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16th September 2005

4:07pm: Durham Fair, 23-25 September 2005, Durham, Connecticut, U. S. A.
A couple of folks mentioned they'd be interested in
going, so I figured I'd post about it.

From http://www.durhamfair.com/:

"The Durham Fair is the largest agricultural fair in Connecticut. Established in 1916, our fair is traditionally held the last full weekend of September. We feature many traditional agricultural programs year after year, as well as many brand new exhibits, activities and fair food items."

2005 Fair Dates:
September 23, 24 & 25, 2005

Fair Hours:
Friday and Saturday 9 am - 11 pm
Sunday 9 am - 7 pm

bedfull_o_books goes most years, and most years I go with her. This is one of those years. She likes visiting all the animals. I go to eat. There are also carnival rides.

Oh, and not to forget the tractor pull. :)

Anyway, it's $12 at the gate, $10 if you buy tickets in advance via Liberty Bank ATMs (which are scattered between Middletown and North Haven, CT).

Comment, send me email, or call my cell if you're interested. We'll probably be going either Saturday or Sunday. Carpooling is a really, really good idea.
4:40pm: The Big E, West Springfield, MA, September 16 - October 2, 2005
I think we may be going to this but I'm not sure. Ask bedfull_o_books for more details. If we are, I'll post more.

From http://www.thebige.com/
"Welcome to Eastern States Exposition and The Big E. We are a not-for-profit educational institution committed to excellence in providing year-round opportunities for the development and promotion of agriculture, education, industry and family entertainment while preserving our New England heritage.

"For 17 days each September, we are proud to produce the nation's ninth largest fair, The Big E, right here on our grounds in West Springfield, Massachusetts. The Big E is also the largest fair in the northeast with participants and guests that come from along the eastern seaboard as well as throughout the country."

Eastern States Exposition
1305 Memorial Avenue
West Springfield, MA 01089
413-737-2443
Info Line - 413-205-5115

Hours:
Gates open at 8 a.m. Most exhibits and buildings are open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Avenue of States: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Magic Midway: daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (except Sun., Oct. 2, closing at 9 p.m.)
Storrowton Village: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Craft Common: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Adults:
Mon. - Fri., $12
Sat. or Sun., $15

Parking
Mon. - Fri., $5
Sat. or Sun., $10
Parking for our guests is in our lot at Gate 9.
The handicapped parking and covered drop off area is located inside the Gate 9 parking area at Gate 9A.
Additional private lots are located throughout the neighborhood and are not affiliated with The Big E.

Carpooling is an even better idea for this one.
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