As Summer rolls around, residents of the Hudson Valley begin to see signs go up for the numerous County Fairs that take place. Each county has its own Fair on their Fairgrounds and there are also an array of smaller fairs that take place all around the Hudson Valley. We’ve visited many fairs in our lifetime and have our definite favorites.
Our #1 Fair choice of every Summer is definitely ‘The Dutchess County Fair’ in Rhinebeck, NY
Here are some of the reasons why everyone should go to the Dutchess County Fair…… At Least Once!
According to their Website:
“For six days each August, the bucolic fairgrounds on Route 9, in Rhinebeck, plays host to nearly half a million patrons. The second largest county fair in New York State is the showplace for agriculture in Dutchess County.
The tradition of excellence that has been the Dutchess County Fair for over 170 years offers something for everyone and creates memorable moments that will be cherished for a lifetime.”
The Dutchess County Fair is a Food-lovers Dream
Fair Food is Amazing!!!! With all the choices available for you to enjoy, the Dutchess County Fair has the greatest selection we’ve seen…. Hands Down! They have an Entire section of the Fair called the “Food Mall” (Great name, don’t you think?) housing an incredible assortment of food vendors.
Some food vendors we saw included:
- Sausage and Peppers
- Chicken Wings
- Hamburgers & Hot Dogs
- London Broil Sandwiches
- Taco & Burrito Bowls
- BBQ Foods
- Ice Cream
- And Best of All….. Fries!!!! 😀 (Which is our Go-To Every Year!)
The Dutchess County Fair offers Top-Notch Entertainment
Not only does the Fair offer Great Shows in the GrandStand, they offer free entertainment throughout the fairgrounds.
Free Entertainment in different areas of the Fairgrounds includes:
- Talent Show
- Rosaire’s Racing Pigs
- Milord’s High Dive Show
- Hilby the Skinny German Juggle Boy
- And much more….
This Summer (2017), my daughter and I saw “3 Doors Down” in Concert and last year (2016), we saw “Third Eye Blind” in concert at the Grandstand for a very affordable price. They have different ticket options; the most affordable being the General Admission Floor and numbered, covered benches for an additional fee.
Also performing during the 2017 Fair in the GrandStand are:
- Brothers Osborne
- Marshall Tucker Band
- Old Crow Medicine Show
The Dutchess County Fair offers rides that Everyone will enjoy
The Fair offers wristbands for ride packages, as well as, individual ticket sales for those who are a little more conservative.
There are plenty of rides for all; including classic Fair rides like the Ferris Wheel and Swing Ride (pictured below)
The Dutchess County Fair offers a nice variety of rides for younger children in their Kiddie Land Section. Some highlights include the Carousel and Pony Rides, as well as, as small Roller Coaster.
The Dutchess County Fair has a Petting Zoo and other up-close animal encounters
In addition to the Petting Zoo, Camel Rides, Pony Rides, and various Barns housing animals from Llamas to rabbits, this year the Fair added a Sting Ray encounter (pictured below). I loved the new exhibit and, best of all, it was Free (a donation was suggested). In addition, there was also an area where you could take pictures with a baby Kangaroo (for a $10 fee).
Other Fun Activities at the Dutchess County Fair
- Games, Games and more Fair Games. Everywhere you turn there were an array of Carnival Games.
- Face painting booth (for a fee)
- Sand Art Booth (for a fee)
- A unique Indoor Flea Market offering a variety of vendors
A Few Things to Know Before Visiting the Dutchess County Fair:
- They offer FREE admission to children 11 years old and under
- The Fair takes place over 6 days every August only
- There is always FREE parking
- You can Save some money by ordering your tickets in advance online
- The Fair offers Specials four out of the six days (check their site for more information)
- The Fair is Wheelchair Accessible
- They have ATM station on site for your convenience
- The Fair offers Comfort and Baby Stations on Site in addition to the bathroom
- No Pets (other than Service animals) are allowed on the Fairgrounds
- All Events take place Rain or Shine
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For More Information about the Dutchess County Fair, visit their:
Dutchess County Fair
6550 Spring Brook Avenue
Now tell me… What is your favorite part of the Dutchess County Fair?
Until the Next Adventure….
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