Ohio State Fair welcomes diverse entertainment lineup – Spectrum News 1

by | Aug 3, 2022 | Entertainment

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Alicia Shoults, Ohio State Fair assistant general manager, is familiar with booking a variety of entertainment each year. “It takes months and months of work to find the appropriate balance of acts,” she said.
She said it’s a lot of work to accommodate most artists’ needs, but having a 10,000-seat indoor arena like the Celeste Center is key. 

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The Ohio State Fair continues through Aug. 7
Alicia Shoults is one of the people behind the scenes who is responsible for booking music and entertainment acts
A 23-year partnership between Ohio and Kentucky-based contractor Triangle Talent also makes sure concerts, like legendary rockers Foreigner, go off without a hitch

“(It) allows us to be attractive to a lot of different types of artists, but artists don’t just often hop on a plane and go across the country. So you have to work to find a way to book artists that works within their schedule as well as our schedule,” said Shoults. 
A 23-year partnership between Ohio and Kentucky-based contractor Triangle Talent also makes sure concerts, like legendary rockers Foreigner, go off without a hitch.

Shoults said the fact concert tickets include fair admission is a plus for both schedulers and patrons.
What you might think of as a tug of war with other central Ohio venues to book artists in the summer, really isn’t the case. 
“There is a balance between the different types of venues that are available in central Ohio, where some acts may prefer a small, intimate, 200- to 500-seat venue or larger stadium venues, where we have a s …

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