State Fair Announces 2017 Concert Lineup


Staff Report

The Delaware State Fair announces its highly anticipated Summer Concert Series Lineup for 2017. It includes 15 of the hottest music artists around, 2 wheeled events, a comedian, a rodeo and the traditional Harness Racing at the Fair.

Returning in 2017 for its second year will be The Delaware State Fair Kick-off Concert. Throwback country music singer Jon Pardi with Chris Lane will make their way to the M&T Bank Grandstand on Wednesday, July 19. Jon Pardi, known for his working-man spirit and traditional style of country music will kick-off to the 10-Day Fair in Harrington.

Delaware State Fair’s General Manager Bill DiMondi explained, “We are excited to offer another kick-off concert this year. This concert-only evening at the Fairgrounds was very well-received in 2016 and we hope fans will return to enjoy Jon Pardi’s kick-off concert performance here in Harrington as they prepare for Thursday’s start of the 98th Delaware State Fair.”

The 2017 Summer Concert Series continues with the return of the Painted Pony PRCA Rodeo to the M&T Bank Grandstand on Thursday, July 20. The Painted Pony PRCA Rodeo will bring the best Cowboys and Cowgirls around for some roping, riding and racing.
The first Friday of the Fair will showcase the Monster Truck Meltdown presented by Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association on Friday, July 21. The show will include nationally recognized monster trucks, a ride truck and a tough truck challenge. Along with the event there will be a Pit Party where fans can come meet the drivers, take a picture with the trucks and more.

The Craft Beer Festival has moved to the first Saturday of the Fair, July 22. The evening will include entertainment, a relaxed atmosphere and some delectable brews at our Craft Beer Festival featuring Rock of the 70s welcomed by Cool 101.3 and 97.1 The Wave. Bands will include Foghat, Atlanta Rhythm Section (ARS), Pure Prairie League, Pat Travers Band and Rare Earth. This lineup gathers Grammy-Award winning artists with over 20 top ten hits for one night only at the M&T Bank Grandstand. The Craft Beer Tasting will feature over 50 varieties of beer for Craft Beer. Ticket holders must be 21 years or older. After last call, the event will end with a fireworks display.

On Sunday, July 23 Froggy 99.9 and 94.7 WDSD will welcome Darius Rucker. Known for his southern style and hits like Wagon Wheel, Homegrown Honey and Alright, Rucker is sure to bring a night of remarkable performances and some of the best country music for all to remember.

Monday, July 24 will bring laughter and fun to the Fair as one of America’s most successful stand-up comedians, Gabriel Iglesias, also known as “FLUFFY,” celebrates 20 years of comedy. Performing to sold-out concerts around the world, and being one of the few comedians to headline and sellout Madison Square Garden in New York, Gabriel Iglesias has made his mark on the comedy business over the last 20 years.

With 22.5 million albums sold, 28 million digital downloads, 16 number one singles, the multi-platinum and global superstar trio Rascal Flatts headlines the M&T Bank Grandstand, Tuesday, July 25. Concert goers will get to hear all the hits including These Days, Bless the Broken Road, What Hurts the Most, My Wish and their newest release Yours If You Want It.

Christian chart-topping artist Crowder takes to the M&T Bank Grandstand Stage with Big Daddy Weave, Wednesday, July 26 presented by 88.7 the Bridge. Harrington Raceway & Casino will present Harness Racing on Thursday, July 27 on Governor’s Day at the Fair. On Friday, July 28 the M&T Bank Grandstand is the place to see all 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.”

Brantley Gilbert returns with Luke Combs to the M&T Bank Grandstand on Saturday, July 29. The two will bring their strong southern roots to Harrington for an evening of unforgettable country music and a little southern rock on the last night of the 2017 Delaware State Fair. With knockout songs like Bottoms Up, One Hell of An Amen and the 2017 release of The Weekend, Gilbert will once again make his mark on the 2017 Delaware State Fair. A Fireworks display presented by M&T Bank will begin after the show.

“I believe our concert fans are going to love the lineup we have put together this year. We are looking forward to producing an unforgettable 2017 Summer Concert Series at the M&T Bank Grandstand,” Assistant General Manager Danny Aguilar said. Advance tickets for admission and concerts will go on sale Friday, February 24 at 10am and can be purchased online at, or by calling eTix at 1-800-514-3849.