Danbury Fair Days

Danbury Fair Days (HM1CLU)

Location: Danbury, CT 06810 Fairfield County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 23.738', W 73° 27.209'

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- The Museum in the Streets -

— Danbury, Connecticut —

The origins of the Danbury Fair began in 1821 when the Fairfield Agricultural Society held gatherings in Elmwood Park on Main Street. The event gave farmers an opportunity to discuss farming methods and showcase the fruits of their labor.
Hat manufacturer Rundle & White organized The Danbury Farmers & Manufacturers Society in 1869. The new organization held its first fair in a "rough board, one-story building and small tent borrowed from the Barnum & Bailey Circus" on the site of a new trotting track called Pleasure Park.
Beginning in the 1870s, the first week of October became known as Fair Week and Main Street decorated for an annual kickoff parade. Streetcars ran from City Hall Square to the fair grounds. By 1901, the influx of out-of-town visitors required special trains to accommodate the crowds.
In 1946, John W. Leahy became the sole owner of the Danbury Fair. His keen showmanship helped propel the status of the event into one of the biggest of its kind in the East. In addition to the agricultural and livestock displays, he transformed it into a virtual city of paved expanses, modern exhibit buildings and midway attractions.
The horse races of the early years evolved into auto races in 1904 and were followed by midget car races from 1940 to 1964. The Southern New York Racing Association made its debut during Fair Week in 1951 and continued to fill the grandstands for summertime stock car races until the last fair was held in 1981.
The once hallowed grounds are now home to The Danbury Fair Mall.
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Marker Number10
Placed ByDanbury Museum & Historical Society
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Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 10:07am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 629285 N 4583831
Decimal Degrees41.39563333, -73.45348333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 23.738', W 73° 27.209'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 23' 44.28" N, 73° 27' 12.54" W
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Area Code(s)203
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 265-273 Main St, Danbury CT 06810, US
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