Year-Round Events at the Durham Fairgrounds

The Durham Agricultural Fair Association hosts a number of events throughout the year beyond the Fair itself each September. See this year's schedule below.

Woman and Dog at the Fairgrounds

Homeward Bound CT (Dog adoption)

May 18 – 19, 2019

  • Saturday, May 18, 10 AM – 4 PM
  • Sunday, May 19, 10 AM – 3 PM
  • All Dogs are in crates
  • Located in the Cow Palace
  • 50 – 55 dogs

An event for rescue dogs to find homes. No cost for admission. Head to the Durham Fairgrounds, and open your heart and home to a shelter dog.

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Go Far Go Fast Go Medieval

June 1, 2019

  • 7:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Located at the Midway Area

A Festival of Running Featuring 5K | Bean Race | United Kids 1/3 M | 1/2 M | 1 M | 2 M races!


Poultry breeders at the Fairgrounds

CT Poultry Breeders Society

June 9, 2019

  • 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Located in the Poultry Barn

Honoring the Parent and Child connection in the poultry fancy. Join us for Feathers, Fathers and Friends.

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CT Holstein & CT Jersey at the Fairgrounds

CT Holstein Assoc. & CT Jersey Cattle Club

July 20, 2019

  • 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Located in the Cow Palace

Many New England holstein juniors spend the weekend at the CT Holstein and Jersey show. There will be great competition for both showmanship and breed classes. Good luck to everyone competing!

CT Holstein Association | CT Jersey Cattle Club

4H tractor pull at the Fairgrounds

4-H Fair

August 2 – 4, 2019

  • Friday, 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

From the car show to the tractor pulls, there is not a dull moment planned at the 4-H fair. With livestock shows, home arts exhibits, pulls and live entertainment, this year’s fair is sure to offer a wide selection for visitors, 4-H’ers and volunteers alike!

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The 100th Annual Durham Fair

September 26 – 29, 2019

In 1916 the Durham Fair began a tradition. That tradition continues today during the last full weekend in September when the fairgrounds come alive and magically transform into Connecticut’s largest agricultural fair. Come visit the Durham Fair and you’ll see what a real fair is all about. Live entertainment, rides and games on the Midway, first-class animal competitions and discovery events on the Corn Stalk Stage. Along with a trove of crafts, exhibits, shopping and fun food. Yum! The Durham Fair is easy to reach yet hard to leave. We know you will have a great time!