25 More Things Every Hudson Valleyite Must Do!

Back in 2007, we told you about 20 local activities — from dining at the CIA to taking a swim in the Hudson — that help separate true Valleyites from the out-of-town tourists and weekend wannabes. But — we now realize — that list wasn’t half long enough. Here are 25 more can’t-miss Valley pursuits to spice up your late summer/early fall weekends


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7. Attend the Dutchess County Fair

Close to 500,000 people pass through the turnstiles at the Rhinebeck fairgrounds each year to attend this six-day country extravaganza, which combines traditional fair events (agricultural competitions and the like), performances by top-shelf entertainers, and a midway full of rides, games — and food. First held in 1842, the fair — while not the oldest in the state (that distinction belongs to Watertown) — is undoubtedly one of the best. This year’s version runs from Aug. 24-29; don’t miss performances by country superstar George Jones and the rock band Foreigner, the popular racing pigs and husband-calling contests, and the Hudson Valley Idol talent show. And you can’t claim you’ve really done the fair unless you’ve sample the fried dough — cholesterol be damned, it’s to die for. (For more on the fair, see pages 68-69.)

Dutchess County Fair
845-876-4000 or www.dutchessfair.com
6550 Springbrook Ave, Rhinebeck
August 24 – 29, 2010

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