Durham's tiny population of just 6,600 ballooned 30 times over the course of the Durham Fair last week.
The Durham Fair Association announced this week that over 200,000 people came to the 2013 fair during the past four-day weekend, making this year's turnout the highest it has been in the past 10 years.
In fact, many vendors and nonprofits agreed that 2013 has been their best year, said Debbie Huscher, marketing coordinator for the Durham fair.
"Many ran out of food and had to re-stock several times throughout the weekend," Huscher said.
So what contributed to the success? Huscher said there were a variety of reasons, including the fact that there was beautiful, non-rainy weather all weekend, reduced admission prices, media coverage from all the state television news and Better Connecticut, and new events like the Connecticut Wine Festival.
Plus, the state record for heaviest pumpkin was broken at the fair, with Rocky Hill resident Matthew DeBacco's pumpkin weighing in at 1,766 lbs, Huscher said.