York Fair fills out concert lineup

Alyssa Pressler
  • Tickets are now on sale for all the concerts.
  • Headliners include Alabama, Chase Rice with Parmalee and the up and coming country star Tyler Farr.

The York Fair lineup for the Grandstand of Stars has been announced, and Mike Froehlich, general manager of the fair, is particularly excited for this year.

The Grandstand of Stars will include some old favorites making a return to the fair, including Dennis Lee, a popular performing artist at state and county fairs in the nation, and comedian Jeff Dunham.

Gene Schenck, the former president of the fair and current board member, said that he's most excited for Dunham because he "always cracks me up."

In addition, Chase Rice with Parmalee will perform Sept. 10, the first Saturday of the fair. Froehlich said the "I Love '90s Tour" concert will be a big hit, too, with performers such as Salt-N-Pepa, Vanilla Ice, Coolio and more  to take people back.

Alabama will perform  Sept. 17, and the last night of the fair, Sept. 18, will have the popular demolition derby in the grandstand rather than a concert. The demolition derby, as always, is free for those who pay admission.

Salt-N-Pepa perform on "Today" in April. The group is part of the "I Love the 90s Tour" coming to the York Fair on Sept. 14.

Froehlich was especially excited for the performance by Tyler Farr, set to take place  Sept. 15. Farr is an up-and-coming country star. His most recent album, "Suffer in Peace," was in the top five on Billboard Top 200 Country Albums Charts, according to a news release. Froehlich said that the fair was able to keep the ticket price for Farr's concert at $15, and that includes admission to the fair.

Froehlich also said that the popular circus will be returning this year, but it will be under the big top rather than outside as it was last year for the 250th fair. There are plenty of educational areas of the fair related to agriculture, which is one of Froehlich and Schenck's favorite aspects. Parents and their children can interact with farm animals, learn about plants and farming, and look at antique tractors.

"Fairs are about family and having a good time," Froehlich said. "People can come to the fair and relax and forget about their troubles for a time."

The York Fair will run Sept. 9-18. More information  can be found on the website yorkfair.org.

"I measure the success of the fair by how many smiles I see," Froehlich said. "I see more and more smiles every year."

A complete schedule for the grandstand concerts/evening events:

  • Sept. 10: Chase Rice with Parmalee
  • Sept. 11: Patriotic concert by Dennis Lee, following a parade tribute to service members and emergency service personnel
  • Sept. 13: Dennis Lee performs again 
  • Sept. 14: "I Love the 90s Tour"
  • Sept. 15: Tyler Farr 
  • Sept. 16: Jeff Dunham 
  • Sept. 17: Alabama 
  • Sept. 18: Demolition Derby