A record setting 1769-pound pumpkin, laser lights shows, over 1000 animals and rows and rows of fair food. This is what the 100th Anniversary of the Durham Fair has to offer this weekend in Connecticut.
Once a one-day event that had an admission fee of just .25 cents, this fair, built on the toil and sweat of agricultural prowess, harvest time celebrations, volunteerism and community connectivity has a century of stories, memories and traditions to celebrate.
Although the all-volunteer event began its lineage in 1916 on the town green, it did not take place during 1938 due to the hurricane and during the years of 1942, 43 and 44 because of World War II making 2019 its 100th birthday celebration year. With even more to do, see and eat than ever before, the homespun fair, with its midway rides and carnival games, horse, oxen and tractor pulls, Thursday night demolition derby, goat, llama, rabbit rooster and cow breed classes, arts and crafts booths, live music, (including local star Braiden Sunshine), Monster Truck Rally, Great Lakes Timber Show each day, talent competitions, giant donuts, renaissance style turkey legs, candy apples, shoe string onion rings, fried to perfection and fresh corn on the cob dipped in hot butter, there’s no better way to spend a weekend full of fun and excitement, with the family, than at the largest agriculture fair in the state.
Fingers crossed for good weather, fair organizers are looking forward to opening the gates at 4 p.m. on Thursday and not shutting them again until 7 p.m. Sunday evening, when the animals are sent home, trailers are packed up, garbage is collected and the hillside and roadways of the Durham Fair Grounds goes back to being simply a beautiful wide open space, to walk dogs, fly kites and take in the fall colors.
For more information go to the www.durhamfair.com
Tickets are $9 for Thursday and $15 for Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Kids 11 and under are free.