DURHAM — Celebrating 100 years of the Durham Fair requires a benchmark – a recognition of years of tradition and community.
This feeling prompted the creation of the fair’s Everlasting Tribute.
The Everlasting Tribute is a patio that will be constructed around three flagpoles adjacent to the needlework building on the fairgrounds. The flagpoles will fly the U.S., state, and fair flags. A fundraiser for the project allowed interested donors to purchase a personalized brick that would be laid into the patio.
According to Karen Conway, first vice president of the Durham Agricultural Fair Association, the tribute “provides permanence to the event.”
“The donations we’ve received from the entities supporting this project are a critical aspect of this whole thing,” she said.
Torrison Stone and Garden did the project design, materials and construction; Durham VFW Post 10169 and American Legion Post 184 donated the U.S. flag and flagpole; Connecticut Communications and the Marks family donated the state flag and flagpole; and the Durham Fair Foundation donated the fair flag and flagpole.
Construction is expected to be done before the fair and a ceremony is planned for Sept. 26.
“My wife Nancy and I bought our house in Durham in 1993 as we thought Durham would be a nice town to raise a family,” said Scott Marks, owner of Connecticut Communications. “The town of Durham has done so much for my family – so donating the money for a flag pole and flag for the 100th Everlasting Tribute at the Durham Fair was an easy decision.”
Joe Greenbacker, president of the Durham Fair Foundation, said that this tribute was “the perfect opportunity to support the 100th fair.”
“It’s very important to the community, I feel,” he said. “We wanted some recognition of the 100th fair and what it means to Durham and Middlefield. It’s a permanent recognition of that fact.”