Dutchess County Fair: Why Everyone Should Go to this Fair, At Least Once

*Due to the continued concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19, the Dutchess County Fair has been cancelled for 2020. Check their website for updated information regarding the 2021 Dutchess County Fair.

As Summer rolls around, residents of the Hudson Valley begin to get excited about the the many Festivals and County Fairs that take place. Each county has its own County 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 and can tell you that the Dutchess County Fair is our favorite by far! 

The Dutchess County Fair is one of the most popular Summer Fairs and we can see why people come from all around to experience it!  

Where/When does the Dutchess County Fair Take Place?

The Dutchess County Fair is held every August at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY.

According to Google Maps, the Fairgrounds are approximately 90 minutes North of Yonkers, early in the morning before the Fair has even started.

That being said, there is one road in and one road out of the Fairgrounds, so expect a whole lotta traffic. This is a popular event and, of course, the weekends are more crowded. So allow yourself plenty of time and lots of patience to get there.

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 updated Entrance to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds where the Dutchess County Fair takes place every August.

Welcome to the Dutchess County Fair Sign located at entrance. The Fair takes place in Rhinebeck, NY.

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
  • Popcorn
  • And Best of All….. Fries!!!! 😀 (Which is our Go-To Every Year!)

The food selection at the Dutchess County Fair is abundant and so good! The Food Mall at the Fair is always full with patrons.

People often go to the Dutchess County Fair to enjoy delicious Fair Food. Sausage and peppers and wings is a patron favorite.

Sunset at the Food Mall at the Dutchess County Fair.   French Fries are the best County Fair food available. And at the Dutchess County Fair the fries do not disappoint!

The Dutchess County Fair offers Top-Notch Entertainment

Not only does the Fair offer Great Shows at the Main Stage/GrandStand, they also offer free entertainment throughout the Fairgrounds.

Some of the Free Entertainment that you can find throughout the Fair include:

  • Talent Show
  • Rosaire’s Racing Pigs
  • Milord’s High Dive Show
  • Hilby the Skinny German Juggle Boy
  • And much more….

The Summer this post was written (2017), my daughter and I saw “3 Doors Down” in Concert and the year before (2016), we saw “Third Eye Blind” in concert at the Grandstand for a very affordable price.

Third Eye Blind Concert at the Dutchess County Fair

2018 Featured “The WallFlowers” in concert, as well as, Kane Brown, Chris Lane and Kip Moore

They have different ticket options; the most affordable being the General Admission Floor. They also offer assigned, covered benches for an additional fee. 

3 Doors Down at the Dutchess County Fair

Three Doors Down Concert at the Dutchess County Fair

Also performing during the 2017 Fair in the GrandStand:

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 only want to experience a hand full of rides.  

There are plenty of rides for all; including Classic Fair rides, like the Ferris Wheel and Swing Ride 

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

Pony Rides are great for the kids at the Dutchess County Fair. Children love the opportunity to ride a pony and the best part is that it's in a safe environment.

Rides are abundant at the Dutchess County Fair. There is something for everyone to love at the Fair.

Why not spend a beautiful August afternoon at the Dutchess County Fair?

If you're more of a dare devil, then the Fair Swings are for you! The Dutchess County Fair has the tallest one I've ever seen.

The Fun House Ride at the Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck, New York  Sunset at the Dutchess County Fair is my favorite time of the day. The rides look amazing and the photos come out stunning!

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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, the Fair added a Sting Ray encounter to the list.

I loved the exhibit and, best of all, it was Free (a donation was suggested). 

The families at this exhibit seemed to enjoy it as much as I did.

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

Games Galore at the Dutchess County Fair

Everyone loves games at Fairs and especially so at the Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck, New York. This Summer event is a tradition for many families.

Playing games at the Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck, New York

In Conclusion

Now that you’ve seen all the great things at the Dutchess County Fair, make sure you make this event something that you visit, at least once…

Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

Summer is always full of adventures and memories that will last a lifetime.

A Few Things to Know Before Visiting the Dutchess County Fair:

  • This fair is perfect for: Everyone – Young and Old
  • Cost: At the time of posting, General Admission is $15/pp
    • They offer FREE admission to children 11 years old and under
  • Days/Hours: The Fair takes place over 6 days every August only
  • Parking: There is always FREE parking
  • You can Save some money by ordering your tickets online in advance 
  • The Fair offers Specials four out of the six days (check their site for more information)
  • The Fair is Wheelchair Accessible
  • They have ATM stations 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

For Additional & Updated Information,
visit their:
Website: dutchessfair.com

Dutchess County Fair
6550 Spring Brook Avenue
Rhinebeck, NY


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The perfect day at the Dutchess County Fair includes food, rides, entertainment and a concert (if you're lucky)!