Christian pop-rock band founded in 1985, the Newsboys have released 16 studio albums, six of which have been certified gold and are winners of five Dove Awards. In 2014, the band filmed a performance sequence for the critically-acclaimed movie, “God’s Not Dead.”

Saturday, Oct 25: Trace Adkins, $17

A country music superstar with more than 10 million albums sold, this Grammy-nominated artist is best known for his hits “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing,” “Ladies Love Country Boys” and “You’re Gonna Miss This.”

Sunday, Oct 26: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, $15

Hard-rocking and with eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, this band’s hits include “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock 'N' Roll,” and “Crimson and Clover.”

All of these N.C. State Fair concerts will be held in Dorton Arena at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Also going on sale tomorrow are State Fair discounted admission and ride sheets. Advance admission tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children, reflecting a savings of $2 per adult gate admission ticket and $1 per child’s gate admission.

An 18-ticket ride sheet is $10 in advance, saving fairgoers $8 off the regular price.

The 2014 N.C. State Fair will be held Oct. 16-26 at the State Fairgrounds. Go to for more information.

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