The Durham Fair was with out a doubt a mandatory family outing growing up in Coastal Connecticut. Between stuffing your face full of fair food goodness, to walking miles upon miles of roughly 10,000 exhibits, you get a feel of what truly is Connecticut. The entertainment on the main stage, along with even more live music lined up throughout the fairgrounds, does not disappoint. Grabbing big headlines like Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo and Brothers Osborne makes it all the worth while to make this a check off your autumn list of things you MUST do.
The Monster Truck Rally and the annual Demo Derby is always a big crowd pleaser. My son now asks for it throughout the year until he gets a chance to see what’s next. But strolling the clean fairgrounds and seeing thousands of animals and exhibits gives you a great perspective of Connecticuts largest agricultural fair!
We took some advise from friends and this year we set course to Durham with kids and no set plans. We did not know what to expect. There was a HUGE antique tractor display that shows the growths of agricultural technology, as well as the lumberjack show that provides a glimpse into the past and how farm life once ruled. We were blown away and stayed up way past the kids bedtime.
Our friends raced a car competing in the figure 8 Demolition Derby. Imagine a striped down car painted pink with a large stuffed dinasour attached to the roof, and FU CANCER spray painted on the bumper. We were glad to support and cheer as these cars tactfully whipped around the track. It was smashing!
Yet after years of seeing the Durham Fair and experiencing it, the greatest time I have found is seeing it through the eyes of my children and even others. I love watching their excitement pop while visiting the 2nd largest gourd in the world, a whopping 1701 lbs, riding the Ferris wheel for the very first time. Strolling by the live concerts with anticipation, and perusing the array of gorgeous animals in show define all the thrills and emotion that truly make the Durham Fair so special to Connecticut.
Quintessential Autumn in New England does not go without a fair or two! The excitement of a fair is one most can relate to through fond memories during childhood. The Durham Fair can arguably be one of the biggest agricultural fairs in the North East with over 200,000 attendees and some good time of old fashion fun. An applause to all the behind the scenes workers as well all who make this happen. Thank you for giving us an new experience we will cherish forever.