Durham Fair’s Main Stage Entertainment

Main Stage events are FREE with a paid fair ticket.

Friday  Saturday  Sunday


Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge

Friday, Sep 28, 2018, 7:00 PM

Thirty years ago Melissa Etheridge dropped her first album… Five years later she had already won her first Grammy Award… In 2018, she’ll be making history at the 99th annual Durham Fair! Am I the only one who can’t wait to hear this folk-rock, singer songwriter belt out the best of her Billboard hits: Come to my window, I want to come over, and Bring me some water? Be there for this powerhouse performance on the Main Stage. See you there!


Scotty McCreery

Scotty McCreery

Saturday, Sep 29, 2018, 7:00 PM

Scotty McCreery is the young and talented country music entertainer with awards for ACM Best New Artist, CMT Video of the Year, and ACA Breakthrough Artist of the year… And come September, we’ll be checking out this chart topping country artist at the 99th annual Durham Fair!

Opening Act: Sam Grow

Saturday, Sep 29, 2018, 5:30 PM


USO Show Troupe

USO Show Troupe

Sunday, Sep 30, 2018, 1:00 PM

Back by popular demand, the Durham Fair is proud to present our second USO Show for our Military Appreciation Day on Sunday, Sep 30, 2018. This talented troupe is sure to please a variety of musical tastes ranging from today’s top 40 to Broadway, Big Band, and even some patriotic performance pieces to honor the occasion.

Opening Act: CJ West and the Downtown Train

Sunday, Sep 30, 2018, 11:30 AM

Military Appreciation Day

To celebrate the land of the free and honor the brave who fought to keep it that way, the Durham Fair is offering FREE ADMISSION on Sunday, Sep 30, 2018 for:

  • Active duty/military personnel
  • United States Veterans

Learn More about Military Appreciation Day

Military Appreciation Day is sponsored by the VA Connecticut Health Care System. A military ID or VA ID is required for free admission. Other acceptable forms of ID for Veterans are a copy of a DD214 or proof of membership to any Veterans organization.

VA Connecticut Health Care Systems


Main Stage Entertainers Through the Years at the Durham Fair

  • 1970 Roy Acuff with Patsy Sledd
  • 1971 Tex Ritter 1973 Skeeter Davis, Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper
  • 1974 Carter Family, The Stonemans
  • 1975 Ferlin Husky, Charlie Walker / Slim Coxx
  • 1976 Bill Anderson and Mary Lou Turner, Little Jimmy Dickens
  • 1977 Sonny James, Kitty Wells, Johnny Wright, Bobby Wright
  • 1978 Tom T. Hall, George Hamilton IV
  • 1979 Stella Parton, Jim and Jesse, Justin Tubb
  • 1980 The Kendalls, Wilburn Brothers, Charlie Walker
  • 1981 Bill Monroe, Jimmy C. Newman, Ray Pillow
  • 1982 Porter Wagoner, The Stonemans, Jan Howard
  • 1983 Boxcar Willie, Johnny Russell, Mac Wiseman
  • 1984 Ronnie McDowell, Jeannie C. Riley, Wilma Lee Cooper
  • 1985 Bill Anderson, The Whites, Ferlin Husky
  • 1986 Grandpa Jones, Bill Anderson, Connie Smith
  • 1987 John Conlee, Moe Bandy, Little Jimmy Dickens
  • 1988 Bill Monroe, Lynn Anderson, Porter Wagoner
  • 1989 Dirk Benedict, Dottie West, Bowzer, Jimmy C. Newman, Tom Wopat
  • 1990 Mel McDaniel, Baillie and the Boys, Williams and Ree
  • 1991 Earl Thomas Conley, Marty Stuart, Dan Seals
  • 1992 Riders in the Sky, Michael Johnson, Bellamy Brothers, John Conlee
  • 1993 Patty Loveless, Bailley and the Boys, BJ Thomas
  • 1994 Hal Ketchum, Jerry Reed, Ronna Reeves
  • 1995 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John Hartford, Holly Dunn, Jan and Dean
  • 1996 Steve Wariner, Marshall Tucker Band, Mike Snider
  • 1997 Ricky Van Shelton, Bowzer, Ricky Scaggs, Bill Engvall
  • 1998 Loretta Lynn, 38 Special, Toby Keith
  • 1999 Sammy Kershaw, Billy Ray Cyrus, Three Dog Night
  • 2000 Kenny Chesney, Pam Tillis, Drifters-Platters-Marvelettes
  • 2001 Diamond Rio, Roy Clark, Bo Diddley
  • 2002 Diamond Rio, Lonestar, Marshall Tucker Band
  • 2003 Joan Jett, Charlie Daniels Band, Sara Evans
  • 2004 Sawyer Brown, Trace Adkins, Eddie Money
  • 2005 Randy Travis, Neal Mccoy, Gin Blossoms
  • 2006 George Jones, She'Daisy, Phil Vassar
  • 2007 Oak Ridge Boys, 38 Special, Joe Nichols
  • 2008 Blake Shelton, The Guess Who, Phil Vassar
  • 2009 Blake Shelton, The Guess Who,
  • 2010 Aaron Tippin, REO Speedwagon
  • 2011 KC & Sunshine Band, Blues Traveler, Steel Magnolia
  • 2012 Kenny Rogers, Kellie Pickler
  • 2013 Justin Moore, Josh Turner
  • 2014 Tower of Power, Montgomery Gentry, JoDee Messina
  • 2015 Martina McBride, Craig Morgan, Confederate Railroad
  • 2016 Old Dominion, Foreigner, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
  • 2017 Brothers Osborne, Pat Benatar, USO