Popular Durham Fair kicks off this weekend;flooding causes parking changes

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One of the largest fairs in the region, the Durham Fair, kicks off this weekend. 

 A lot of fun here at the fair, and they are not letting a little rain or mud slow them down.

“What exactly is this that you have going on here?”

“This is a cage crinoline. Basically a hoop. Something you can only see at the Durham fair”, said Dan Baril of Southington. 

“We are here for recruiting for our unit, the 20th company Connecticut D, also teaching the public about the Civil War and stuff like that”, Justin Pianka of Durham says.

Baril has a unique favorite food at the fair! 

“Beef jerky, homemade beef jerky. We’ve got hot hickory sweet and spicy black pepper we have barbecue teriyaki and Hickory.”

The fair is all about the animals goats, cows, and goats that make soap. Just one of the unusual great things you can find that is straight from nature at the Durham Fair.

“We use all of oil coconut oil palm oil Shea butter, all good things, natural things! I feel clean already just listening to you!. We have our baby goats over here, so that’s the factory tour, you get to see baby goats”, Lisa Agee said.

You’re going to need some goat soap to clean off your shoes. What was your thought process, wearing white shoes to the muddy fair? I thought I could tip toe around it on my toes because the rubber would be easier to clean off, how about you? Don’t care!

It is supposed to be dry out, everyone, and everyone is expected to have a great time this weekend. So come on down and enjoy the fair, it is what’s right with Connecticut. 

If you’re planning to head to the Durham Fair this weekend, we’ve got some important information about parking to tell you about.

Due to this week’s rain and flooding, many of the usual farm parking lots used for the fair every year are closed.

That includes Greenbacker’s lot on Route 68 where’s it’s raining all over again Friday morning.

That lot will be closed, along with the White’s, Wimler’s and Strickland parking areas.

New parking locations have opened at Tilcon and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wallingford.

The reason? Fair organizers don’t want hundreds of cars to get stuck in the mud. That’s what happened to Michael Riccardi’s mom. We found Michael trying to push her car out of the mud when she accidentally got stuck on Friday.

“Oh it was real tough,” said Michael.

“Just people getting stuck,” said Joe Greenbacker of Greenbacker Farm, whose lot is closed this year. “It’d be pointless to try to park out there.”

Greenbacker was also concerned all of those cars parking in saturated areas would cause a lot of damage to the farmland.

“It would tear up the soil, tear up the grass,” he said.

The President of the Durham Fair says it’s been a tough week with the rough weather, but community businesses have come forward to help provide other parking areas that are paved.

“We have a great contingency plan,” said Daniel Miramant, president of the Durham Fair. “Fair goers today go to the Tilcon facility right off of I-91 on Route 68. We have more than enough parking there.”

The Durham Fair is open Friday until 10pm.

It runs Saturday from 7am-11pm and Sunday from 9am – 7pm.

For more details on where to park at the Durham Fair, click here. 

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