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Sam Hunt performs July 22 at the Delaware State Fair.

New-country star Sam Hunt and longtime favorite Hank Williams Jr. bracket the entertainment lineup for the Delaware State Fair lineup in 2021, with Hunt on the opening night (Thursday, July 22) and Williams on the closing night (Saturday, July 31)

Tickets go on sale at noon Friday. A YouTube video samples all the acts.

Williams, the Roots & Boots tour and TobyMack were originally scheduled to be at the 2020 fair, which like basically everything was rethought because of the pandemic.

Danny Aguilar, assistant general manager and director of marketing, said it was the earliest that he’s experienced in his 14 years with the fair to announce the full lineup.

 

Most acts just rolled over the 2020 schedules, and management teams already knew what region their acts would be performing in,” he said on Monday about the process.

This year’s fair was a trailblazer nationwide in adjusting its entertainment and guidelines for fairgoers during the pandemic, and of course it’s way too early consider what protocols will be used when the fair returns to Harrington July 22-31.

The Roots & Boots tour is at the fairgrounds, but before the fair. The performance on Saturday, June 12, unites three of the voices that defined ’90s country music: Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Collin Raye. Tickets are $25-$60 (plus service fee).

Hunt, a soulful singer from rural Georgia, opens the entertainment on the M&T Bank Grandstand on July 22. Tickets are $52-99 (plus service fee), with a VIP experience $150.

 

Lauren Alaina and Maddie & Tae perform July 24. Alaina is known as the “sassy Southerner with killer pipes.” Madison Marlow and Taylor Dye are best known for their debut single “Girl in a Country Song.” Tickets are $20-$60 (plus service fee) with a VIP experience $150.

The demolition derby is July 25. Tickets are $10-$12 (plus ticket fee).

The Grammy-winning TobyMac performs July 26. Tickets are $20-$60 (plus service fee), with a VIP experience $150.

The 12-member Tedeschi Trucks Band performs July 27 with St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Tickets are $47-$87 (plus service fee), with a VIP experience $150.

 

Riley Green – known for “There Was This Girl,” the debut No. 1 single that he wrote – performs July 28 with Hardy and Jon Langston. Tickets are $25-$65 (plus service fee), with a VIP experience $150.

Harness racing is free on July 29.

The I Love the ’90s Tour on July 30 involves a revolving lineup, with the fair promoting Vanilla Ice, All 4 One, Young MC and The Funky Bunch. Tickets are $30-$70 (plus service fee), with a VIP experience $150.

Williams, who has been recording since 1964, performs July 31 with the Desert City Ramblers. Tickets are $35-$75 (plus ticket fee), with a VIP experience $150.

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