MVFair-2011-logo-div-float2The Mississippi Valley Fair is always bringing in huge names to hit the stage for local rock and country fans, and this year, in its 97th year of the fair, Alabama, Montgomery Gentry, Rascal Flatts and 3 Doors Down are among the biggies to stride the boards.

Chris Janson leads things off, taking the stage Tuesday, Aug. 2. Gary Allan hits it Wednesday, Aug. 3, with 3 Doors Down Thursday, Aug. 4, Rascal Flatts hitting it on Friday, Aug. 5, country legends Alabama playing Saturday, Aug. 6 and Montomery Gentry wrapping things up on Sunday, Aug. 7.

In addition to the musical acts, there’s plenty of other activities going on. There are games, bingo, car shows and races, tons of food, fun for kids and various other activities.

The fairgrounds are located at 2815 W. Locust St., Davenport.

Admission is by FunCard, available at local HyVee stories. A FunCard is a pay one price ($55) card for the entire six days of the fair. The card will be punched when at the gate for admission to the grounds, and punched when you enter each of the grandstand shows. The ticket is good for all six days. No individual tickets are sold for the grandstand shows, so you must purchase a fun card whether you see one show, or all six shows.

If you would just like to visit the grounds attractions, you can pay a $10 gate admission for adults, $5 for children 4-12, and free for children 3 & under. Parking is free on the property when available. Gates open daily during the fair at 7 a.m.

For more information on the fair, see http://www.mvfair.com/index.html.

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