MIDDLETOWN >> Welcome to Durham Fair week in Middlesex County!
The 98th Annual Durham Fair will be held on the famous Durham Fairgrounds beginning this Thursday. As I have noted many times, we are very lucky to have this large-scale, all-volunteer-run agricultural event right here in Middlesex County. The Durham Fair, which remains the largest fair in the state of Connecticut, continues to provide four terrific days of good, clean wholesome fun.
It kicks off Thursday with an antique farm equipment demo, two lumberjack shows, Demolition Derby, and outstanding entertainment from a number of country musicians. Friday, Saturday and Sunday feature full days of events and activities, including entertainment headliners like Brothers Osborne, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, the first ever USO Show Troupe Show, monster truck rallies, livestock barns featuring prize-winning animals, the educational discovery tent, arts and crafts, rides and games on the midway, the Connecticut Wine Festival, and a number of outstanding shopping and culinary options.
The Durham Fair, which began in 1916, is one of the largest fairs in North America managed entirely by unpaid volunteers. It attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to our region every September and we are so proud that it calls Middlesex County home. The fair recently received the 2017 Connecticut Governor’s Tourism Volunteer of the Year Award for being a 100-percent volunteer-led event which invests many of its profits back into the community. It was also once again named Best Country Fair by Connecticut Magazine, something we have all known for many years.
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