The Delaware State Fair, Inc. is a diverse, volunteer supported non-profit community based organization that is committed to educating and promoting agricultural heritage and values.
We provide educational exhibits, demonstrations, and competition aimed at the advancement of livestock, horticulture, and agriculture with special emphasis placed on educational activities such as 4-H, FFA and similar youth development programs.
Specifically, the mission of The Delaware State Fair, Inc. focuses on the preservation of the past, promotion of the present, and education in the future, of agriculture, horticulture, mechanical arts, and rural and domestic economy.
The Fair conducts and promotes an annual 10-day fair to serve as its primary medium to achieve its mission. The primary focus of the fair is to serve as a showcase of the talents of the youth and citizens of the community by providing them with a means of education, exhibition and competition involving various livestock and non-livestock projects in which the youth and citizens of the community are involved. The Fair strives to create an event that celebrates an atmosphere of responsible community involvement and citizenship.
The annual fair also highlights the heritage of the community, its ties to agriculture, industry, and businesses that are the backbone of Southern Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Fair’s central Delaware location provides a gathering place for nearby communities to showcase their best resources – their youth, agriculture and a sense of community in addition to their products and skills. Additionally, during the Fair, other community based non-profit organizations benefit from fund-raising opportunities.
The Fair also promotes non-fair events throughout the year that aid in sustaining the fairgrounds, while keeping in focus, the overall mission of the Fair. Operations of the fairgrounds facilities year round are to serve the community by providing multi-purpose facilities for both public and private events in a responsible manner generating economic stimulation and tourism development.
The Fair uses its own Board members, as well as hundreds of volunteers from the community organizations, civic clubs and individuals to make up the necessary manpower and expertise that is needed to ensure that the Fair fulfills its mission.
The Board of Directors of the Fair is comprised of eighty directors and is committed to its mission of supporting youth, agriculture, and community. All revenue generated is reinvested into our various programs and to maintain our facilities.