Milford’s Kenton reflects on lifelong love of Delaware State Fair

HARRINGTON — After watching daredevil stunts with his father at the Delaware State Fair, a little boy around the age of 5 soon found himself wandering around without a parent. It would be the first fair he would distinctly remember. “I looked away at something. I walked away and got lost,” the little boy recalled […]

Governor’s Day at the state fair: Guest of honor Carney enjoys festivities

DOVER — Growing up in Claymont, Gov. John Carney missed out on the Delaware State Fair. Now, he’s making up for lost time. Gov. Carney attended the annual Governor’s Day at the fair Thursday, taking part in an egg toss, viewing hundreds of crafts and projects and touring the poultry barn, among other stops. The […]

DNREC presents environmental awards at Delaware State Fair

HARRINGTON — Gov. John Carney and Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Shawn M. Garvin honored two dozen Delawareans and groups of all ages for environmental leadership, innovation and dedication at the Delaware State Fair on Thursday. “This afternoon, we recognized a broad cross section of Delawareans who contribute to the conservation […]

$600,000 in purses during Governor’s Day races Thursday at state fair

HARRINGTON — Harrington Raceway’s richest program of the season will commence Thursday as part of the annual Governor’s Day program during the Delaware State Fair. A 10-race card with nearly $600,000 in total purses will start at 7 p.m. Four Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund $100,000 finals for 3-year-olds will accompany popular annual events for older […]

Clydesdales star attraction at Delaware State Fair

HARRINGTON — New farm animals visit the Delaware State Fair every year. But a specialized group is paying a visit to Harrington this year in honor of the fair’s 100th anniversary. A team of 10 Budweiser Clydesdale horses can be found in the Machinery Lot this year every day except Wednesday. Around 6 every evening, […]

It’s easy to spot a four-leaf clover at Delaware State Fair

HARRINGTON — For most anyone who has recited the 4-H pledge, it pretty much sticks with you for life. Doug Crouse, the state’s 4-H program leader, reviewed the words and the hand movements with this editor Friday. “Head to clearer thinking, heart to greater loyalty, hands to larger service — and they added health to […]

Centennial Delaware State Fair opens: Attendees brave heat for tons of fun

HARRINGTON — One hundred years, a name change and many different types of entertainment acts later, the Delaware State Fair is still as vibrant as ever. This year’s fair began Thursday during one of the hottest days of the year so far with more than 90-degree weather and a heat index of over 100 degrees. […]

Best Bets: An alphabetical trip around 100th Delaware State Fair

The temperatures are sizzling as much as the scrapple sandwiches. It must be time for the Delaware State Fair. It all started Thursday night as the 100th edition of the fair opened in Harrington and will last until July 27. Whether it’s your 100th fair or your first, it’s always an exciting time around here. […]

Big Oyster brews beer in honor of Delaware State Fair centennial

The Delaware State Fair was conceived in a quiet Harrington railroad station over 100 years ago. But have you ever imagined what a cold beer what have tasted like during that monumental day? The Delaware State Fair and Big Oyster Brewery will give attendees a chance to live out that imagination with the unveiling of […]

Organizing Delaware State Fair is a team effort

Founded on the ideals of promoting the “betterment of the inhabitants of rural communities” and the “development of a higher degree of efficiency in these occupations (agriculture and horticulture),” the iconic Delaware State Fair has, over the course of 100 years, matured into a traditional and time-honored event. In celebration of the Delaware State Fair’s […]

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