Katy Perry no longer scheduled to perform

    Fans of Kelly Clarkson and comedian/ventriloquist Jeff Dunham will have to act fast if they want to see the stars at this year’s Delaware State Fair. Dunham is playing the Great Allentown Fair in Pennsylvania Sept. 6 and has already sold out the 7,000-seat venue.

    Tickets for Dunham’s 8 p.m. Saturday, July 25, show, and Clarkson’s 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, concert will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 7. Tickets to the Clarkson concert are $40 to $45. The same prices apply to Dunham’s “Spark of Insanity” show.

    This will be the first wave of ticket sales, with others going on sale throughout the month.

     Katy Perry, who topped the charts with "I Kissed a Girl," was scheduled to perform at the fair Thursday, July 30, but that show has been cancelled. As of Friday, Feb. 27, no comment was given as to why Perry would not be appearing.

    Dunham has drummed up a lot of interest already, according to Danny Aguilar, assistant general manager and director of marketing for the fair. Since Dunham’s appearance was announced a week ago, Aguilar has fielded hundreds of emails from fans and calls from people driving down from Allentown after getting shut out of that show.

    For those unfamiliar with Dunham’s comedy, Aguilar said people should just Google him or search him on YouTube and it’s easy to see why he has such devoted fans. The ventriloquist, who is no stranger to Comedy Central, is best known for his characters of a talking jalapeño, a crusty old curmudgeon and a dead terrorist.

    Audiences who do score tickets will get good seats regardless of where they are, according to Aguilar.

    “Even though we hold 8,000 seats, you’re there instead of a large arena, and you can see the performers,” he said. “It lends itself to a different type of show.”

    Many of the acts at this year’s fair, from July 23 through Aug. 1, will likely draw younger audiences, although there are entertainers for all tastes.

    “This year we have created the most diverse grandstand lineup that we have ever seen at the Delaware State Fair,” Aguilar said in a press release. “We are offering a little bit for everyone from country music to pop, from rock to comedy, we have it all this year.”

    Aguilar said organizers have never really gone for the ’tween set before, but will this year with Demi Lovato at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 28.

    “She’s definitely rated one of the top four Disney performers,” Aguilar said.

    Considering that puts her in the company of the Jonas Brothers, Hannah Montana and Selena Gomez, that’s not bad, he said.

    Tickets for Lovato go on sale Saturday, March 28. Tickets are $28 o $32.

    Fair organizers would never forget their die-hard fans, though, so there still will be two nights of demolition derby. The first will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 23, with the finals Friday, July 31.

    Tickets for both derbies go on sale March 28 and are $10 to $12.

    Brad Paisley will be making at stop in Harrington on his American Saturday Night Tour with Dierks Bentley and Jimmy Wayne at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 26. Tickets are between $50 and $55, and go on sale Saturday, March 21.

    David Cook will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, July 27, with the Gin Blossoms. Tickets will be $30 and $35, and go on sale Saturday, March 21.

    Darius Rucker, Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough will perform on Armed Forces Day at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 29. Ticket prices range from $28 to $32 and go on sale Saturday, March 14.
    For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.delawarestatefair.com.

Delaware State Fair’s Wilmington Trust Grandstand lineup
Demolition Derby
7 p.m. Thursday, July 23
$10 to $12, on sale Saturday, March 28

Jeff Dunham’s “Spark of Insanity”
8 p.m. Saturday, July 25
$40 to $45, on sale Saturday, March 7

Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Jimmy Wayne
7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 26
$50 and $55, on sale Saturday, March 21

David Cook with the Gin Blossoms
7 p.m. Monday, July 27
$30 and $35, on sale Saturday, March 21

Demi Lovato
7 p.m. Tuesday, July 28
$28 to $32, on sale Saturday, March 28

Darius Rucker with Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough
7 p.m. Wednesday, July 29
$28 to $32, on sale Saturday, March 14

Katy Perry — cancelled
7 p.m. Thursday, July 30
$28 to $33, on sale Saturday, March 14

Kelly Clarkson
7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1
$40 and $45, on sale Saturday, March 7

Demolition Derby finals
7 p.m. Friday, July 31
$10 to $12, on sale Saturday, March 28