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STATE FAIR: GRANDSTAND SHOWS FEATURE COUNTRY MUSIC, HILARIOUS HYPNOTIST VANDERMEIDE.

Eleven acts spread across 11 star-studded nights - that's the entertainment agenda for the 1992 Utah State Fair.

The emphasis for the lineup of headliners in the Utah Fairpark Grandstand is on country. Not just "a little bit country," but a lot country, with a couple of "sort-of pop" and one spellbinding nonmusical show thrown in for good measure.One of this season's big-name performers is Gary Morris, a singer whose roots are solidly country, but who has successfully dabbled in everything from opera (a critically acclaimed off-Broadway production of "La Boheme") to Broadway itself (as Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables" - a role he also revived in the newly released three-disc CD "symphonic recordings" version of the show).

This year's fair will also mark one of the last chances to see Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers in a touring performance. Larry and the boys have been touring for 37 years and they've decided that it's time to park the tour bus permanently in order to concentrate on special engagements and invividual projects.

And one of the state fair's most popular entertainers - year in, year out - is hypnotist Vandermeide, who never fails to draw standing-room-only crowds and keep them in stitches by luring folks out of the audience and putting them through hilariously memorable (to everyone but themselves) routines.

Grandstand entertainment has, as usual, been booked by EugeneJelesnik, Utah State Fair entertainment director. This year's fair runs from Thursday, Sept. 10, through Sunday, Sept. 20.

All grandstand shows are performed daily at 6:30 and 9:15 p.m. (except for the fair's closing day, Sept. 20, when Crystal Gayle will perform at 6 and 8:30 p.m.), with tickets available at both the state fair ticket office and all Smith'sTix outlets.

Purchased in advance, tickets are $10 for reserved seats and $7 for general admission seating. For tickets purchased the day of the shows, prices are $12 (reserved) and $10 (general admission). These prices include admission to the fair, too, on the day of the show only.

Tickets purchased inside the fairpark on the day of the shows are $10 for reserved seating and $7 for general admission.

State fair admission prices (for the fair only, not the grandstand shows) are $4 for adults and $2 for children 6-16 years of age and for residents age 62 and over. Children 5 and under are admitted to the fairgrounds free of charge.

For ticket information, call 538-STAR.

Here's a calendar of Utah State Fair Grandstand entertainers:

- Doug Stone (Sept. 10): Nominated for Academy of Country Music Artist of the Year, this romantic balladeer also stomps and swings with the best of them. "I didn't choose music as my life, it chose me; in some magical way, music just took over my heart and thoughts," Stone has said.

- Diamond Rio (Sept. 11): This group's varied catalog of hits ranges from "Meet Me in the Middle," a hard-driving song of love and perseverance, to "Mirror, Mirror," a taut psychological thriller with an undercurrent of bluegrass harmonies.

- Suzy Bogguss (Sept. 12): According to one critic," `Aces' is an appropriate title for Suzy Bogguss' recent album. . . . She turns over a winning hand of powerful, personal songs, all performed in crystal-like, warmly assured voice."

- Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers (Sept. 13), whose work as a touring group will end in December.

- B.J. Thomas (Sept. 14): He's known not only as a singer, but as a musical craftsman.

- Kathy Mattea (Sept. 15): Two-time winner of the Country Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year honors.

- Gary Morris (Sept.16): Even though his acting abilities have been showcased everywhere from Broadway's "Les Miserables" to "The Colbys" on television, this singer's heart remains country, with such chart-busters as "Headed for a Heartache" and "Why Lady, Why?"

- Vandermeide (Sept. 17): One of the best hypnotists in the profession, with a reputation for being one of "the greatest audience-pleasers of all time."

- Holly Dunn (Sept. 18): Her outstanding talents as a singer, songwriter and producer have earned her critical acclaim and music industry honors alike.

- Asleep At The Wheel (Sept. 19): The recent release of the album, "Keeping Me up Nights," finds the band exploring musical territory that fits comfortably onto the country airwaves while remaining true to its trademark bedrock swing sound.

- Crystal Gayle (Sept. 20): One of the most distinctive song stylists of our time. She combines the vocal chords of an opera singer with the soul of a blues singer.

- Ivan Lincoln