GROUNDS
ENTERTAINMENT

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AROUND THE GROUNDS

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WADE SHOWS
MIDWAY CARNIVAL

 

Rides, Games, and Prizes oh my!

Come enjoy the Wade Shows Carnival, try your luck at the carnival games or enjoy the assortment of kiddie rides, thrill rides, family rides and spectacular rides! For more information and to purchase wristbands check out the carnival page!

Hours of Operation

July 21: 5PM to 11PM

July 22 - 30: 1PM to 11PM

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HOLLYWOOD RACING PIGS
 

DAILY RACES ON ARENA AVENUE
On your mark! Get set! GO!
Watch as the little piggies race for a prize and have fun cheering on your favorite pig!

Showtimes

July 21 - 30: 2PM, 4PM & 7:30PM

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TUMBLEWEED CROSSING 
 

DAILY SHOWS IN THE MACHINERY LOT
Take a light-hearted trip back to the Wild West with Tumbleweed Crossing, where laughs fly like bullets and hilarity is the law of the land!  This Old West town comes to life with a show filled with thrilling stunts, crowd pleasing family friendly comedy and special effects.  The good guys always win and the audience always laughs.

Showtimes

July 21 - 30: 1:30PM, 4PM & 7PM

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TOUCH A TRUCK
 

Kids of all ages are encouraged to explore the world of giant trucks, specialty vehicles and construction equipment!

Hours of Operation

July 21 - 30: 12PM to 8PM

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BUTTER SCULPTOR

DAILY IN THE EXHIBIT HALL
A new attraction to the Fair, the butter sculptor! Throughout the 10 days of fair the butter sculptors will be working to create a masterpiece entirely out of recycled butter.  Swing by every day and see the progress of the Butter Sculpture!

Hours of Operation

July 21 - 30: 12PM - 9PM

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47 ABC LIVE BROADCAST

DAILY IN THE EXHIBIT HALL
You can be part of 47 ABC Live Broadcast! Join this fun and lively crew for a fair broadcast, followed by a nightly game of Family Feud!

Showtimes

Monday - Friday at 5:30PM

Saturday & Sunday at 6PM

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NIGHTLY DELAWARE STATE
FAIR PARADE

 

Grab your spot along the parade route to enjoy the Delaware State Fair nightly parade. The parade features floats, marching bands, antique tractors and more!

EVERY NIGHT AT 7PM

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CAROUSEL ORGAN
 

Come check out the recreated Carousal Organ still playing timeless carnival music.

Hours of Operation

July 21: 12PM - 10PM

July 22 - 30: 9AM - 10PM

SPONSOR COURT

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BMX FREESTYLE TEAM
 

Join us in welcoming Robert Castillo’s BMX Freestyle Team for their first time at The Delaware State Fair! This is a high-energy, thrilling BMX Freestyle Stunt Show that will be fun for the whole family!

Showtimes

July 21 - 30: 1PM, 4PM & 7:30PM

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CIRCUS HOLLYWOOD
 

The Circus Hollywood is back again for another year. Full of family entertainment, the circus includes acrobats, animals, stunts, clowns and more! All in an open-air environment!

Showtimes

July 21 - 30:  5PM & 8:30PM

Additional 12PM shows:

July 22, 23, 24, 26, 29 & 30

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CAMEL SHOW
 

Come see the camels up close as they perform in Circus Hollywood’s Camel Show! This show is both fun and informative, you’ll learn all about these interesting creatures with their trainer!

Showtimes

July 21 - 30: 3PM & 6:30PM

ROAMING ACTS

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SAFARI SAM AND OSCAR THE AWESOME OSTRICH
 

Keep an eye out for Safari Sam and Oscar the Ostrich! Oscar loves getting his picture taken, so make sure you get a picture with him and share it with us on social media!

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THE FRITTERS
 

Be on the lookout for our friends the Fritters! They will be roaming the fairgrounds looking to entertain crowds of all sizes. They’re ready for lots of pictures and lots of laughs!

HERTRICH PLAZA
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

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ADAM CALVERT

Ohio native, singer songwriter Adam Calvert is an up and coming independent country artists making a name for himself in the country music scene. Adam was nominated on MTV’s hit musical reality show, “Taking the Stage”. He also has a new single out now, “Party On”, that he can’t wait to sing on stage!

Showtimes

July 21 - 30: 7PM & 9PM

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CATHERINE HICKLAND

American Actress, Entertainer, Author, Entrepreneur, Speaker, and Professional Hypnotist - Catherine Hickland is best known for her starring roles on Daytime Television, and Broadway, most notably as the award winning role of Lindsay Rappaport on ABC’s One Life To Live.  One of the very few females in the business of Hypnosis as stage entertainment, Cat is at of the top of her field, as one of the most sought after hypnotists today.

Showtimes

July 21 - 30: 6PM & 8PM

BUILDING ENTERTAINMENT

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AG COMMODITIES BUILDING

Visit the Delaware Department of Agriculture's Commodities Building and see the products and programs Delaware Agriculture has to offer!

Hours of Operation

July 21: 12PM - 8PM

July 22 - 30: 10AM - 8PM

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DNREC BUILDING

Come visit the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control where you can discover the science behind the work DNREC does to protect the environment and Delaware’s natural resources.

Hours of Operation

July 21 - 30: 12PM - 8PM

July 26: 10AM - 8PM

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4-H/FFA BUILDING

Stop on into the Centre for a nice blast of air conditioning. While you're there be sure to take a look at all of the exhibits entered by local 4-H and FFA members throughout the State of Delaware!

Hours of Operation

July 21: 5PM - 9PM

July 22 - 30: 9AM - 9PM

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DOVER BUILDING

Exhibits in the Dover Building open for the public to view.  Departments in this building include Arts & Crafts, Children's, Culinary, Farm, Fruit & Apiary, Flowers, Garden Vegetable, and Needlework. 

Hours of Operation

July 21: 12PM - 9PM

July 22 - 30: 9AM - 9PM

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DELAWARE BUILDING

Exhibits in the Delaware Building are open for the public to view. A great place for the family to come check out all that the First State has to offer. Presented by the University of Delaware.

Hours of Operation

July 21 - 30: 12PM - 8PM

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EXHIBIT HALL

Visit the Exhibit Hall for a nice blast of air conditioning while also shopping! Here you can see many of our Delaware State Fair Sponsors and check out certain vendors.

Hours:

July 21: 12PM - 10PM

July 22 - 30: 11AM - 10PM

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MARKETPLACE TENT

Shop until your heart is content at the largest retail collaboration in the area! This air conditioned building consists of a wide variety of vendors for all to enjoy.

Hours of Operation

July 21: 12PM - 11PM

July 22 - 30: 11AM - 11PM

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FIRST STATE MODEL 
RAILROAD CLUB DISPLAY

DAILY IN THE DELMARVA BUILDING

You’ll hear the real sounds of bells and whistles as you approach the First State Model Railroad Club Display Model trains, towns, bridges, mountains, detailed vehicles and people are all part of this awesome display!

Hours of Operation

July 21 - 30: 11AM - 9PM

SPECIAL EVENTS

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HORSE PULL

Friday, July 22
6PM - 8PM

Quillen Arena

Mark your calendars for the Horse Pull Contest, in memory of Billy Ray Collison. Come see the incredible strength of these horses as they pull weight up to 3,420 pounds or more!

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DELAWARE STATE DUCK & GOOSE CALLING CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday, July 23
10:00AM - 4PM

Hertrich Plaza

Callers are invited to compete in the Delaware State Duck and Goose Calling Championship sponsored by DNREC in conjunction with Delaware Ducks Unlimited in junior and senior levels! There will also be a duck and goose senior level contest to name the Delaware State Champions. Registration begins at 9AM!

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ANTIQUE MACHINERY
SHOWCASE

Saturday, July 23
10AM - 5PM

Quillen Arena

Travel back in time as we re-visit the history of agriculture in Delaware. This event will feature antiques dating back to the early 1900s (some before). With antique tractors, broom makers, craftsmen and more, the Antique Machinery Showcase will give fairgoers a glimpse into the past and celebrate the growth of agriculture and the Fair. Presented by the Delaware Department of Agriculture. 

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CHICKIN PICKIN

Sunday, July 24
3PM - 5PM

Hertrich Plaza

It’s the battle of the quickest hands. Come
see the contestants face off to see who
can pick and shred the most off a cooked
chicken! Presented by Mountaire Farms.

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KIDS' DAY

Tuesday, July 26
Hertrich Plaza

Come join us for an exciting day of fun! We’ve got new things happening on Kids’ Day, so come see what exciting activities we have in store, there is plenty to enjoy on this day!

• Free Admission to youth 12 and under
• Stage entertainment on the Hertrich Plaza Stage
• Kids’ activities
• Character meet and greets

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LIVESTOCK
EXTRAVAGANZA

Tuesday, July 26
7PM - 10PM

Kent Building

Watch some of Delaware’s Youth as they exhibit the combination of hard work and determination that it takes to raise the best animals in Delaware. Grand and Reserve Champion market hogs, lambs, goats and steer will be selected, as well as the Overall Grand Champion Showman.

Presented by Corteva Agriscience, Farm Credit and Delaware Department of Agriculture.

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PIG KISSIN'

Thursday, July 28
3PM - 5PM

Hertrich Plaza

Contestants try to raise the most money for the Junior Exhibitor Scholarship. Watch them compete in a variety of fun competitions and a chance to kiss the pig!

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JR LIVESTOCK AUCTION

Thursday, July 28
6:30PM - 10PM

Kent Building

Public sale of the Grand and Reserve Champion animals and other top placed livestock from the past week. The Junior Livestock Auction showcases agribusiness education for young livestock owners who selected, purchased and raised some of Delaware’s finest animals. Presented by

Corteva Agriscience and Farm Credit.

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GOVERNOR'S DAY
CEREMONY

Thursday, July 28
Hertrich Plaza

Governor John Carney spends Thursday at the Fair, checking out exhibits, presenting awards and celebrating all that Delaware has to offer. Join us for his Governors Day Awards Ceremony.

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ANTIQUE TRACTOR PULL

Saturday, July 30
9AM - 4PM

Quillen Arena

Don’t miss the Antique Tractor Pull! All Tractors in their respective classes pull a set of weight in the drag (sled). The winner is the one who can pull the drag the furthest. Join us for this traditional competition at the Delaware State Fair!