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The Danbury Museum & Historical Society is hosting two free events tomorrow (10/15/22).  The first begins at 2pm, it's an program that celebrates The Great Danbury State Fair. The program will be presented by Jack Stetson and attendees are asked to pre-register on the Danbury Museum and Historical Society website.

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Saturday's fun at the Museum continues at 4 pm when the Museum hosts its final free concert of the season. The Museum will play host to the band Joe West & the Creative Forces. That concert will take place in the Museum's beautiful gardens and it's the final concert of this season. The Museum encourages fans to bring some friends, a chair and some snacks.

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The Danbury Museum & Historical Society is located at 43 Main Street.

Fun Facts about the Great Danbury State Fair:

  • It opened in 1869.
  • If it were still running today, it would have been going for over 150 years.
  • The Fair closed in 1981.
  • The original Danbury State Fair began as a three-day event but became so popular that it was extended to 10 days each year.
  • The Fair was suspended twice during its legendary history, the first time was in 1918 because of the Spanish Influenza Epidemic and then again during WW II from 1942 to 1945.
  • The Uncle Sam statue (below) that stands today, in front of the Danbury Railway Museum, once stood tall at the Great Danbury State Fair.
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If you're reading this on October 14, 2022, feel free to head to the Museum for free COVID-19 Vaccinations between 10 am - 4 pm. The Museum is also proud to offer free tours of facility between now and December 17, 2022 thanks to a grant from the Danbury Cultural Commission. Those tours are available on Fridays and Saturdays.

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I highly encourage a trip to the Danbury Museum.

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The Hat City has such a rich and exciting history to celebrate. The museum is also run by brilliant, passionate individuals who care deeply about the story of Danbury. What are you waiting for?

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Look, that was a lot of information to digest so take a minute. If you have any further questions about the Museum, the Historical Society or their programs, feel free to visit their website.

Despite the "blue" nature of the I-95 Morning Show, we do celebrate, honor and discuss the history of the Greater-Danbury area as often as possible. If you like to laugh & love local history, the Ethan, Lou & Large Dave Show is for you. You can listen on "old media" at 95.1 FM or stream the show on the I-95 Rock Mobile app between 6-10 each weekday morning. If you miss the show, listen to us On-Demand with the podcast, available on Apple, Spotify, Google, or wherever you get podcasts.

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