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CHEYENNE (AP) - George Strait has signed to perform during next year's Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Contract Acts Committee Chairman John Tabor said that when ticket buyers are asked who they would like to see, Strait is "number one by far."

The process of getting Strait back to Cheyenne for the first time since 1996 took over a year.

Strait has had 50 No. 1 hits including "Amarillo by Morning," "Love Without End, Amen," "I Cross My Heart," "Check Yes or No," "I Can Still Make Cheyenne" and "Write This Down."

Other career highlights include a seven-time platinum box set and a starring role in the 1992 film "Pure Country."

The July 23 show will be Strait's seventh appearance as a performer at Cheyenne Frontier Days. Tabor said Strait is also a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and hosts his own annual team roping event. He said Strait can sometimes be seen at Frontier Days just as a rodeo fan.

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Due to expected high demand, plans are being made to expand seating capacity and improve the audio and visual effects for next year's night shows.

Tabor said the stage will be pushed back from the grandstand and bids will be put out for new sound equipment and video screens.

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