Volunteer for the 2024 Durham Fair

The Durham Fair is ALWAYS looking for great volunteers and new committee members to join our organization especially for 2021. We are 100% volunteer run and need your help and participation to keep the Durham Fair tradition strong for many years to come.


The 2024 Durham Fair needs your help in the following areas:

To volunteer, simply reach out to a contact provided below. You may also call the Durham Fair phone number and leave a message with your area of interest if it isn't listed below: 860-349-9495 then press 2 and leave a voice mail or email [email protected]

REMINDER: volunteers get free parking and admission to the fair for that day.
Committee members get free admission and free parking for the whole fair weekend. Parking will be at the high school or at one of our lots.

Advanced Ticket Sales

To help sell tickets before the fair to exhibitors, students, etc.

Art Exhibits

Help set up, take in exhibits, judge, and monitor displays.

Baking Exhibits

Help set up, take in exhibits, judge, and monitor displays.

Beer, Wine & Cider Tasting

Christmas Trees & Wreaths

Help set up, take in exhibits, and monitor display.

Craft Vendors & Indoor Commercial

Help set up and monitor the indoor and/or crafts vendors


Discovery Education Exhibit Area

Help set up displays and demonstrations, monitor during the fair.


Exhibit Management

To help with computer entry of exhibits, etc. before and during the fair.

Fruits Exhibits

Help set up, take in exhibits, judge, and monitor displays.

Gates Cashiers, Gates Scanners, Gates Hand Stampers

Gates Managers

Oversee the gate cashiers.

Information Booths

You should be familiar with the fair.

International Food & Stage

Livestock Exhibits


Buildings, grounds, equipment, fencing, building exhibit areas, picnic tables, etc. ALL YEAR, before, during, and after the fair

Needlework Exhibits

Help set up, take in exhibits, judge, and monitor displays.

On-Grounds Courtesy Shuttle Carts Drivers

Before, during, and at the end of the fair (must be 18 years old).

Outdoor Commercial

Help set up and monitor all outdoor vendors

Photography Committee

Help take in entries and help during and at the end of the fair

Public Safety

Parking, security, busing, lighting, road signs, etc.


To help make signs, banners, etc. before and/or during the fair.


Vegetables Exhibits

Help set up, take in exhibits, judge, and monitor displays.

Youth Exhibits

Before, during, and at the end of the fair.

Volunteering for the Fair

Hear about volunteering, exhibit preparation, responsibilities and working together from Diane Coe, former Superintendent of Exhibit Management.

Below is a list of all departments and positions.

Administrative Services

  • IT Services
  • Office Services/Purchasing
  • Printing/Buyer
  • Ribbons & Trophies
  • Signs


  • Exhibits/Discovery Center
  • Farm Museum
  • Historian
  • Motorized Events


  • Center Stage
  • Green Stage
  • Hospitality
  • Kid's Place
  • Sound Systems
  • Staging
  • Talent Show

Livestock Exhibits

  • Animal Education
  • Battle of the Barns
  • Beef
  • Dairy
  • Fiber
  • Goats
  • Livestock Exhibit Judges
  • Llamas
  • Poultry
  • Pull Animals
  • Rabbits
  • Sheep
  • Swine


  • Buildings
  • Caretaker
  • Equipment
  • Grounds
  • Grounds Beautification
  • Grounds Improvement
  • Inventory Control
  • Property Management
  • Recycling


  • Advertising
  • Community Relations
  • Exhibit Management
  • Information Booth
  • Schedule/Map
  • Content Coordination
  • Website
  • Sponsors

Personal Skills Exhibits

  • Art
  • Baking
  • Ballot Competitions
  • Canning
  • Crafts & Collections
  • Exhibit Judge
  • Needlework
  • Photography
  • Youth

Plant Science Exhibits

  • Christmas Trees & Wreaths
  • Exhibit Judge
  • Flowers
  • Fruits
  • Garden of the Giants
  • Vegetables

Public Safety

  • Communications
  • Lighting & Parking
  • Security
  • Shuttle Bus Transportation
  • Traffic Control


  • Craft Show Rentals
  • Gates
  • Inside Commercial┬áRentals
  • Midway
  • Off-Season Facility Rentals
  • Off-Season Storage Rentals
  • Outdoor Commercial┬áRentals
  • Soda Sales
  • Souvenir Sales

Volunteer for the Fair

If you are interested in volunteering for one of these areas please reach out to the contact provided.

If you’d like to volunteer for another role, contact the Secretary at 860-349-9495 then dial 2 and leave a voice mail for the appropriate Executive Board Member: