Organizers of the Delaware State Fair announced the concert lineup planned for its 2021 edition, bringing a wide spectrum of artists to the multi-day event. The event, which was shut down due to COVID restrictions in 2020, is scheduled to open its entertainment events on July 22 and run through July 31.
Country artists dominate the slate, which has headlining acts on all but two of the dates at this time. Sam Hunt kicks performances off, with Hank Williams, Jr. scheduled to close the fair over a week later. In between, Lauren Alaina and Riley Green also add a country flavor to the fair. Christian rap artist TobyMac and rock outfit Tedeschi Trucks Band also lead the bill, which also features a demolition derby and harness racing nights for fans.
Ticket purchasing with the uncertainty of COVID and what restrictions may or may not remain in place at the time of the fair has event operators outlining a fairly detailed contingency plan on their ticketing page. Operating on a system it describes as “delayed seating assignments,” the fair will be selling tickets by area rather than specific location. Consumers will reserve up to eight seats in their chosen section, which will be assigned in early July, 2021 when organizers have a full understanding of what crowd restrictions and distancing regulations will be in place for the fair. At that point, consumers will be contacted with a link to their actual seat locations and tickets for the performances.
Consumers who don’t like their seat locations for the events appear to have no recourse to seek a refund or cancellation of their purchase at that time, however. “Remember, your ticket purchase became final at the time of purchase,” the ticketing page reads. “Your dissatisfaction regarding the specific assignment of section, row and seat numbers is not an acceptable basis for a refund or exchange.” This shouldn’t matter for certain Grandstand sections or PIT sections that are general admission, but could prove a nuisance for fans in many other sections with assigned seats, as luck of the draw will seemingly play a large role in whether you receive front row access or wind up seated in the middle of a back row behind unfortunately tall individuals.
Sam Hunt is slated to open the shows, taking the stage July 22. The Georgia native has been a Nashville fixture since relocating to the Music City to pursue a career as a singer-songwriter following his days playing quarterback at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. His show has ticket prices ranging from $52 in the grandstand to $99 in the PIT, not including service fees. After an open/TBD slot on July 23, Lauren Alaina and Maddie & Tae take the stage on Saturday July 24, with tickets ranging from $20-60. Sunday is headlined by the demolition derby, followed by TobyMac on Monday the 26th with tickets covering the same price range as Alaina’s show. Tedeschi Trucks Band takes the stage on July 27, prices from $47-87. Riley Green then headlines Wednesday July 28, with tickets running $25-65, followed by another open date on Thursday July 29.
Friday features a multi-act bill I Love the 90s, which includes Vanilla Ice, All 4 One, Young MC, and The Funky Bunch. Tickets for that performance range from $30-70. Lastly, Hank Williams, Jr. closes the fair with guests The Desert City Ramblers on Saturday, July 31. Tickets for that show begin at $35 and top at $75 plus fees.
Tickets for the Delaware State Fair go on sale November 20.