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Delaware State Fair is summer ritual

By Ron MacArthur | Jul 27, 2012
Photo by: Ron MacArthur Where else but the Delaware State Fair would hundreds show up to watch a chicken picking contest. Among the contestants is Matt King, far left, of New Covenant Presbyterian Church in Lewes.

Each summer, Harrington is the focal point of the state during the 10 days of the Delaware State Fair. This year's fair, in its 93rd year, will end Saturday, July 28. The fair is open 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. with the rides opening at 1 p.m. each day. Admission is $6 for adults and children 10 years and older. On Thursday, July 26, admission is free to seniors 60 years of age and older. Go to DelawareStateFair.com for more information.

The rides, games and lights of the Midway are a major attraction at the fair each summer. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Ashley Googe of Newark sheers one of her sheep to get ready for competition. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The Grange has been a favorite eating spot for generations of fair-goers. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Members of the Cape Henlopen High School Band take on the massive job of parking cars in the Delaware State Fair parking area. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Rides of every description await those brave enough to take on the Delaware State Fair Midway. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Hundreds of people compete in a variety of contests each year at the fair. There is even competition for hay and orchard grass. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Quilts made for competition hang from the ceiling after being judged. Contests at the fair include everything from photography and art to vegetables and baking and even door decorating. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
People start to get in line for the July 20 grandstand show featuring Casting Crowns. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Visitors to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control building can take a test and win prizes to learn more about the environment. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Huge, colorful bears are lined up and ready for those willing to risk a few dollars in a game of chance. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Getting into the spirit of the event, Jordan Forston picks chicken as fast as he can. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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