Decades of musical legends on the State Fair's grandstand stage

From Ricky Nelson to Christina Aguilera, take a trip back in time with these photos of headline acts from the Star Tribune archives. 


1976: Marie and Donny Osmond delight the crowd.
1982: A sun-drenched Willie Nelson at his State Fair concert.
1957: Heartthrob Ricky Nelson thrilled a young audience.
1981: Emmylou Harris played a couple of shows this year.
1969: Country star Buck Owens performed at the Fair.
2000: Pop sensation Christina Aguilera performed at the fair the year she won the best new artist Grammy.
2017: Former Fleetwood Mac member Stevie Nicks played the State Fair.
2007: B.B. King performed as the headliner along with Etta James and Al Green.
2010: Kiss (including Paul Stanley) headlined the grandstand.
2015: R&B superstar Patti LaBelle performed.
2001: Fans from Apple Valley were in the front row for a concert by Aaron Carter. Left to right, Kaitlyn Sewell, 10, Haley Weber, 10, Ashley Tavernier, 11, and Samantha Zieminski, 11.
1994: Roger Daltrey, lead singer of the Who, performed some of the group's songs.
1976: Johnny Cash at the State Fair.