There will be no talent show for 2022, but other attractions and entertainment will be available including local bands, the International Food Court and animal bingo.

Talent Show at the 2019 Durham Fair

Saturday, Sep 28, 2019, 1:30 PM, Center Stage

Talent Show

The Entertainment Committee of the Durham Fair is proud to announce the 16th Annual Talent Show. Imagine an opportunity to perform on the Center Stage at the 100th Durham Fair as one of our Idols! Our finalist have all enjoyed this opportunity, win or not win, to share their talent with their friends, families and several thousand fair goers!

Many of our candidates have returned a following year. Since we have been doing this show, many contestants have said how much they “just love to perform”. We hope you feel the same way, because we are fair goers too – we enjoy having you perform and watching you grow with us.

Opportunities to participate in our Talent Show are open to all performers.* Consideration for our contestants is not taken lightly. We respect that you will have worked hard to prepare your presentation to a selection committee. Every performance will be evaluated with your talent and hard work in mind. As a selection committee, we are first of all, looking to entertain our Durham Fair audience. We do this by selecting a variety of acts that will fit together to make one exciting event for this audience. We hope you will apply and join in the fun.

Send in Your Application

Please E-mail your application information to: [email protected]

Your Application Should Include:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Mailing Address
  • Phone/Cell
  • Email Address
  • Talent
  • Number of People Performing (if part of a group, please include each performers name and age)
  • Audio Requirements (professional sound provided)

Call Kara Pedersen at 860-575-5904 with any questions.


Auditions will be held Saturday, September 7th. Please submit your complete application by Friday, August 23rd and you will be given an audition time.

Durham Fair Previous Talent Show Winners

  • 2004 Meghan Cabelus
  • 2005 Katrice Kemble
  • 2006 Kianna Jensen
  • 2007 Julian Miyata
  • 2008 Kayleigh Crocetto & Meghan St. Amand
  • 2009 Brenna Conroy
  • 2010 Halley Neal & Carey Ozmun
  • 2011 Summer Hope Edeen
  • 2012 Zoe Geyser
  • 2013 James Bavolacco, Jr.
  • 2014 Alexandra Woznyk
  • 2015 Abigail Edwards
  • 2016 Alexis & Brooke Della Rocco
  • 2017 Clara & Evan Guilmette
  • 2018 Amara Valeria
  • 2019 Margarita Cartagena

*Full time professionals (i.e. if your supporting income is derived from your talent) are excluded from trying out for the talent show.