97 Years Celebrated at DE State Fair

With a full week of entertainment and excitement the Delaware State Fair opened its gates on Thursday, July 21 and ran through Saturday, July 30. The streets of the Harrington Raceway & Casino were filled with families enjoying music, food, carnival rides and the numerous sites the Delaware State Fair offers.

The Delaware State Fair began around a coal burning pot belly stove in the town of Harrington in 1919. Local community members decided that it was time to bring together a County Fair for the rural communities in the area. The Kent and Sussex County Fair made its debut in July of 1920, right on schedule. Thirty acres, 33 directors, 1,200 shares, six departments, three carnival rides, two types of racing and four days made up the very first Fair. The Kent and Sussex County Fair has since become what is known as the Delaware State Fair. There are now over 70 board members, a full year-round staff and over 3,000 competitive exhibits as the numbers keep growing. This year the Fair celebrated “A Slice of Summer Fun” as they held the 97th Annual Fair.



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