Fairs and Festivals

Once again, it’s that lovely and amazing time of year: summer. After a terribly long, icy winter and slow-starting spring, the sun is shining — and the region is bursting with events ripe for the picking. Whether you’re looking for quality theater, classical music, family fun, or anything in between (and we do mean anything — classic motorcycles, anyone?), there’s a fair or festival somewhere in the Valley to help you celebrate the season


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County Fairs

Orange County Fair

July 23-Aug. 2, Middletown
The annual attractions at this 169-year-old fair include a demolition derby, a kids’ pageant, and America’s only railroad carnival. Check out the Web site for updates. 845-343-4826

Putnam County 4-H Fair

July 24-26, Carmel
Crafts, food, livestock, and Civil War reenactments are part of the fun at this free fair. 845-278-6738

Ulster County Fair

July 28-Aug. 2, New Paltz
The petting zoo, pig races, and baby contest are popular events every year, while this summer’s performance by the Oak Ridge Boys should keep the 122nd edition of the fair rocking. 845-255-1380

Dutchess County Fair

Aug. 25-30, Rhinebeck
This historic funfest — the second largest agricultural fair in the state — attracts half a million happy fans every season. This year, expect special performances by Air Supply, Jason Aldean, and a surprise star who will dance her way onto the stage. 845-876-4001

Columbia County Fair

Sept. 2-7, Chatham
The last Valley fair of the season offers livestock, a rodeo, a fun beauty pageant, and country music superstar Jo Dee Messina. 518-758-1811


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