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Three scheduled acts to appear at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand in 2017 have been announced.

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The Iowa State Fair unveiled Friday three acts set to perform at the Grandstand in 2017: Canadian rock band Nickelback, country staple Alabama and Christian group For King & Country.

The triple show announcement marks the earliest the fair has ever released Grandstand tickets for sale. Tickets to each show go on sale Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at etix.com or by phone at 800-514-3849. Prices and dates of performances are listed below.

  • For King & Country with special guest Matt Maher is set for Aug. 10 at 8 p.m., and tickets cost $30, $35 and $45.
  • Nickelback is set for Aug. 11 at 8 p.m., and tickets cost $52, $62 and $72.
  • Alabama is set for Aug. 17 at 8 p.m., and tickets cost $42, $47 and $57.

Each act previously performed at the Iowa State Fair, with Alabama and For King & Country taking the stage in 2015 and Nickelback last appearing in 2004.

The fair will be staggering ticket on-sale dates for Grandstand shows as each is announced, a news release said. Iowa State Fair CEO Gary Slater said the change comes to compete with other major 2017 music events that launch ticket sales months in advance. The Iowa State Fair is slated to take place Aug. 10-20.

The Iowa State Fair Grandstand is set to undergo a multimillion dollar renovation to its stage and floor seating area before the 2018 fair.

“I think it’s a proven fact that the longer (shows are) on sale ... the more tickets you sell,” Slater said. "(It gives) people an alternative for stocking stuffers.”

Grammy Award-winning country rock act Alabama gained international popularity with 1980s hits such as “Song of the South,” “Mountain Music” and “Dixieland Delight.” The group’s latest studio record, “Southern Drawl,” dropped in 2015.

Nickelback — the group Canadian police will force you to listen to when arrested for drunken driving — released its latest studio effort, “No Fixed Address,” in 2014. The group garnered rock radio success in the 1990s and 2000s with songs such as “How You Remind Me” and “Rockstar.” The band was scheduled to appear at Wells Fargo Arena in 2015 before the show was cancelled due to health issues with frontman Chad Kroeger.

For King & Country is a Billboard-charting Australian Christian pop duo that released its sophomore album, “Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong.,” in 2014. Joe Smallbone, one-half of the duo, took his talents to the big screen in 2016, playing a role in the drama film “Priceless.”

The fair runs Aug. 10-20, 2017.

More acts are expected to be announced in early 2017. More information can be found at iowastatefair.org.

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