There’s a lot to see in Connecticut and its surrounding areas, but one truly unique way to experience the region is by visiting a county fair. See the animals they raise and farm, learn about the produce that can be grown, taste the foods that are popular, and admire the arts and crafts people in the area have painstakingly created. The Durham County Fair is a fun, personal way to get to know the people who live there and to learn about their experiences. This is the 101st year of the fair, so you know a trip to see it will be something special!
There’s so much to do at the Durham County Fair! There are, of course, cattle, goats, rabbits, llamas, and other animals to visit in the livestock area. You can watch the process as fiber experts take fleece and turn it into yarn. There’s even an animal costume parade. Attend a seminar on food, farming, garden care, or other topics. Take the kids to the Grandpa’s Golden Rule puppet show, visit the Kid’s Place - a mini-fairground designed just for little ones with balloon-stomp competitions, bubble stations, and petting zoos. Or see a concert or magic show at the Kid’s Stage.
Step into the Farm Museum to learn what life was like for locals over a hundred years ago. And when you need to cool off and relax, head over to some beer and cider tasting, featuring drinks that were brewed right in Connecticut.
You can also visit the Midway, to experience the rides and play the carnival games. You can purchase wristbands for $30-$35 (depending on if you want to ride the roller coaster), or purchase individual tickets - 25 for $20 or 40 for $30 - during the entire fair. If you don’t want to purchase that many tickets, you can also buy them for $1 apiece.
There are plenty of amenities on-site at the fair. Restrooms and portable toilets are available throughout, including some with baby changing stations. Emergency medical services and police are also on-site, and there are charging stations and water filling stations to keep you hydrated.
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Finally, be sure to check out the acts on the stages throughout the fair! Last year, Little Big Town and Big & Rich were among the featured bands that performed. There’s also a talent show, animal pulls, and motorized events including tractor pulls and a demolition derby.
Check back for the rest of the 2020 lineup or head to the Durham County Fair website for more performers.
There are plenty of places to stay close to the Durham County Fair! You can enjoy a full day at the fair and then return to a comfy bed and your favorite food, right in an RV nearby. Renting an RV with RVshare means even if you don’t own an RV, you can enjoy the ease of a home away from home near where you’re playing all day.
There are a few places you can stay nearby, including:
Whether you use your own RV or visit the fair in a rental from us, RVing is the way to visit the fair! You’ll be able to come home to a cozy bed, and whip up food in your kitchen. Plus a private bathroom is always a perk at the end of a busy day.
There are plenty of hotels near the Durham County Fair where you can stay as well. Most major chains have a hotel in town, and there are also some locally operated motels as well. Check travel sites like Travelocity and Expedia for suggestions.
Directions from the Hartford area: Take I-91 south to exit 15 (Wallingford/Route 86) and follow the Durham Fair signs to the nearest parking lot.
Directions from the Shoreline area: Take I-95 to exit 58 (Guilford), then follow Route 77 north towards Durham and follow signs to the Durham Fair.
Directions from the Waterbury area: Take I-84 east to 691 east to Route 66 to Route 147, then follow signs to the fair.
General Parking is $5 per vehicle each day, or $10 for unlimited entry during the fair weekend (you can only buy the unlimited passes prior to the fair). Shuttle buses take visitors from the parking lots to the fairgrounds, there is no parking directly on the fairgrounds. School buses take visitors from the parking lots to the fair, and they can’t accommodate large strollers, wagons, and other bulky items. If you need to bring bigger items, you may want to use a privately-owned lot within walking distance of the fairgrounds.
Handicapped parking is available - check the website for which lots are designated accessible parking on which days. You can find more parking information and maps and directions to each lot here.
Gate admission to the fair is between $9-$15, depending on which day you attend. Children 11 and under, active military members, and attendees in wheelchairs are free. You can also purchase a separate wristband or tickets to ride the rides on the midway. Find out more information on ticketing here.
At RVshare we love to help people try new experiences and learn new things about the places they visit. Whether you’re new to Connecticut or know your way around the state like the back of your hand, attending the Durham County Fair is a great way to learn even more about Connecticut and its offerings, and to meet some of the people who live there. Visiting in an RV is a great way to experience the event stress-free, with your own shower and bed nearby, and with the ability to make and bring food along. Regardless of whether you visit the fair in an RV rental from us or make other arrangements, we’d love to see pictures! Send us photos at [email protected], and tag us on social media to share your visit. Your adventures could be featured on our blog or social media!
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Please note, this is not the official source of the event information. While we try to be as comprehensive as possible, some details may have changed since the time this article was written. Please confirm final details with the official event page.