REO Speedwagon to perform Aug. 26 at New York State Fair’s Chevy Court

SYRACUSE, NY — Arena rock superstars REO Speedwagon return to the Great New York State Fair’s Chevrolet Music Festival with an 8 p.m. show Wednesday, August 26 on Chevy Court.

The band behind classic hits such as “Ridin’ The Storm Out,” “Keep On Loving You” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling” will make its sixth appearance at the Fair and will take place on Women’s Day, featuring $1 admission for all women. All performances at Chevy Court and the New York Experience Stage are free with Fair admission.

“We’re thrilled to have the band back to give the Fair a blast of great classic rock n’ roll. This will be a party and I urge fans to circle this date on the calendar because it promises to be one of our best shows this year,” said Troy Waffner, Fair Director.

REO Speedwagon joins the lineup for what may be the largest festival of free, national touring music at any fair in America. More than 50 national groups will perform this year, including:

On Chevy Court:

  • Dropkick Murphys, 8 p.m. Sunday, August 30

  • The Oak Ridge Boys, 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 1

  • Sheena Easton, 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 2

  • Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, 6 p.m. Monday, September 7

On the Experience Stage:

  • Vixen and Great White, 7 p.m. Saturday, August 29

Chevrolet sponsors concerts at Chevy Court and the Experience Stage.

America’s first and oldest state fair, the Great New York State Fair, is “Beyond Great.” Founded in 1841, the Fair is the largest state fair in the east and America’s third largest state fair. More than 1.3 million people came in 2019 to enjoy the best food and beverages of New York agriculture, the largest free music festival of national touring groups in the nation, top class entertainment, shopping and more.

The Fair is a key piece of Governor Cuomo’s CNY Rising strategy of growing the Central New York economy through tourism. Fair attendance is up more than 46% since the beginning of more than $120 million in investments. The 2020 Fair runs from August 21 to September 7. Information about the Fair can be found here.

The New York State Fairgrounds is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available here. Find the Great New York State Fair on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram and enjoy photos from the Fair on Flickr. Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at