McEntire, Knight, Brothers Osborne to play Delaware State Fair

Legendary soul singer Gladys Knight will perform at the Delaware State Fair July 27. (TNS photo)

HARRINGTON — Two legendary ladies of song and a rising country duo will fill out the lineup of concert performers for this year’s 100th edition of the Delaware State Fair.

Officials announced during Saturday’s Beer on Ice event at the Centre Ice Rink that singer and actress Reba McEntire will perform July 20, soul icon Gladys Knight will play July 27 and Brothers Osborne will hit the M&T Grandstand stage July 19.

It was also announced Saturday that the ever-popular demolition derby will be held July 21.

Tickets for these events will go on sale Saturday, March 9 at 10 a.m.

Reba McEntire plays the Delaware State Fair for the fourth time this summer and the fairgrounds for the fifth time. (TNS photo)

For Ms McEntire, it will be her fifth time playing the fairgrounds. She played the state fair in 1988 and then both 1999 and 2000 and also performed on the grandstand stage in August of 2010 outside of the fair lineup.

One of the best-selling artists of all time, Ms. McEntire has released 29 studio albums, acquired 42 number one singles, 16 number one albums, and 28 albums have been certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum.

Her latest album “Stronger than Truth” will be released April 5.

In the early 1990s, she branched into film, starting with 1990’s “Tremors”. She has since starred in the Broadway revival of “Annie Get Your Gun” in 2001 and in her own television sitcom, “Reba” for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe.

She was also among four to be lauded at last year’s Kennedy Center Honors ceremony.

Tickets are $57-99 for the 7:30 p.m. show.

Ms. Knight, known as the “Empress of Soul,” has experienced a career resurgence of late, having sung the national anthem at this year’s Super Bowl and finished third as The Bee in this year’s Fox musical hit show “The Masked Singer.”

The “Midnight Train to Georgia” performer is a seven-time Grammy Award winner and is known for the hits she recorded during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s with her group Gladys Knight & the Pips.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is listed as one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

Besides “Midnight Train to Georgia,” her other No. 1 song came in 1985 with “That’s What Friends are For,” where she was joined by Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Dionne Warwick.

Tickets are $32-90 for the 8 p.m. show.

Brothers Osborne is a country music duo consisting of brothers T.J. and John Osborne, natives of Deale, Maryland.

Their 2016 album “Pawn Shop” reached No. 3 on the Billboard Country charts while “Port Saint Joe” hit No. 2 in 2018. They are known for songs such as “Stay a Little Longer” and “It Ain’t My Fault.”

The duo played the Bottle & Cork in Dewey Beach in May of last year.

Tickets range from $30 to 75 for the 7:30 p.m. performance.

Tickets for the demolition derby are $17-$19 and it will start at 4 p.m.

Previously announced acts include Sugarland appearing July 18 at 7:30 p.m., Dan + Shay performing July 22 at 7:30 p.m., Bethel Worship on July 23 at 7:30 p.m., Darci Lynne appearing on July 24 at 8 p.m. and Brantley Gilbert July 26 at 8 p.m.

For $150, the Delaware State Fair VIP package will be available for all shows.

A VIP concert experience package is highlighted with VIP parking, gate admission, $10 food or drink voucher for use at the roost or loft, early entry into the venue, a pit or premium track seat and access to the Loft VIP Area with air-conditioned restrooms, cash bar, free water and soda.

All tickets can be purchased by visiting DelawareStateFair.com by calling eTix at 1-800-514-3849.

The Delaware State Fair will run July 18-27.

Reach features editor Craig Horleman at chorl@newszap.com

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