9/10/2016 - The Great Danbury State Fair

The Great Danbury State Fair - Presentation & Signing

Saturday, September 10th

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Farioly Program Room

The Danbury Fair was first held in 1869 under a borrowed tent. It thrived for more than a century on the same patch of ground, expanding and becoming an entity operated by a family corporation and worth millions. Under the management of oil magnate John W. Leahy, the fair retained its great hometown appeal even as city dwellers flocked to the fairgrounds by the thousands.The Great Danbury State Fair, a history of the 112-year-old event, was published by History Press in 2015.

Author Andrea Zimmermann spins her extensive research and interviews with farmers, concessionaires, management, and fair-goers into a fun and fascinating story. The book includes profiles of the wealthy and innovative men who controlled the fair, and details everything from the massive displays of agriculture, the ox-pull contests, the stock-car racing and freak shows, to the unique-themed villages and the iconic giant figures on the fairgrounds.

Join us for this unique presentation by the author - just in time for fall fair season! Books will be available for purchase for $20.

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