Sugarland, Gilbert highlight acts coming to Delaware State Fair

DOVER — A trio of country acts and a contemporary Christian group were announced Tuesday night as part of the concert fare for this year’s Delaware State Fair 100th anniversary season at a special lineup launch party at Grotto Pizza in Dover. About 110 enthusiastic “super fans” were picked out of 5,200 entries on social […]

License plate auction ushers in state fair’s centennial year

HARRINGTON — Uniquely Delawarean, the Delaware State Fair held an auction for low-digit centennial-themed license plates over the weekend, bringing in more than $100,000, according to Danny Aguilar, assistant general manager and director of marketing. Melding the two together was a perfect match for the Murphy and Chorman families, bidder number 6, who went home […]

Best Bets: New year means new things to do in 2019

Now that the holiday hubbub has calmed down, it’s time to turn our attention to what awaits in 2019. The local entertainment is starting to fill up. So let’s look at what we know about so far. •The stages are set for this year’s Firefly Music Festival, slated for three days — June 21-23 — […]

Ventriloquist Darci Lynne to play Delaware State Fair

HARRINGTON — Darci Lynne Farmer, who won NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in 2017 for her singing ventriloquism, will be perform with her puppets at the M&T Bank Grandstand at the Delaware State Fair on July 24. The Delaware State Fair announced the first installment of the concert lineup on Wednesday. The fair’s centennial celebration is […]

State fair final day draws record crowd: Total attendance 2 percent above last year

DOVER — The 99th Delaware State Fair — which wrapped up last Saturday — both increased its total attendance from last year and broke its record for highest single day attendance, according to fair management. This while suffering both oppressive heat and intermittently heavy rain. “Weather certainly was a challenge this year,” said state fair […]

State Fair ends with a bang

HARRINGTON — The 99th annual Delaware State Fair wasn’t a place that Joseph Smith expected to be this past week. However, he said he wouldn’t trade his 10 days spent at the Delaware State Fairgrounds for anything after he kept guard at the gate at the entrance to The Roost Beer and Wine Garden throughout […]

Volunteers work behind the scenes at the state fair

HARRINGTON – Visitors to the Delaware State Fair strolling the carnival grounds, listening to entertainment and touring the barns may have no idea of the work going on behind the scenes. But inside the Exhibit Hall on the fairgrounds, there is a team of volunteers helping to keep other key participants happy. Many hands are […]

BEST BETS: Redhead Express pull into Delaware State Fair

A gamble more than 10 years ago has paid off handsomely for the Walker family of Palmer, Alaska. On Thanksgiving Day 2007, Kendra, LaRae, Alisa and Meghan, who ranged in age from 17 to 11, along with their three brothers and parents, left home in a new RV and trailer in search of a musical […]

DSBF finals highlight Governor’s Day races at state fair

HARRINGTON — Harrington Raceway’s richest program of the season, the annual Governor’s Day program at the Delaware State Fair, was contested Thursday, highlighted by four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund finals for 3-year-olds as well, three of which were won by driver Russell Fos-ter, and program fixtures like the $40,000 Governor’s Cup for older horses. […]

Goat milking contest attracts the cream of competitors at state fair

HARRINGTON — One of the Delaware State Fair’s many livestock competitions is the furnishing of dairy goats. This intense, speed-induced event is for those of all ages from 5 years old to adults. The competition took place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the New Castle Building. Right behind the goat pens, many were released as […]