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'Delayed seat assignments' as 2021 Delaware State Fair announces music acts early

Ryan Cormier
Delaware News Journal

If you think it feels like spring because of these balmy temperatures, just wait until you read this: Delaware State Fair has just announced its acts.

The fair dropped its 2021 lineup about four months earlier than normal. It is led by blues rockers Tedeschi Trucks Band and country singers Sam Hunt and Hank Williams Jr.

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Along with the announcement — its 102nd edition will run July 22 to July 31 — we also learned details about how Grandstand ticketing will work due to COVID-19.

It includes a new phrase forced upon us by our times: "delayed seat assignments."

Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks of Tedeschi Trucks Band performs during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 24, 2015, in New Orleans.

Instead of purchasing tickets for specific seats, music fans will order tickets based on section. And once the fair approaches, fair officials will confer with state health officials to figure out a seating arrangement based on the conditions at the time.

Before getting into the nitty-gritty of the unique ticketing, here's the announced lineup:

July 22: "Body Like a Back Road" singer Sam Hunt ($52-$150) 

July 23: TBD

July 24: Country singer and former "American Idol" contestant Lauren Alaina with Maddie & Tae ($20-$150) 

July 25: Demolition Derby ($10-$12) 

July 26: Christian hip-hop act TobyMac with Love & The Outcome ($20-$150)

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July 27: Jam-happy blues act Tedeschi Trucks Band with St. Paul and the Broken Bones ($47-$150)

July 28: Country singer Riley Green with HARDY & Jon Langston ($25-$150)

July 29: Harness Racing

Sam Hunt performs onstage during Day 3 of "Red Rocks Unpaused" 3-Day Music Festival presented by Visible at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on September 03, 2020 in Morrison, Colorado.

July 30: Retro “I Love the '90s” tour featuring Vanilla Ice, All 4 One, Young MC and The Funky Bunch ($30-$150)

July 31: Country singer Hank Williams Jr. with the Desert City Ramblers ($35-$150) 

The fair also announced a country concert at its Quillen Arena featuring a lineup that had plenty of '90s country hits: "Roots & Boots Tour "featuring Sammy Kershaw, Collin Raye and Aaron Tippin. 

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The June 12 concert costs $25-$60.

Tickets for all shows go on sale Friday, Nov. 20 at noon at delawarestatefair.com or by calling (800) 514-3849.

So how exactly will this ticketing thing all work?

Hank Williams Jr. performs onstage during 2016 CMA Festival - Day 2 at Nissan Stadium on June 10, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

If you purchase online, you will see a seating chart labeling all sections available. Fans can choose which section they want, but will not be able to select specific seats because officials don't know how much spacing will be needed seven months from now.

Sections will include grandstand, stadium and track seating. VIP tickets for the standing-room-only pit will also be available.

Read the concert FAQ at delawarestatefair.com for complete details.

All tickets come with this warning: "Since ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL, NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES will be given or offered. Once purchased, all ticket sales are final. Refunds will only be issued if a show has been cancelled by The Delaware State Fair."

Got a tip? Contact Ryan Cormier of The News Journal at rcormier@delawareonline.com or (302) 324-2863. Follow him on Facebook (@ryancormier), Twitter (@ryancormier) and Instagram (@ryancormier).