CANFIELD — The opening act at the 175th Canfield Fair has backed out, citing "the current surge in COVID cases made worse by delta variant."
Theory — also known as Theory of a Deadman — was scheduled to open for headlining act Shinedown on Monday, Sept. 6. The band announced Thursday it has canceled or moved its September tour dates.
"This is the right thing to do to ensure the safety of our fans and crew members," the band wrote in a post shared on the Canfield Fair Facebook page. "This wasn't an easy choice for us, but we feel it is the right one."
As Theory was not the headlining act, no refunds for the show will be issued. Shinedown is still slated to perform on Sept. 6. Fair operators expect to announce a new opening act soon.
The 175th Canfield Fair is set to begin Friday, Sept. 3.