General Information


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


There are several ATMs 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 2017 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 2017 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.


Guests staying at the Radisson Cromwell will receive a discount if they mention the Durham Fair when reserving their room.

  • 100 Berlin Rd., Cromwell, CT 06416
  • Check in after 3 pm. Check out by 12 noon.
  • Check in and check out dates: 9/21/17 – 9/24/17
  • All rooms: $94 (plus taxes)
  • Reservations must be made by August 22, 2017
  • Call 860-635-2000 or toll free 800-333-3333 to make a reservation.

Make a Reservation Online or by phone at 860-635-2000 (toll-free: 800-333-3333)

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.

In cooperation with the town of Durham Emergency Services and due to the forecasted heat, we have established cooling stations throughout the fair at the following locations:

  • North end of the commercial building by the Torrison display
  • Between the Cow Palace and poultry barns, behind the med building
  • Town House road, adjacent to entrance gate next to Durham ambulance
  • On easy street across from horticulture


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

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 and early American history. We can help with tickets, arrival, departure, special bus parking, and much more! Send an email to Carol Schilling ([email protected]) or call 860-316-7600 to get started!

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.