Puyallup, WA – April 7, 2006 – In one short year, Carrie Underwood has gone from being an aspiring singer to winning the American Idol 2005 competition to releasing the #1 hit, “Jesus, Take The Wheel.” When her debut CD, Some Hearts, sold 314,459 units in just one week, Underwood became the highest debuting new country artist in SoundScan’s history and the best-selling female country artist of 2005. With four recent Academy of Country Music Award nominations, Billboard’s 2005 Country Single Sales Artist of the Year is also enjoying the distinction of her debut single “Inside Your Heaven/Independence Day” being named the Top-Selling Hot 100 Song of the Year and the Top-Selling Country Single of the Year.

Carrie Underwood is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 18, 2006 at the Puyallup Fair’s 2006 Columbia Bank Concert Series. Tickets go on sale at all Ticketmaster locations on Saturday, April 15 at 10 a.m. Ticket prices are $39.50 reserved infield, $34.50 for reserved grandstand seating. Both infield and grandstand seating for this concert include Fair gate admission.

The history of Underwood’s singing career reads like a storybook. One minute the Checotah, Oklahoma native was away at college of Northeastern State University working toward a journalism career, and the next minute she was the favorite pick on American Idol 2005. The whirlwind that followed resulted in her freshman album, Some Hearts, debuting at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart for seven of its first eight weeks on the chart. It was RIAA’s fastest certified double platinum debut country album ever.

Last month, Carrie was nominated by the Academy of Country Music for four coveted awards: Top Female Vocalist, Top New Female Vocalist, Single of the Year (“Jesus Take The Wheel”) & Song of the Year (“Jesus, Take the Wheel.”) The results will be announced at the ACM Awards on CBS May 23.

Carrie has appeared and performed on Today, Good Morning America, The Tonight Show, The View, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Dr. Phil, as well as performing at the 2005 Billboard Music Awards and in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She has also been featured in Cosmo Girl, Allure, Teen Vogue and Country Weekly.

Five Puyallup Fair concert dates have already been announced. Additional concerts will be announced in the near future. For the latest information, visit the official Fair website for updates, www.thefair.com.

To date, the Puyallup Fair’s 2006 Columbia Bank Concert Series includes:


Date Entertainer Time Seating

Sept. 11 (M) Kenny Rogers / The Oak Ridge Boys 7 p.m. $39.50 / $34.50

Sept. 12 (Tu) Montgomery Gentry 7 p.m. $46.50 / $41.50

Sept. 15 (F) MercyMe 7 p.m. $15 / Free *

Sept. 18 (M) Carrie Underwood 7 p.m. $39.50 / $34.50

Sept. 21 (Th) Third Day 7 p.m. $15 / Free *

Sept. 22 (F) The Beach Boys 7 p.m. $15 / Free *

* $15 reserved infield and free grandstand require Fair admission. Free grandstand based on first come, first seated, and no tickets are issued.

Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, including Fred Meyer, Tower Records, Wherehouse Music and other independent locations. Tickets may also be purchased via phone with American Express, Visa Mastercard, or Discover credit cards by calling Ticketmaster at (253) 627-TIXS in Tacoma, or (206) 628-0888 in Seattle, or via the Internet at www.ticketmaster.com. To save the convenience charge, purchase tickets in person at the Ticketmaster Ticket Center at the Fairgrounds.

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.