Fair grandstands saw a healthy summer, with patrons drawn by diversity in acts, packaged tours and steady ticket prices. These trends are likely to carry over into the 2006 season, which booking agents say fairs are getting a jump on early.

“People are already asking for avails for 2006,” said Bonnie Sugarman, Agency for the Performing Arts. Steve Dahl, Monterey Peninsula Artists, is seeing the same thing. “I’m already seeing a movement to start lining up acts fo...


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