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Delaware State Fair

18500 South DuPont Highway
302-398-3269

The Delaware State Fair, as it is known today, began as an idea quietly conceived around a potbelly stove in the Harrington railroad station in 1919. The number of community-focused residents interested in starting this enterprise grew quickly as word of the plan leaked out. As the number who showed up for meetings grew, it became obvious that the railroad station could no longer serve as the meeting spot, and the group began to meet at the fire hall. The drive of these ambitious men helped formulate the Kent and Sussex County Fair which was incorporated in January 1920.

The original purpose of the corporation was "to have or manage a fair or exposition for the purpose of promoting and encouraging Agriculture and of giving pleasures and diversions to the inhabitants of rural communities within the State of Delaware."

On February 17, 1920, 30 acres were purchased for $6,000 and helped to formulate the layout of the track and grandstand. With plans for exhibits in seven categories, the first Fair opened on-time on July 27, 1920 and continued for four days. Admission was 25 cents for children 6 to 12 and adult admission was 50 cents. Parking wasn't free back then, as each vehicle was charged 25 cents. Through admission and ticket sales of events such as the "Big Motorcycle Race" and harness racing, the Fair achieved a net profit of $43.90. The profit and the patrons' indication of having had a wonderful time prompted plans for the next year's Fair with plans to make it "Bigger and Better Than Ever."

Today, the Kent and Sussex County Fair is now known as the Delaware State Fair and boasts attendance of over 307,000. As it exists today, the nearly 300 acre fairground encompasses several businesses including The Centre Ice Rink, the Harrington Raceway, Inc., and the Midway Slots & Simulcast. Despite the awesome trend of bringing dynamic entertainers and a thrilling carnival, the Fair maintains its roots in agriculture. And every year, the Fair continues its tradition of being "Bigger and Better Than Ever."



Reviews

Erika Showell

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018
I actually didn't go to the fair I went to the casino. I like how it's always clean here. The food and drinks are good. The bathrooms are always clean. The music is a good selection. Staff is always friendly and helpful if needed. It's as nice as most other casinos and love that it's in the country so I don't have to deal with city traffic. I will return and recommend this casino to others!

Kelly Stapleford

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
I love this place I've been here every year since 1996 however why are the prices so high for the for the gate admission .just to bring a family I have to take out a loan to bring my entire family here back in 1996 I was able to bring my family at least three times during the fair now I can only bring them once because the prices of the gate admission is so high.why do they do that? I spend so much money here at the fair and yet I can only take them once for the 10 days at the fair is here why don't they have a family admission like a Groupon it's so sad how high the prices Gates emission have gone up

Kathy Hutson

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Thursday, April 19, 2018
Love the fair it has a variety of rides, tons of booths, great shopping, lots of animals and attractions (we love feeding the giraffe every year), and a great line up of live entertainment ranging from Toby Keith, Jeff Dunham, 3 doors down, and much more that changes every year!! Cant forget the crash Derby and live rodeo too! So much to do every year and never disappoints.

Major Arnett

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Went for final leg of triple crown, saw some history. Had great time with family. Then nice dinner at the CAFE

Ruby K

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Monday, June 11, 2018
Awesome, love Kane Brown. Just wish there were more beer trucks and food trucks and lines were too long to wait in the line. But I will go back to the next concert

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