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.

Located in the south end of the T Barn.

2019 Events

ALL-DAY Every Day, September 26 – 29, 2019

Ongoing educational exhibits, speakers, and demonstrations.

  • 100th Durham Fair Anniversary Display
  • The Giving Garden
  • CT Vocational Schools (FFA)
  • Farm Stands in CT
  • Natureworks: Monarch Butterflies
  • Rock Hounds
  • Trout Unlimited: fly tying and Trout in the Classroom
  • Wesleyan Potters: pottery, weaving, and metalsmithing
  • Xavier Robotics (Sep. 27 - 29 only)
FRIDAY, September 27, 2019
Fair Hours: 9 AM – 10 PM
11:00 AM Dept. of Corrections Canine Unit: K-9 Unit dogs
12:00 PM Sandra DiPetro: Paracord & Friendship Bracelet Making
2:00   Steve Akerly: Outer space, Human Future in Space
3:00   Tina Hurlbert: RSD 13 STEM Program Full "STEAM" Ahead
4:00   Patrick Comins: Landscaping for Wildlife
5:00   Peter Marteka: Hiking in Hidden Connecticut Peter will show slides and discuss some of his adventures in Connecticut
SATURDAY, September 28, 2019
Fair Hours: 9 AM – 11 PM
11:00 AM Nancy DuBrule-Clemente: Make your yard a Happy Habitat
12:00 PM Allan Poole: Beekeeping, Alan will discuss his experiences with keeping bees and may have a frame of live bees to show.
1:00   Peter Marteka: Hiking in Hidden Connecticut Peter will show slides and discuss some of his adventures in Connecticut
2:00   MUFON-MIKE PANICELLO: Best places to see UFO's in CT Visual Presentation on UFO Sightings
3:00   Steve Akerly: Outer space, Human Future in Space
4:00   Dance and Rhythm Studio: Ballroom & Country Dance Demonstration/Instruction Stay to dance with the dancers!
5:00   Bob Reynolds: Meteorites
6:00   Dance and Rhythm Studio: Ballroom & Country Dance Demonstration/Instruction Stay to dance with the dancers!
SUNDAY, September 29, 2019
Fair Hours: 9 AM – 7 PM
11:00 AM Tia’ Triesler: Creatures of Long Island Sound
12:00 PM Paul Benjunas: Bears and Bobcats in CT.
1:00   Sandra DiPetro: Paracord & Friendship Bracelet Making
2:00   Dr. Michael Good: Life and Death on Haddam Quarter Road, Progress of medicine over last 100 years
3:00   Cameron Pollitt: Home Beer Brewing, Cameron will discuss and demonstrate home beer brewing techniques