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The Dutchess County Fair Returns to Rhinbeck August 21st - 26th for its 173rd Year!

The highly anticipated Dutchess County Fair returns to the fairgrounds for its 173rd year! Running from Tuesday, August 21st thru Sunday, August 26th, the fair continues to celebrate agriculture in a way that individuals of all ages can enjoy. From the livestock, to the specialty foods and the entertainment, it’s truly an experience for the whole family.

Year after year the fair returns to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, drawing crowds of over 500,000 attendees, the second largest county fair in all of New York State. Whether you plan to join us for a day trip, weekend getaway or the whole week, there’s plenty to see and do to keep fairgoers entertained. The list of vendors and attractions includes agriculture, horticulture, arts and crafts, antiques, crafts food and beverages, rides, live music and so much more! You can purchase advance tickets on admission, rides and concerts here.  

With a focus on agriculture, it should come as no surprise that you’ll see plenty of livestock exhibitors, which bring thousands of dairy cows, beef cattle, sheep, goats, rabbits, hogs, llamas, alpacas and horses to an area known as Livestock Hill. One of the liveliest spots of the fairgrounds, you can witness daily judging, milking demonstrations, wool working and sheep shearing.  Ever been in the presence of a dairy cow birth? Experience something new at the Salute to Agriculture where you can witness the live birth of a calf! And there’s always something for the little ones in the AgVenture Kids Activity Tent, where kids ages 3-10 can get hands-on experience on a mock farm.

Live music amps up the crowds, and this year’s Grandstand concerts will feature The Wallflowers on August 21st, Kane Brown on August 22nd, Chris Lane on August 23rd, Kip Moore on August 24thand The Little Creek Band on August 25th.  In addition to daily concerts, there will be plenty of free attractions and shows including Rosaire’s Racing Pigs, Mentalist Craig Karges, Pawstars Canine Firsbee Dogs, Northeast Lumberjack Show and more!

One of the other main reasons many come to fair is, of course, for the fair food! Snack on fried veggies, corn on the cob, French fries, and fried dough. Bite into a bacon, macaroni and cheese corn dog, over-filled gyro, garlic mozzarella steak or meatball sub for dinner. And top it all off with the taste of churros, taffy, cream puffs, homemade ice cream, and chocolate flavored kettle corn! If there’s any time to indulge it’s at the Dutchess County Fair!

For those with sensory processing issues, #ThinkDifferently Thursday accommodates families with an early opening while disabling lights, music and other sounds from attractions on the carnival midway, because everyone should have the opportunity to experience the fun!

Create memories to last a lifetime at this year’s 173rd Dutchess County Fair! Admission is $15, seniors and veterans are $8, and kids 11 and under are free every day. On a budget? Special promotions entitle fairgoers to admission of $10 on Tuesday. On Thursday after 5pm, admission is $7. On Sunday, the last day of the fair, admission is buy one $15 admission, get one half off; it's $50 for a six-day pass; $25 for an all-day ride pass. All guests are subject to mandatory bag checks at each entrance in order to increase safety at the fair. Fair hours are 10am to 10pm, Tuesday, August 21st through Sunday, August 26th. For information go to http://dutchessfair.com/dutchess-fair/ or call 845-876-4000. Parking is free and can be accessed at Gate #1 at 6636 Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY.

Looking for assistance planning your trip to Dutchess County? From accommodations to dining, here at Dutchess Tourism we can help! Get in touch today for more information about your time at the Dutchess County Fair.

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