Country music fans love to see their favorite artists in concert. Few events offer bigger stars each summer than the Iowa State Fair. Just over one month ago, the fairgrounds in Des Moines were once again packed with country fans as three of this year's fair acts took in more than $1 million in ticket sales. Here is who ruled at this year's Iowa State Fair!

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1. The Chicks

Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire, and Emily Stayer, otherwise known as The Chicks, played at the Iowa State Fair grandstand on August 19th. The show lasted over 2 hours, according to the Des Moines Register, and featured songs from the latest album 'Gaslighter', as well as classic hit songs like "Cowboy Take Me Away" and "Wide Open Spaces."

Ticket Sales - $1,431,889

Attendance - 17,219

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2. Eric Church

The Chief rolled into Des Moines and promptly told the crowd in the grandstands that they'd be in 'church' until at least 11 p.m. on August 13th, according to the Register. Church proved to be one of the most popular shows in recent fair history, falling just 37 tickets short of Chris Stapleton's all-time fair record.

Ticket sales - $1,419,809

Attendance - 17,283

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3. Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean roared into the Iowa State Fair with a hit song embroiled in controversy. To his credit, Aldean didn't shy away from the attention his song "Try That in a Small Town" was getting. He told fairgoers on August 20th that he was proud of the song and its message, according to the Register.

Ticket sales - $1,089,809

Attendance - 12,581

Country shows were the only concerts at this year's Iowa State Fair that grossed more than $1 million and had more than 10,000 fans in attendance. The Register reports that the other top shows at this year's fair, in order of popularity included,

  • New Kids on the Block
  • Ludacris
  • The Black Keys
  • Jeff Dunham
  • For King + Country
  • Tyler Hubbard
  • Maren Morris
  • Lindsay Stirling

Who will take the stage in 2024? We'll have to wait and see, but this year's lineup will be tough to top!

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