We may be in the midst of winter, but we're looking ahead to this summer and the New York State Fair as the first act has been announced. Eric Church will rock the grandstand stage Thursday August 27th.

Tickets go on sale at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, January 24 at etix.com or at the State Fair Box Office. Ticket prices are $77, $67, and $57. Church's show includes an extension off the main Grandstand stage, called a thrust. Approximately 400 tickets for the pit areas created by the thrust, priced at $99, will be sold by Church exclusively through his fan club Tuesday, January 20.

'If you've ever seen Eric Church perform live, you know he's going to rock the Grandstand. He's going to give a great and satisfying show, and I know it's the perfect way to kick off the 2015 Great New York State Fair,' said Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner.

An opening act for Church has not been announced yet.