General Information

OPERATING HOURS

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

ATMs

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 2019 Durham Fair Map and the Daily Schedule are great tools to help you plan your visit to the Durham Fair.

Download the 2019 Map View the Schedule

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.

2019 Hotels with Fair Discounts

  • Red Lion Hotel Cromwell
    • 100 Berlin Road
      Cromwell, CT 06416
    • Google Map
    • 860-635-2000
    • Discounted rate: $79 + tax per night
    • Group Code: DURH0925
  • Four Points by Sheraton
    • 275 Research Parkway
      Meriden CT 06450
    • Google Map
    • 203-238-2380
    • Discounted rate: $99 (Double or King) per night
    • Start date: Wed 9/25
      End date: Sun 9/29
      Last day to book: Tues 9/23
  • Wallingford Courtyard Marriott
    • 600 Northrop Rd
      Wallingford CT 06492
    • Google Map
    • Durham Fair Room Block
    • Discounted rate: $139 (King) / $159 (Queen/s) per night
    • Start date: Tues 9/24
      End date: Sun 9/29
      Last day to book: Tues 9/3
    • Book Here or call 203-284-9400

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

When attending large events, parents & guardians are encouraged to take a photo of their children before entering in case they get lost or separated.

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.

Safety

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.

View the DPH warning about EEE and see what you can do to avoid mosquito bites. Public safety is our number one priority and as a precaution, a strategic mosquito barrier perimeter control application has been put in place in certain parts of the fair grounds.

Pets

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.