Fall Food And Fun At The Durham Fair

Emily Archacki
September 27, 2018 - 12:17 pm

FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTIC) The 99th Annual Durham Fair kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 27. It runs for a total of four days through Sunday, Sept. 30 and is being held at the fairgrounds located on Routes 17 and 68.

The fair, which dates back to 1916, is the largest volunteer fair in New England.

“Upwards of 1,700 (volunteers) show up every year,” said Dan Miramant, Durham Fair President. “That’s one of the best attributes about this town (Durham), the fact that these folks chip in and help us out.”

“When we say all volunteer, there is not one paid administrator or staff at this fair,” said Laura Francis, First Selectman of Durham.

The 55 acres of fair property will be filled with food vendors, exhibits, and live entertainment.

Melissa Etheridge headlines a concert on Friday evening, and “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery headlines on Saturday. Both concerts begin at 7 p.m.

Other event highlights include a craft beer and cider tasting and various agricultural exhibits. Sunday is Military Appreciation Day and there will also be a USO show.

In addition to the volunteers helping make the fair a success, the fair relies on their reputation and word-of-mouth.

“We have a pretty proactive website,” said Miramant. “We also engage with a great production company, one of the best in the country, called Variety Attractions. They really help us promote these acts.”

Due to the six to eight inches of heavy rain that fell in the area earlier in the week, there will be some parking modifications.

A complete listing of updated parking information and daily events can be found at www.durhamfair.com.