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Harrington, DE – The Delaware State Fair announces it’s highly anticipated Summer Concert Series Lineup for 2016. It includes 16 of the hottest music artists around, 2 wheeled events, a comedian, a rodeo and the traditional Harness Racing at the Fair. Previously announced acts included world renowned comedian, Jeff Dunham appearing Saturday, July 23rd at 8:00 PM and country music legacy, Alabama who will be performing Monday, July 25that 7:30 PM.

NEW in 2016, The Delaware State Fair will present a Kick-off Concert! Country music sensation Jake Owen along with Granger Smith will make their way to the M&T Bank Grandstand on Wednesday, July 20th at 7:30 PM. Jake Owen, known for his thrilling performances and laid-back style of country music will be the perfect kick-off to the 10-Day Fair in Harrington. This Kick-off Concert will mean that Gate Admission will not be required, but also no Fair basics will be in place including; carnival rides, livestock animals, circus performances, food vendors, etc. Tickets are $31-71. Delaware State Fair General Manager Bill DiMondi explained, “We are excited to offer our enthusiastic patrons another night of country music at this concert-only evening at the Fairgrounds. We hope fans can come enjoy Jake Owen’s extra concert performance here in Harrington as they prepare for Thursday’s start of the 97th Delaware State Fair.”

The 2016 Summer Concert Series continues with the return of the Monster Trucks with “Monster Truck Meltdown” presented by Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association on Thursday, July 21st at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $18-20. The show will include a pit party, monster trucks, ride truck and a tough truck challenge. The Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association invites ticket holders to visit one of the 60+ Fire & EMS Companies after May 1st for a special access ticket. This special access ticket, along with their event ticket will give them access to the Pit Party where fans can come meet the drivers, take a picture with the trucks and more! Details can be found online

Also on Thursday, July 21st The Quillen Arena Painted Pony PRCA Rodeo will bring the best Cowboys and Cowgirls around for some roping, riding and racing! Show starts at 7:00 PM in the Quillen Arena. Tickets are $16, Youth 12 and under are FREE. Come enjoy the fast-paced agility and athleticism on display as these men and women compete at the 2016 Quillen Arena Rodeo!

On Friday, July 22nd the M&T Bank Grandstand is the place to see all your car smashing fun at the Demolition Derby presented by Manlove Auto Parts. Last year’s event brought a packed grandstand of hootin’ hollerin’ clappin’ fans! This year we welcome fans and their families and friends to return for all the excitement and more! The event will begin at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $16-18. For tickets or more information on how to participate in this year’s derby visit the Delaware State Fair website.

With great anticipation The Delaware State Fair is excited to announce on Sunday, July 24th Little Big Town with Kristian Bush presented by Delaware Lottery. The Grammy winning group will perform their country hits like “Girl Crush” and “Day Drinking.” Multi-award winning Kristian Bush, of Sugarland, who debuted his solo album Southern Gravity in 2015, will join the group in making an evening of exhilarating performances and some of the best country music for all to remember. Gates will open at 6:30 PM, the Show will start at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $39-79.

The brothers out of Australia are back! For King and Country headlines this year with Sidewalk Prophets and Jordan Feliz on Tuesday, July 26th welcomed by 88.7FM the Bridge. These Christian chart-topping bands will come together for an evening of “Something Different” that will inspire “Beloved” fans to “Run Wild, Live Free and Love Strong.” Tickets are $20-45. The show will start at 7:30 PM.

Pop artists X Ambassadors, Rachel Platten, and A Great Big World join the lineup with one of the biggest nights of music and fun, Wednesday, July 27th at 7:00 PM. With knockout songs like “Fight Song,” “Renegades” and “Say Something” the pop-trio are sure to bring performances that will make their mark on the 2016 Delaware State Fair. Tickets are $39-79 and can be purchased online at

Harrington Raceway & Casino presents Harness Racing on Thursday, July 28that 7:00 PM. Come watch harness racing at no charge and celebrate Governor’s Day at the Fair.

George Thorogood and The Destroyers perform Friday, July 29th at 7:30 PM with Fabulous Thunderbirds; tickets are $34-74. George Thorogood and The Destroyers return back to Delaware and are certain to be “badder” than ever at The 2016 Delaware State Fair.

Get ready to close the 2016 Fair with an evening of enjoyable entertainment, a relaxed atmosphere and some delectable brews at our Craft Beer Festival featuring Blues Traveler with Lower Case Blues, Saturday, July 30th. Music Only Tickets are $25. Craft Beer Tickets are $35. Craft Beer Ticket holders will receive a souvenir cup and 5 beer tasting tickets. Craft Beer Ticket holders must be 21 years or older. Gates will open at 5:00 PM.

“I believe we have put together a versatile lineup for our concert fans. We are looking forward to producing an unforgettable 2016 Summer Concert Series at the M&T Bank Grandstand and Quillen Arena!” Assistant General Manager Danny Aguilar said. Advance tickets for admission and for the concerts will go on sale Friday, March 11th at 10:00 AM and can be purchased online, or by calling eTix at 1-800-514-3849.

The Delaware State Fair M&T Bank Grandstand is located at 18500 S. DuPont Highway, Harrington, DE 19952. The 2016 Delaware State Fair will be held July 21 – 30, 2016. Come join us for “A Slice of Summer Fun.”

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Contact: Danny Aguilar - Delaware State Fair 302.398.5903

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