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The Colorado State Fair concert lineup, so far

Hunter Hayes in the '21' music video.

The Colorado State Fair has announced their headliners for the 2017 Colorado State Fair — and similar to previous years, the lineup is a mix of current favorites and maybe some old favorites.

The fair runs August 25 – September 4, 2017.  For more information, visit www.coloradostatefair.com.

Gabriel Iglesias // Aug. 25

Starting off the week is comedian Gabriel Iglesias, best known for his stand-up. “I’m Not Fat… I’m Fluffy” and “Hot & Fluffy” were wildly popular after Iglesias was a contestant on Last Comic Standing.

These days, the comedian has been up to a lot of voice work. This year along he’s done “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” “Show Dogs” and “The Star.”

Gary Allan // Aug. 31

You just can’t keep Gary Allan away from Pueblo. The country star performed at Bands in the Backyard in 2013 — that was after Allan filmed a music video at the Colorado State Fair events center during the Professional Bull Rider’s 2010 Pueblo Invitational.

Allan released his single “Mess Me Up” in May of this year — which he says fans have loved since he first played it live. The California country singer is most known for songs like “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)” and “Watching Airplanes.”

ZZ Top // Sept. 1

ZZ Top is no stranger to the Colorado State Fair. The band was on stage in 2004 during the State Fair — that was the year the band was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.

Skillet // Sept. 2

The Christian rock band has been around for more than two decades now (but only one original member remains). The Colorado State Fair comes at the tail-end of their current summer tour.

Skillet last released an album in 2015, but is mostly known for their work in the early 2000s, like Monster. The band has two Grammy nominations.

Hunter Hayes // Sept. 3

The 25-year-old country heart throb is slated to finish out the week-long event. Grammy-nominated Hayes is best known for his chart-toppers “Wanted” and “I Want Crazy.”

Hayes quietly decided to make a new album in 2016. With that decision came a new voice, the singer told Rolling Stone earlier this year:

“The latter part of the record you’ll really feel how my sound has changed. What’s been released already and what’s coming out pretty soon, there’ll be a glimpse of the wilder side of the record. But it’s all over the place, because I want it to be.”

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Written by Kara Mason

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Kara Mason is PULP's news editor. She is also the Society of Professional Journalists Colorado Pro Chapter president. Kara freelances for other regional publications, covering government, politics and the environment.

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