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New York State Fair opens today

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- The New York State Fair is kicking off its 12-day run with national touring acts and a new operator for the rides on the midway.
  
The gates at the fairgrounds in the Syracuse suburb of Geddes (GEH'-dehs) open at 8 a.m. Thursday.
  
Kellie Pickler leads off the fair's entertainment lineup with a free afternoon concert at Chevy Court, followed by the Barenaked Ladies at night. Other acts performing free concerts include Ashanti on Sunday and the Doobie Brothers on Labor Day, Sept. 1.
  
Country music star Brad Paisley kicks off the concerts in the Grandstand with a Thursday night performance. Other Grandstand performers include Pitbull on Saturday, Kid Rock on Monday and Jason Aldean on Aug. 30.
  
The fair's midway includes more than 60 rides provided by Wade Shows.
  
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