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Harrington - Delaware State Fair

18500 South DuPont Highway

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."


Erika Showell

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!

Michael Vaccari

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018
Had great fun losing money at the Casino...this time. But we're still ahead overall. It's a great rest stop halfway between Virginia and NJ.

Jake The Snake

Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017
Okay so the 9 bucks getting in, you might as well get a wristband for the rides unless you plan on riding only 1 or 2, you will see with the ticket prices. Some of the carnival game guys drink a little too much later in the evening so get there early. Great variety of "not everyday" foods. Where else can you get a gator kabob. In larger crowd and concert standing just be aware some people like that opportunity to pick pocket, so keep you valuables in the locked car or in your front pockets.

Deborah Parker

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018
Enjoyable place. Fun time although I didn't win. plus the food wasn't up to par. Chittlings were chewy no taste.

Bobby Dean

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018
Last day and birthday with my granny.. I will miss, her she gave me strength when I didn't think I had it in me. You taught me right from wrong and pushed me to find my true me.

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