The formidable Durham Fair will open its gates for the 101st time next week.
One of the largest agricultural fairs in North America managed entirely by unpaid volunteers, Durham’s annual fall festival kicks off Thursday, Sept. 23 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 26.
“This is a great event and a good way for people to relax and have a good time with their families,” fair treasurer Leonard Baginski stated. “I love the sense of community, seeing people wandering around and just being happy.”
Carol Harvey, superintendent of the souvenir stand, said the sense of community at the fair is palpable. Her favorite attraction, she said, is the horse pull. “It reminds me of my grandfather,” said Harvey. “He just loved to sit with me at the fairs and watch the horse pulls.”
Visitors to the expansive Town House Road fairgrounds can also look forward to art exhibits, live music, great food, rides — livestock, of course — and much, much more.
This year, an international food court debuts at the fair. Food vendors will represent various countries while musical acts like an Irish band and an African drummer will entertain.
The only thing missing from the fair this time around is a big name act on the Main Stage.
Pat Benatar, Melissa Etheridge, Blake Shelton and Kenny Rogers have played the fair in the past, and top-selling artists are expected to return starting in 2022.
To learn more about the Durham Fair, or to volunteer, visit durhamfair.com.