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Delaware State Fair announces headline entertainment for 2022

Charles MegginsonCulture, Headlines


The Delaware State Fair says Sam Hunt, Nelly, Toby Mac and ZZ Top will headline the 2022 event. Photo by Scott Evers


The 2022 Delaware State Fair’s concert lineup will feature such big names as Sam Hunt, Nelly, Toby Mac and ZZ Top. 

And don’t worry — the beloved annual demolition derby will be back, too. 

The State Fair announced the headline acts for the 2022 Delaware Lottery Summer Concert series at the M&T Bank Grandstand on a Facebook post Tuesday morning. 

The 103rd Delaware State Fair will be held from July 21 to 30. 

Delawareans will finally have their chance to witness the performances of Christian hip-hop star Toby Mac and country music songster Sam Hunt. Both were booked to perform at the 2021 fair but had to cancel due to the pandemic. 

Rapper Nelly’s appearance will mark his second visit to Delaware in less than a year after his performance at Firefly Music Festival in September. 

The star-studded lineup is refreshing news for devoted fairgoers. In 2020, all concerts were canceled due to the pandemic. Acts would have included country musicians Dierks Bentley, Hank Williams Jr. and comedian Jim Gaffigan.

This past summer, the concert lineup originally featured TobyMac, Sam Hunt, Hank Williams Jr. and Vanilla Ice, but they all pulled out because of uncertainty surrounding the fate of Delaware’s COVID-19 large gathering restrictions. 

Barring any new global pandemics, Delawareans can expect to see the following acts and others yet to be announced: 

  • Sam Hunt w/ Roman Alexander on Thursday, July 21
  • Nelly on Saturday, July 23
  • Demolition Derby on Sunday, July 24
  • TobyMac w/ Cade Thompson on Tuesday, July 26
  • ZZ Top on Wednesday, July 27
  • Harness Racing on Thursday, July 28

Tickets range from $20 to $99 and can be purchased beginning Nov. 18 at this link.

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