In recent years, the Alabama National Fair has become as known for its big-name, diverse weekend concerts in Garrett Coliseum as it has for its thrill rides, down-home competitions and novelty acts.

The 2014 lineup does not disappoint, roping in some surefire draws — classic rock, classic funk and country, with shows starting at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday as well as Oct. 11 and Oct. 12.

Styx, featuring Montgomery's own native son Tommy Shaw, kicks off the series Saturday. On Sunday, '70s and '80s funk hitmakers Kool & the Gang take the stage. On Oct. 11, country artist Easton Corbin comes to town, followed by fellow country artist Joe Nichols on Oct. 12.

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