Aug 3, 2013
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Middlesex, New Haven County 4-H Fair in Durham: Much More Than Great Baked Potatoes

Middlesex, New Haven County 4-H Fair in Durham: Much More Than Great Baked Potatoes

Catherine Avalone/The Middletown Press

Deep River resident Eli Zube, 13, of Oak Ridge Farm takes a short break from his chores at the Middlesex & New Haven County 4-H Fair at the Durham Fairgrounds Friday evening to give a little attention to Jake and Jessie, a one-year old Brown Swiss twin Holsteins. The fair runs today from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The 87th Middlesex and New Haven County 4-H Fair kicked off Friday with a new theme aimed at trying to prepare people to be productive citizens in all walks of life.

The event, which runs until Sunday afternoon at the Durham Fairgrounds, features animals, food and refreshments, a tractor driving show, home crafts and more.

Crew members spent most of Friday afternoon preparing. Grace Strillaci, publicity coordinator for the 4-H Fair, assisted with checking in and inspecting the cattle that came in for a dairy show competition slated for Saturday.

“So far, so good,” said Strillaci.

Scores of guests made their way through the entrance near the fairgrounds and stopped by the various food vendors to savor baked potatoes, hot dogs, refreshments and other assorted goods prior to the fair’s opening ceremony. 

According to Fair Project Coordinator Emily McCabe Alger, the event is deeply rooted in agriculture and the organization believes it’s a great way to spend a fun, educational weekend on a fairly affordable budget.

Alger said this year’s theme of “Keep Calm and Join” is a take on the famous motivational poster and saying created by the British during World War II of “Keep Calm and Carry On.” The theme has resulted in several spinoffs in the pop culture. Given its popularity, the fair chose it as a way of connecting with the audience.

Fair President Dan Blizman was finalizing the setup of activities along the fairgrounds with the help of a tractor he was driving. Blizman said he plans to enjoy some of the fair’s festivities, but will mainly be active in keeping the spirit pleasant and enjoyable.

“I’m kinda like the handyman around here,” Blizman said with a laugh.

The fair hours are from 5 to 10 p.m. on Aug. 2, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Aug. 3 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 4. Fair admission is free, but parking is $5 per car. For more details, visit

See the full story at Middletown Press online.

Middlesex, New Haven County 4-H Fair in Durham: Much More Than Great Baked Potatoes

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