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Midland cancels Big Fresno Fair concert after crew member tests positive for COVID-19

Fresno Bee logo Fresno Bee 10/13/2021 Joshua Tehee, The Fresno Bee

Oct. 13—Texas county band Midland has canceled Wednesday night's performance at The Big Fresno Fair after a member of its touring crew tested positive for COVID-19.

The band notified fair management of the cancellation Tuesday night.

Concert tickets will be automatically refunded within five business day to those who bought online or by phone. Tickets bought with cash at the fair's box office can be refunded at the box office the week of Oct. 18.

In a statement, the band said that even though it is running a fully vaccinated tour, "we are following a strict testing protocol and won't be cleared to be back on the road in time for this performance."

A Fresno show will be rescheduled.

Midland was the fair's top-selling concert so far and expected to sell out the Paul Paul Theater.

"We are incredibly disappointed to have Midland cancel their show at our Fair tonight," fair Deputy Manager II Lauri King said in a statement. "We know many from our community were looking forward to seeing them perform live for the first time ever in Fresno."

$2 fair entrance, plenty of other music

Of course, Midland wasn't the only music slated for the fair Wednesday. More than a half-dozen bands and musicians will be playing around the fairgrounds throughout the evening, including the tribute bands Heavy Weather and Midnight Run. A full schedule can be seen online.

The fair also announced a special one-day only Happy Hour Pricing for Wednesday.

From 4-6 p.m. fair admission will be $2 with no coupon needed.

"We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience to our fairgoers and hope you all will still join us for a great night at the 2021 Big Fresno Fair," King said.

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