Virus impacted state fair wraps up

It will be remembered as one without concerts, the nightly parade, food from The Grange and Delaware Farm Bureau, fewer animals, exhibitors, and competitions. The scaled-back version of the fair, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, required major adjustments to a routine that attendees had to get used to that kept the annual tradition alive. “We […]

Young Environmentalists of Year honored at state fair

HARRINGTON — Five dedicated Delaware students were honored for their work to protect, restore or enhance the state’s natural resources at the Delaware State Fair on Thursday as Gov. John Carney and Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Shawn M. Garvin announced this year’s recipients of the DNREC Young Environmentalist of the […]

Livestock buyers sold on fair’s online auction

HARRINGTON — There were still plenty of market animals to choose from at the Delaware State Fair this year, just not in person. Bidders in Friday’s annual Junior Livestock Auction analyzed online videos and photos of the 116 steers, lambs, goats and swine for sale. To avoid health and safety risks during the COVID-19 pandemic, […]

Best Bets: Country’s Calvert tuning up Delaware State Fair

Adam Calvert loves to perform — especially these days. Like most artists, the up-and-coming Ohio-born country singer/songwriter has had a slew of gigs canceled the last few months due to the coronavirus pandemic. So when the Delaware State Fair remained on the schedule, he was more than happy to come do his shows. He has […]

Governor’s Day at State Fair ‘like no other’

HARRINGTON — Gov. John Carney’s alternative lunch was yummy, he recounted after dining at a picnic table under a tent at the Roost early Thursday. Attending the 101st Delaware State Fair required some adjustments to routine, and the governor’s annual feast at the Grange (not open) wasn’t possible. So just after arriving at around 12:15 […]

Milford FFA sweeps all 3 display categories at the state fair

HARRINGTON — This year, the Milford High School branch of Future Farmers of America won all three categories in the display competition at the Delaware State Fair. “We did put a lot of hard work into these displays, so we are very proud of what happened, that we did sweep the board with them,” said […]

Kids get into the (cake) mix at the Delaware State Fair

HARRINGTON — Although circumstances were slightly different this year, young bakers still poured their hearts into their cake mix during the Delaware State Fair’s annual Kids Using Cake Mix competition on Tuesday. “The kids that come in are so excited and their parents are so excited and thank us for still having it,” said Trina […]

Delaware State Fair brings its normal heat wave to Harrington

HARRINGTON — Anyone who purchased an ice cream cone to beat the heat at the Delaware State Fair on Monday had to lick it up fast because it was not going to stay around very long. That’s what Middletown’s Dwayne Nottingham found out as he and his son, Dylan, ate Vanderwende’s ice cream at around […]

Dill funeral procession passes through Delaware State Fair

HARRINGTON — It was a fitting final ride for Alex Eugene “Gene” Dill as his funeral procession went through the gates of the Delaware State Fairgrounds Friday afternoon, touching the very things that he held close to his heart — the animals in the barns, the horses, and perhaps most of all, the 4-H club […]

Best Bets: Delaware State Fair from A to Z

If it’s the end of July, it must be time for the Delaware State Fair. Although concerns over the coronavirus have things looking a little different with social distancing, a mask mandate and no concerts this year, there are still plenty of things to see and do this year in Harrington. Let’s take an alphabetical […]