Connecticut's Durham Gallery opens Sept. 22: Here's what you need to know

Connecticut’s Durham Gallery opens Sept. 22: Here’s what you need to know

Large scale farm animals and plants will be on display this weekend when the 102nd Durham Fair kicks off on Thursday.

Scroll below to see what kind of entertainment and activities are available at this year’s fair.

What are the dates for this year’s Durham fair?

The Durham Fair is being held in Durham fairgrounds From From the 22nd to the 25th of September.

What are the attractions at this year’s Durham Fair?

animal attraction

The agricultural fair has no shortage of animal-themed attractions, with livestock including poultry, rabbits, sheep, pigs, goats, llamas, dairy cows and cows on display. The fair has more than 12,000 livestock entries each year, According to its website. Guests can see it Pigs race against each other and rabbits jump to the finish line. There will be too animal costume parade Sunday.

Linguini, a “famous cow” who has been coming to fairs all her life, will also be attending this year during the Linguini the Cow BINGO event in Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The cow has a unique appearance with prominent teeth and “open” eyes. Linguini is calm around others and loves attention, according to Greenbacker Farmer Melissa Dziurgot.

“I had one person call it ‘a-dork-able,'” Dziorgut told Hearst Connecticut Media in August.

Melissa Dziorgot of Brookfield Ranch in Greenbayer and Linguine Cow in Durham, Connecticut on August 6, 2022.

Lisa Nichols / Hearst Connecticut Media

The exhibition also hosts Animal Draw Teams of large animals such as horses, draft horses, ponies and oxen compete against each other to see who can pull the biggest weight.

“these [animals] They are athletes. These are not just pets, these are parts of their family. They work every day, said Mark Dorfellers, animal pulling supervisor at Durham Fair.

car competitions

The animals will not be the only ones competing against each other, the exhibition also has some Car competitions. There will be demolition derbies on Thursday, Friday and Sunday where cars will crash into each other to see who comes on top. Park tow cars, trucks, and SUVs will take place on Friday and Saturday, while a mega truck show will take place on Sunday.

garden gallery

The gallery also contains a Giants Garden ExhibitionExhibitors will display their huge plants such as squash, gourd, bushel squash and tomatoes. The family of Chelsea Cleveland, co-host of the Durham Fair Garden of the Giants, entered a 1,777-pound squash, which took first place last year.

“They’re really amazing. It’s really nice seeing them when they grow up. I call them the ‘cute giants,’ they are so big you would think they’re almost indestructible, but they’re so fragile,” Durham Park Fair Giants co-administrator Chelsea Cleveland told Hearst Connecticut Media in August. “You can see a size difference in the route going home from work.”

A giant pumpkin grows on the Cleveland family's farm in Higanum, Connecticut on August 7, 2022.

A giant pumpkin grows on the Cleveland family’s farm in Higanum, Connecticut on August 7, 2022.

Lisa Nichols / Hearst Connecticut Media

classic carnival Like a spinning wheel, it will be a ferris wheel and a roller coaster open to ride. The first day of the exhibition will conclude with Fireworks display.

What food and drinks are available at Durham Gallery?

Wine, beer and cider tasting tent – Containing products from local producers such as lyman orchard, Aragonese wineryAnd the New England Brewing and Jones Winery – It will be open every day of the event. Foodies can learn the “secrets of professional bread baking” with Chef Jonathan Miller on Saturday and tour a gallery filled with With award winning desserts.

Who are the musicians performing this year at the Durham Gallery?

exhibition International Music Theatre Will feature performances by Echoes of Sinatra and Dean on Thursday, The Happy Travelers Polka and Lederbrosen on Friday, sound bats And the Nozmo kings Saturday and Jukebox45 Show Band And the Hot Club in Black Rock Sunday.

How much is admission to the Durham Gallery?

tickets One-day general admission is on sale for $12 and the cost of pass for each day of the fair is $35. Thursday’s ticket is only discounted to $10.

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