Summer Fairs & Festivals in Hudson Valley, Upstate NY 2012

Summer’s in full swing, and the Valley is buzzing with events for all ages


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dutchess county fairDutchess County Fair

County Fairs:

Dutchess County Fair, Rhinebeck NY

(Aug. 21-26)

Last year the largest six-day agricultural fair in New York State had to shut down early because of Hurricane Irene, but this year it’s back with all the fun you’ve come to expect. Fair features include a kiddie land; classic rides; the Antiques Museum Village; the Northern Dutchess Rod & Gun Club Wildlife Exhibit; Bixby’s Rainforest Rescue; arts and crafts; livestock showing and racing; grandstand music performances; horse shows; Horticulture Center. Close to 150 concession stands make their appearance as well; don’t miss the legendary milkshakes. Last season’s concert by Chubby Checker, father of the Twist, was cancelled by Irene, but he returns this year on Aug. 8.

Orange County Fair, Middletown NY

(July 13-29)

This year the fair is back to two weeks, but still open Wednesday to Sunday. The ground’s Orange County Fair Speedway is the oldest continuously operated dirt track in the country and the epicenter of the fair’s activities.

Putnam County 4-H Fair, Carmel NY

(July 27-29)

Visit the Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park for food, animals, educational and environmental exhibits, and talent show. And it’s all free.

ulster county fairAerial photo of the Ulster County Fair

Ulster County Fair, New Paltz NY

(July 31-Aug. 5)

This year marks the fair’s 125th anniversary. Always a bargain at $15 bucks for admission, with parking, entertainment, and rides included. Opening night is Carload Night, just $40 per car. Once you’re in there’s all the fun a fair can provide, from 4-H exhibits to country music.

Columbia County Fair, Chatham NY

(Aug. 29-Sept. 3)

Wrap up your summer of fun with music, rides, and lots of food; livestock competitions; the exotic Two by Two Zoo; flower, garden, and historical exhibits; a Painted Pony Rodeo; demolition derby; monster truck pull, and much more.


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