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Christian artist Zach Williams avoids state fair after catching COVID-19


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Christian recording artist Zach Williams was poised to put a cap on the final night of the Delaware State Fair on Saturday. But he's abruptly canceled the show after contracting COVID-19.

The Delaware State Fair said in a Facebook post late Friday morning that the fair had just received notice from Zach Williams’ management team that the performer recently contracted the virus and must quarantine for 10 days.

Saturday’s Fireworks Show, presented by M&T Bank, will now be displayed after the “Evening with 38 Special” show. Fireworks will start at about 9:30 p.m. Seats are still available.

“Hey y’all - Unfortunately I will have to cancel the shows on my calendar through August 8th. I found out today I have contracted COVID-19 and I will need to quarantine for the next 10 days,” Williams posted on Facebook at 1 p.m. Friday.

“Though my band and I have taken as many precautions as possible while touring this year, it finally caught up with me. Please keep me and my family in your prayers.”

The seven-day average of new Delaware COVID-19 cases has increased from 12 to 113 in the past month, from June 29 to July 29. 

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Williams received his first Grammy Award for his debut album, 2017’s “Chain Breaker.” He’s garnered two more Grammy nods and a number of other accolades. This year he dropped the deluxe edition for his project “Rescue Story.”

Refund process

If you paid by credit or debit card, according to an email from the Delaware State Fair, you will receive a refund of the face value of the tickets and the convenience fees charged on all tickets purchased directly from the state fair, in the form of a credit to the credit or debit card used to purchase the tickets.

Your refund will be processed automatically and posted to the credit or debit card used for the purchase, within the next five business days.

Depending on the timing of your billing cycle, the refund will appear on your next credit card statement, the fair said. There’s no need for you to return your tickets or do anything further to obtain your refund.

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For those who purchased their tickets at the box office and paid by cash or check, the fair will be preparing and mailing a refund check within the next seven to 10 business days.

If you purchased tickets from any source other than directly from the fair (i.e. Stub Hub, Razor Gator, Galaxy, eBay, Craigslist, etc.), you must contact the ticket-selling platform directly to receive your refund.

Last day of the State Fair

The Delaware State Fair (18500 S. Dupont Highway, Harrington) ends Saturday and and will be open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are adults (ages 13 or older) $9 and $9.50 (online); youth (6 to 12 years of old) $4 and $4.50 online; free for children (5 and under).

For more information, visit delawarestatefair.com or call (302) 398-3269.

Andre Lamar is the features/lifestyle reporter. If you have an interesting story idea, email Andre Lamar at alamar@gannett.com