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Kenny Rogers / The Oak Ridge Boys Concert First Announced for ’06 Puyallup Fair

Tickets on Sale at Ticketmaster on February 18, 10 a.m. for Sept. 11 Concert

Puyallup, WA – February 10, 2006 – The Puyallup Fair is proud to announce the first concert of its 2006 Columbia Bank Series. Two dynamic Grammy Award-winning acts – legendary performer Kenny Rogers and country music icons, The Oak Ridge Boys – will take the stage on Monday, Sept. 11. Rogers is currently promoting his hit single and video, “I Can’t Unlove You,” while platinum and gold record holders The Oak Ridge Boys continue to be one of America’s best known country acts.

Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale at all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers on Saturday, Feb. 18th at 10 a.m. Ticket prices are $39.50 for infield seating, and $34.50 for grandstand seating. Seats are reserved and include Fair gate admission.

Kenny Rogers

Releasing his first studio album in three years and his first for Capitol Records since the 1980s, Water and Bridges, Kenny Rogers is one of a handful of musicians whose appeal spreads across several musical genres and generations, having performed for over five decades. His new hit single and video, “I Can’t Unlove You,” is the first single from his upcoming album which will be in stores March 21. The song joins a long list of Rogers’ hits that include such No. 1 songs as “The Gambler,” “Buy Me A Rose,” “Islands In The Stream” (with Dolly Parton), “Lady,” “You Decorated My Life,” and “Lucille.”

Rogers has sold over 105 million copies of his 63 albums worldwide, performed concerts all over the world, and received numerous industry awards, including 20 Platinum® albums. He has topped the charts 22 times with No. 1 hit records, one of which was on his own independent record label, Dreamcatcher Records (“Buy Me A Rose”). Acknowledged by RIAA as the 4th Best Selling Male Artist of all time, Rogers still finds time to be an accomplished photographer, author, television/stage actor, and a strong advocate of charitable endeavors.

As one of country music’s biggest crossover successes, Rogers’ numerous accolades include three Grammy Awards, 11 People’s Choice Awards, 18 American Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards, and five Country Music Association Awards. In 1990, Rogers was honored with the Horatio Alger Award, given to those who have distinguished themselves despite humble beginnings.

The Oak Ridge Boys

Having sold millions of records and collected multiple platinum and gold records over the years, The Oak Ridge Boys have entertained fans with their recordings, television and personal appearances. Their goal has been to perform uplifting songs with lasting value, and hits like “Bobbie Sue,” “Dream On,” “Thank God For Kids,” “Sail Away,” “Fancy Free,” “American Made,” “Y’all Come Back Saloon” and “Elvira” prove the group has done just that.

The unique four-part harmony of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of country hits and a #1 pop smash over the years, earning the group five Grammy Awards, 12 Dove Awards between 1969 and 1973, four CMA Awards, four ACM Awards, and four No. 1 Billboard Awards.

The Oak Ridge Boys represent a tradition of performing country and gospel music that extends back to 1943. Various members have made up the group since then, but current members Duane Allen and William Lee Golden (who joined in the 1960s) and Joe Bonsall and Richard Sterban (who joined in the 1970s) make up the magical combination that scored big hits on the country and pop charts in the 1970s, ‘80s, ‘90s and beyond.

The Oak Ridge Boys band includes two second-generation members: Chris Golden (drums) and Ron Fairchild (keyboard, guitar), along with Don Carr (lead guitar), James Fulbright (bass guitar) and Ryan Pierce (steel guitar, mandolin, fiddle).

Additional concerts will be announced in the near future. For the latest information, visit the official Fair website for updates: www.thefair.com.

Dates for the 2006 Puyallup Fair are Sept. 8-24. This Pacific Northwest tradition features the top names in entertainment, the PRCA Rodeo, rides, exhibits, food, flowers and animals. For further information, visit www.thefair.com or call the 24-hour hotline at (253) 841-5045.

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