About the Durham Fair


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


There are several ATM's located on the fairgrounds. Due to the large volume of use during the fair, funds in the ATM's can occasionally be diminished.

Fair Map

The 2016 Durham Fair Program & Map is great for helping you plan your day at the Durham Fair with a daily event schedule and a scale map of the fairgrounds (PDF)

Download the 2016 Program & Map

First Aid

The first aid station is located on the fairgrounds at the bottom of the hill between the Cow Palace and the Poultry Barn and is staffed during the hours of the fair by medical personnel.

Information Booths

Information booths are positioned around the fairgrounds and are staffed with experienced volunteers ready to make sure your fair is an enjoyable time. Just look for the booths prominently painted white with black spots to look like cows

Lost and Found Items

All lost and found items should be reported to the fair Office at 24 Town House Road.

Lost Children

Name tags for small children are available at each Information Booth. Parents and guardians are strongly urged to make use of the name tags. They make it much easier for fair staff members to reunite lost children with their parents or guardians.

Parents and guardians should instruct their children where to wait if they become lost and to write that location on the name tag. Lost children who have not been given instructions will be taken to the State Police Command Post at the Durham Town Hall.


No alcoholic beverages, outside beverages or weapons are permitted on the fairgrounds or in the parking areas. Please be advised that items such as coolers, backpacks, pocketbooks and large packages will be searched before entering the fairgrounds.


Because of our concern for the safety of the animals on exhibit and for the comfort and safety of our patrons, no pets are allowed on the fairgrounds with the ONLY exception being service animals trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.

School Field Trips

The Univers of FAIR

Let the Durham Fair School Field Trip Coordinator help you plan a successful field trip. The Fair has so many curriculum connections to offer, including: community studies, agriculture, early American history, and our own special literacy connection – our award-winning kids’ novel, the Universe of FAIR, set right here at the Durham Fair. We can help with tickets, arrival, departure, special bus parking, an author visit and much more! Send an email to Diane Huffstetler (dianedumont1007@gmail.com) or call 860-398-1531 to get started!

Educators Please Note: Author visit time slots are limited and require student preparation, so if you would like to include an author visit with Leslie Bulion, author of the Universe of FAIR during your school field trip to the Durham Fair, be sure to inquire as soon as possible.

Shuttle Service

We offer a free courtesy shuttle service around the fairgrounds during operating hours (weather/grounds conditions permitting). Please review our map for designated shuttle locations.

Strollers and Wheelchairs

Strollers and wheelchairs are not available for rental. Please make any necessary arrangements for these items before arriving at the fair.

Booth Rule

No product, service, philosophy or organization can be sold, advertised or in any other way promoted on the fairgrounds during the Fair except from within space contracted for with the appropriate superintendent. Acceptance of any donation by the Association does not entitle the donor to be exempt from this rule. The Association’s Executive Committee is authorized to determine the appropriate public acknowledgment of any donation accepted.

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