It's great to hear concert announcements again. Even if we're not sure it will happen, concert announcements give us hope.

If you'll recall there was no Iowa State Fair last year because of the pandemic. This year Iowa State Fair officials are more hopeful. They've just announced the lineup for this year's grandstand shows and Blake Shelton is headliner with special guest Matt Stell on Friday, Aug. 13, at 8:00 p.m.

Here's the rest of the line up from IowaStateFair.Org:

Sam Hunt with special guest Kip Moore

The Beach Boys with special guest Hanson

Styx with special guest Tesla

Chris Stapleton with special guest Nikki Lane

Keith Urban with special guest Russell Dickerson

Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 8, at 10:00 a.m. at or 800-514-3849

The 2021 Iowa State Fair is scheduled for August 12-22. Get details here. Blake may want to hold off singing his "Minimum Wage" song until the salty social media backlash dissipates.

The music stopped in 2020, but we’re excited to announce the first 2021 Iowa State Fair Grandstand Concert presented by...

Posted by Iowa State Fair on Wednesday, January 6, 2021

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