The Nebraska State Fair booked Kelly Clarkson.
That's a good get. Is it the best ever?
It might be the most recognizable name, considering Clarkson won the first season of “American Idol,” became a pop star and now sits as a judge on “The Voice,” but Clarkson’s not far off from what plays the State Fair. Not lately.
The fair moved from Lincoln to Grand Island in 2010. Since then, it has slowly built up the names it books. Mostly gone are the sort of bands derogatorily labeled “state fair” acts, replaced by bands that sell out arenas.
In the past few years, the fair has booked Thomas Rhett, Lady Antebellum, Train, Charlie Puth, Brantley Gilbert, Jake Owen, Keith Urban and other big-name acts, several of which have played sold-out shows at CenturyLink Center.
Urban drew a massive crowd of nearly 12,000 people when he played the fair.
This year, the fair has Clarkson, who normally plays arenas. Also playing is country duo Sugarland, who’s coming to CenturyLink Center soon, and Old Dominion, which played a sold-out CenturyLink last year opening for Rhett.
Clarkson’s headlining gig in Grand Island is just another sign of the fair moving onward and upward.