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Everything You Need To Know About The Durham Fair Sept. 27 To 30!

Ticket prices, scheduled features, all about the roller coaster and a link to the website in case you need to find out more!

The 2012 Durham Fair will be held from Sept. 27 - 30. Showers and storms are in the forecast, but there should be (we hope) some patches of good weather too. Check the forecast before you head out.

You can also check out the Durham Fair Facebook Page for the latest about the fair.

From the Durham Fair web site:


OPERATING HOURS

Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm Friday: 9:00am - 10:00pm Saturday: 9:00am - 11:00pm Sunday: 9:00am - 7:00pm


ADMISSION

One-Day Tickets   Thursday      All tickets: $10      Children 11 and Under FREE   Friday - Sunday      Adults: $15      Senior (62 and over) $13      Children 11 and Under FREE      Exhibitor $20      Online $13 Multi-Day Tickets      Three-Day $32      Four-Day $

CALLING ALL ROLLER COASTER LOVERS! We are excited to announce that the Super Coaster will be coming to this year’s Durham Fair. In conjunction with Rockwell Amusements, we are thrilled to present this incredible new feature to our fairgoers. The Super Coaster will surely bring lots of screams of joy and delight to the Midway! It measures 154.8 feet long, 46.4 feet wide and 36.7 feet high. Each ride lasts approximately 1 minute and 40 seconds.

Do you want to be one of the first riders on the Super Coaster at this year's Durham Fair? If so, make sure to check out the Durham Fair Facebook page. Each day from 9/17-9/23 we will post about the roller coaster and each person who "likes" our status will have the opportunity to win a seat on the roller coaster for the first ride. We will randomly select one winner per day. Good luck!

Main Stage Entertainment includes:

Friday, September 28, 2012
Kenny Rogers • 7pm

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Kellie Pickler • 7pm

Here is the daily schedule:

Thursday, September 27th

4pm Solar Power Discovery Center 5pm The Omnibus Band Center Stage 7pm ​Jeff Pitchell and the Texas Flood  Center Stage 7:30pm ​Demolition Derby
*For more information on rules and regulations for this event please go towww.jmproductionsinc.com Motorized Events Ring


Friday, September 28th

9am Beef Cattle Showmanship Cow Palace 10am Kids Mini Pedal Tractor Pull Competition Kids Place 10am Kids Hula Hoop Contest Kids Place 10:30am Kids Donut Eating Contest Kids Place 11am Draft Cattle Pull Animal Pull Ring 11am Leslie Bulion Book Signing The Universe of Fair Upper Souvenir Booth 11am CRHS Jazz Band and Show Choir Center Stage 11am Twisted Magic Kids Place 11am CT State Trooper with police dog Discovery Center 12pm Kids Bubble Gum Blowing Contest Kids Place 12:30pm Kids Animal Sounds Competition Kids Place 12:30pm Canning Demo - P. Naples & M. Vosberg Discovery Center 1pm Twisted Magic Kids Place 2pm Kids Balloon Stomp Competition Kids Place 2pm Thames Valley Rockhounds - Bob Reynolds Discovery Center 2:15pm ​The Kerry Boys Center Stage 2:30pm Kids Fireman Relay Kids Place 3pm Kids Potato Sack Race Kids Place 3:30pm Kids Pie Eating Contest Kids Place 3:30pm Maple Syrup with Russ Hossman Discovery Center 4pm ​Dairy Cattle Showmanship Cow Palace 4pm Twisted Magic Kids Place 4pm Leslie Bulion Book Signing The Universe of Fair Lower Souvenir Booth 4:15pm ​The Rising Tide Band Center Stage 5pm Universe of Fair - Leslie Bulion & Frank Dormer Discovery Center 6pm ​Waking Elliott Center Stage 7pm Kenny Rogers Main Stage 7:30pm Double Figure 8 Racing
*For more information on rules and regulations for this event please go towww.jmproductionsinc.com Motorized Events Ring 8pm ​Driven Center Stage 8pm Spooky Time - Diane McCain Discovery Center


Saturday, September 29th

9am Core Club & Gym Center Stage 9am Garden Tractor Pull Motorized Events Ring 10am Middlesex Dance Center Center Stage 10am Rabbits Junior & Senior Showmanship Goats/Poultry/Rabbits/Sheep Building 10am Kids Mini Pedal Tractor Pull Competition Kids Place 10am Kids Balloon Stomp Competition Kids Place 10:30am Kids Donut Eating Contest Kids Place 11am ​CRHS Jazz Band and Show Choir Center Stage 11am Leslie Bulion Book Signing The Universe of Fair Upper Souvenir Booth 11am Al deCant - musical performer and storyteller Kids Place 11am ​Poultry Junior & Senior Showmanship Goats/Poultry/Rabbits/Sheep Building 11am ​Pony Pull Animal Pull Ring 11am Canoeing the Grand Canyon - Tim Lewis Discovery Center 12pm Kids Hula Hoop Contest Kids Place 12:30pm Kids Bubble Gum Blowing Contest Kids Place 12:30pm CONN-MEN (from UCONN) Center Stage 12:30pm Cheese Making - Tom & Josephine Wilt Discovery Center 12:45pm Durham Fair's 9th Annual Talent Show Center Stage 1pm The Universe of Fair Treasure Hunt Youth Department 1pm Kids Animal Sounds Competition Kids Place 1:30pm Kids Fireman Relay Kids Place 2pm Al deCant - musical performer and storyteller Kids Place 2pm PUCKY the Whale Kids Place 2pm Beekeeping - Alan & Nancy Poole Discovery Center 2:15pm CONN-MEN (from UCONN) Center Stage 2:30pm CJ West and the Downtown Train ​Center Stage 3pm Kids Pie Eating Contest Kids Place 3:30pm Velomobile - Merrill Gay Discovery Center 4pm Susan Peak Kids Place 4pm Leslie Bulion Book Signing The Universe of Fair Lower Souvenir Booth 4:15pm The Zingerz Center Stage 5pm Nicole Frechette with The Monthei Brothers Band Main Stage 5pm Three-Horse Pull - under 4,775lbs. and over 4,775lbs. Animal Pull Ring 5pm Shellfish Industry - Kristin DeRosia-Banack Discovery Center 5:30pm Battle of the Barns Cow Palace 6pm Truck & SUV Pull Motorized Events Ring 6:15pm Rockslide Center Stage 6:15pm Leslie Bulion Book Signing The Universe of Fair Discovery Center 7:00pm ​Kellie Pickler Main Stage 8:00pm ​Sister Funk Center Stage


Sunday, September 30th

All Day ​Roses for Autism Discovery Center 9am ​Ecumenical Church Service Center Stage 9:30am Christian Academy of Dance Center Stage 10am Kids Mini Pedal Tractor Pull Competition Kids Place 10am Kids Balloon Stomp Competition Kids Place 10:15am Griffith Academy of Irish Dance Center Stage 10:30am Kids Donut Eating Contest Kids Place 11am ​CRHS Jazz Band and Show Choir Center Stage 11am The Aquatudes Main Stage 11am Every Animal Has A Story Cow Palace 11am Pair Draft Horses Pull - 3,050lbs. or under Animal Pull Ring 11am Leslie Bulion Book Signing The Universe of Fair Upper Souvenir Booth 11am Kids Animal Sounds Competition Kids Place 12pm CT State Tractor Pullers Association Motorized Events Ring 12pm Susan Peak Kids Place 12pm Kids Hula Hoop Contest Kids Place 12:30pm ​Down Monday Main Stage 12:30pm Beekeeping - Mark Shadle Discovery Center 12:45pm ​Jackson Hill Center Stage 1pm Pair Draft Horses Pull - 3,350lbs. or under Animal Pull Ring 1:30pm Kids Bubble Gum Blowing Contest Kids Place 2pm Kids Potato Sack Race Kids Place 2pm ​Remember September (Band) Main Stage 2pm ​Animal Costume Parade Cow Palace 2pm Balleck's Garden Center - Nancy Balleck Discovery Center 2:30pm ​Skyline Drive Center Stage 2:30pm Kids Pie Eating Contest Kids Place 3pm Pair Draft Horses Pull - over 3,350lbs. Animal Pull Ring 3:30pm Velomobile - Merrill Gay Discovery Center 4:00pm Leslie Bulion Book Signing The Universe of Fair Lower Souvenir Booth 4:15pm Reckless Abandon Band Center Stage

Here is some information about those features:

ANIMAL PULLS

A historical treasure of the Durham Fair certainly are the horse, oxen and pony pulls.These contests are a throwback to our agricultural past. The horse pulls, in particular, have been known to last long into the night with eager fairgoers packing the hill and bleacher areas around the ring until the very end to see which team comes out on top.
*Please note: The Durham Fair makes it a priority to ensure that all animals participating in competitions are treated in a humane and respectful manner.

DISCOVERY CENTER

A valued educational area of the Fair that serves up topical seminars on foods, farming, home and garden care and more. There are also interactive displays and demonstrations by experienced, knowledgeable experts in their respective fields of service.

FARM MUSEUM

Step inside the Durham Fair Farm Museum and amid our vast collection of antique farm equipment and collectibles you will be transported back to a time of hand-cranked tractors, blacksmiths, and pot-bellied stoves. Our collection is priceless—we hope you will enjoy it as much as we have enjoyed presenting it to you.

KID'S PLACE

This area of the fairgrounds is designed specifically with our younger fairgoers in mind. From pie-eating contests and balloon stomp competitions to bubble stations and music shows on the stage, this is certainly a place that your kids will love!

MIDWAY

Whether your taste is the slow, steady pace of the carousal, the fast flipping of the Zipper or somewhere in between, our Midway has it all and will surely bring smiles and squeals of delight from both young and old riders alike.

MOTORIZED EVENTS RING

Engines roar, cars collide, and dust fills the air! All of these sights and sounds can be enjoyed in the Motorized Events Ring where a Demolition Derby, Truck/SVU Pull, Tractor Pull and more keep the bleachers bursting with wide-eyed spectators to these rip-roaring events.

TALENT SHOW

The Durham Fair Talent Show is back again, celebrating it’s 9th year! This year’s event will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 12:45p-2:15p on the Center Stage. This is your opportunity to perform as one of our Durham Fair Idols and share your superb talent with family, friends and several thousand fairgoers!

 

From the Durham Fair Facebook web page:

When one looks back at the history of the Durham Fair, the contrast between the beginning and the present is dramatic. What started as a local event has become the largest of its type in Connecticut. The first fair drew an estimated 2,000 people mainly from Durham and surrounding towns while, at the present time, a fair, if the weather is good, may draw over 200,000 people from all over Connecticut and surrounding states. In 1916, less than $300 was paid in prize money, while currently, over $90,000 is paid.

Many large agricultural fairs, as they have grown, have replaced volunteer management with a paid staff and have struggled to maintain the character of their fair. But the Durham Fair has successfully managed to remain 100% volunteer run and a true agricultural fair. It certainly stands as a monument to the cooperative spirit displayed by all who are involved in this annual fall event. The Durham Fair takes great pride in distributing profits from the fair back to the community through scholarships and support of numerous projects and events.

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