Durham Fair draws crowds on final day

DURHAM — The last day of the Durham Fair brought visitors loads of fun memories, with many saying they wouldn’t have wanted to spend Sunday any other way. 

“Oh, I can easily spend all day here,” said New Britain resident Bob Livingston.

“It’s just a great place to forget about your problems and have an awesome time with your family.”

The fair, one of the largest managed entirely by unpaid volunteers, started on Thursday. The long lines to enter and at fair attractions over the four days indicated that many missed the fair after it was canceled last year because of the pandemic.  

“I missed the fair two years ago because of personal stuff and was so bummed out when it was canceled last year,” said Middletown resident Jacob Terrell. “Well, this year I overcompensated because I attended Durham Fair twice...”

Sunday was also Military Appreciation Day. All veterans and active service members received free admission and discounts from many vendors.

This year, for the first time, the fair featured an international food court. Food vendors represented various countries while musical acts, like an Irish band and an African drummer. entertained visitors. 

Among other things, this year’s fair brought 40 toe-tapping musical acts across four stages, monster trucks and other motorized events, fireworks, and over  8,300 exhibition entries, from handmade quilts and pies to woodworks and produce. 

Griffin Hospital offered on-site COVID -19 vaccinations and vaccination booster shots. Gov. Ned Lamont was among many people who got his booster shot at the Fair. Sanitizing stations were placed all across the fairgrounds. 

Dona Suzio, a 68-year-old Durham resident, got her COVID-19 booster shot at the fair. She said the vaccine initiative was a great way to remind people the virus is “still very much present.”

“I think it was a good idea, to combine fun and vaccines,” said Suzio. “I just hope the fair won’t be canceled next year, it’d be a shame to miss it again.”

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