You might be surprised.  

When acts start doing the "state fair" circuit instead of playing regular venues, we think that their careers are over and are past their prime. Not so much.

In fact, playing fairs actually is quite lucrative. Check out what these acts got payed to play the NYS Fair this summer.

Grandstand:

  • Luke Bryan - $470,000 (plus 90% of gross box office receipts over $683,400)
  • Toby Keith - $450,000 (plus 75% GBOR after $680,000, local catering and local ground transportation)
  • Reba McEntire - $300,000 (plus 75% GBOR over $505,000)
  • Fall Out Boy - $200,000
  • Jeff Dunham - $175,000 (plus 75% GBOR over $335,000)
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd - $160,000 (plus 75% GBOR over $400,000)
  • Korn - $160,000 (plus 75% GBOR over $365,500)
  • Carly Rae Jepsen - $135,000 (plus 75% GBOR over $375,000)

Chevy Court:

  • O.A.R. - $100,000
  • Austin Mahone - $75,000
  • Grace Potter - $75,000
  • Styx - $75,000
  • Vince Gill - $70,000
  • Happy Together Tour - $60,000
  • Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds - $60,000
  • Owl City - $60,000
  • Florida Georgia Line - $55,000
  • Plain White T's - $55,000
  • Kix Brooks - $40,000
  • Salt-N-Pepa - $40,000
  • Zendaya - $40,000