Minnesota State Fair adds final (and familiar) grandstand act



Last we checked, the Minnesota State Fair goes down in Minnesota. But that's not stopping organizers from booking Alabama — a band not at all named after Minnesota — for the 19th (!) time.

It was announced Monday that Alabama's Southern Drawl Tour will hit the fair September 1. Tickets — $40-$50 — go on sale 10 a.m. July 15 via the fair box office or The addition of the longtime country stars thus completes the 2016 grandstand lineup, which you can view here

Formed in 1969, Alabama scored their biggest hits — "Love in the First Degree," "Mountain Music," "Dixieland Delight, "If You're Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)," "Song of the South" — in the '80s. The two-time Grammy winners went on hiatus in 2004, but returned to recording and touring in 2011. 

Opening the fair show is Nashville country trio Levon. They're also not named after Minnesota; they've covered Ed Sheeran at least once.