Durham Fair is one of many fall festivals to enjoy


DURHAM, Conn. (WTNH) — You don’t have to look far to see one of the biggest donuts you’ve ever seen. The original big donut truck is one of the first food vendors you see at the Durham Fair.

It’s a big draw at this fall festival which also features live music, a petting zoo, and tractor pull competitions which are also a big draw.

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“If it was shot out of my hand I would still have it so I could easily pick it up instead of picking it up off the ground in a hail of bullets,” says one civil war re-enactor as he shows fair goers a replica sword.

The re-enactors also thrilled many along with a number of rides on the midway.

“The colossal size is 18 inches around,” said Tim Dunphy the owner of Bakery Boys. Dough isn’t the only thing being friend at this fair. Even though there is lots of it.

“Some days I don’t know a hundred two hundred of them a day,” said Bakery Boys worker Barbara Carlevale.

There are also apple fritters and fried Oreos. Yes Oreos.

“You can’t imagine how it tastes unless you have one,” said Seretha Hodges of Waterbury. They are why she comes to the Durham Fair year after year.

There are a number of other fall festivals as well.

The Bristol Mum Festival, the Lisbon Fall Festival, Oktoberfest at Quassy, K-9 Carnival in Shelton, and the Falls Village Fall Festival & Truck Pull in Canaan to name a few.

“We try to attend as many as we can during the year,” said Tony Lucas of Cheshire.

“That’s it grab your body all the way up,” said a member of Trout Unlimited who was giving Cade Napoletano of Killingworth a lesson in how to tie a fly. “Great.”

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Napoletano got to learn from the best, while Victoria Vior was the best in the pumpkin carving competition.

“We carved a pumpkin using the bathroom,” said Vior. We then asked what her inspiration was. “Umm my little brother,” she said with a laugh.

“I like jumping so high,” said Michela MacDonald of Higganum who was enjoying one of the rides with her friend Katie Bazydola.

No competition among those friends. Just fun.

“We both did the same,” said Bazydola.

The Durham fair runs through Sunday and is expected to bring more than two hundred thousand people to town.

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