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Durham Fair kicks off its 96th year

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The Durham Fair kicked off on Thursday. (WFSB photo) The Durham Fair kicked off on Thursday. (WFSB photo)

One of Connecticut’s largest country fairs got underway Thursday afternoon.

The Durham Fair kicked off its 96th year on Thursday. It runs through Sunday.

Friday is its first full day and organizers expect it to be packed, especially the midway where all the rides were set up.

“Our school district is off today and we have a lot of school trips coming in [Friday],” said Debbie Huscher, director of communications. “We have the special wrist band where for $25, you get to ride all the rides all day long.”

For the younger children, a kiddie section was set up near the green for those looking to avoid the big crowds with their children.

Events this year include The Connecticut Wine Festival and performances by Martina McBride, Craig Morgan and Confederate Railroad.

McBride’s performance was slated for 7 p.m. on Friday.

There’s also the usual arts and crafts, exhibits, farm animals and fair food.

“In 1916, the Durham Fair began this tradition which successfully continues [Thursday],” said Daniel Miramant, president of the Durham Agricultural Fair Association, Inc. “It’s one of the most recognized fairs in Connecticut and has been bringing good clean wholesome fun to families from New England for decades.”

For more information on the fair, check out its website here.

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