The 162nd Dutchess County Fair In Rhinebeck, New York

Real Estate Broker/Owner with JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 10491201242

The 162nd Dutchess County fair began on Tuesday August 21st.   The first day was not so great because of bad weather but since then it has gotten progressively better.

I had not gone to the Fair in years but decided to go with my son today, and we certainly had a great time.  In the past we always attended on the weekend because of work schedule, now I realise we would have had a much better time going during the week since it is less crowded then.

There was so much to see and I made sure to see as much as possible in 3 hours.  First we had lunch, there was so much to choose from but we both decided on Gyros. 

Next we moved over to the machines exhibition.  Here we saw some live demonstration.  The man on the crusher seem to have been a favorite of the crowd maybe it was the blue jean overalls.

We were very fascinated by a water mill which was built by Hugo Gardino of Ghent New York.  This was a replica of a water mill that was in used around 300 BC, and would have been the type of equipment owned by a Mongolian king.

There was so much to see in this section, here are some highlights.


We could not wait to get to this next section.

The Fair is such a great time for families to spend time together.  It was nice to see the grandparents with the grandchildren.


 It was such a good feeling to pass by the rides without stopping.  I still have memories of spending hours in this section. Yes ! this is now history.

Time to leave but I can't find my car and this is why.


The fair is certainly a wonderful Hudson Valley event.  It is also a great economic boost for the Rhinebeck restaurants motels and inns.

It is not too late there are still three days left, this is a great way to spend the weekend.  I had a great time just spending 3 hours, just imagine what fun you could have if you spend the day


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Brian Schulman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552
Jennifer, I've only been to the Duchess County Fair once, but I think it's one of the greatest fairs around.  Thanks for the nice photos.
Aug 23, 2007 11:13 PM #1
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
Jennifer I could post those pictures and blog about the Saline fair. Ours is the first week in Sept. It was started years ago after the agricultural and harvest season. Then as school started they kept it that way. Now that is not very easy to get your kids are motivated for school and then the fair starts. But, it is fun and we enjoy it. Lots of networking.
Aug 23, 2007 11:16 PM #2
DDR Realty
DDR Realty - Newburgh, NY
Orange County NY

Nice pictures. It's always good to spend quality time with the kids and have fun in the process.  Looks like you did exactly that at the fair.

Aug 23, 2007 11:46 PM #3
Laurie Mindnich
Centennial, CO
Jennifer, great post.  If I'd known, I'd have called my sister and we'd have taken the kids- it looks like a great fair!
Aug 23, 2007 11:56 PM #4
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Brian - It is really a great Fair and people come from all over.

Missy - I hope you have a great time at this year Saline Fair.

Derrick - I had fun, it was really nice getting away from the phones for a few hours.

Laurie - Keep it in mind for next year it is always this week of August.

Aug 24, 2007 12:39 AM #5
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
Jennifer, I LOVE fairs, I would have never gotten away with only spending three hours!  We have the Old Bethpage Village Restoration and I've been there over the summer, it took me a full day to see it all and I loved it!  I'm glad you had a great time!
Aug 24, 2007 01:11 AM #6
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
Jennifer, we usually go to the Fair in Durham, CT and it draws about 300,000+  people for the weekend.  But it seems to be a given that it will rain on at least one of the days.  But even with the rain, everything goes on and people still find a way to have fun.
Aug 24, 2007 01:50 AM #7
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro
Jennifer-  It looks like you had a fun time.  I love your pictures; especially the one of the pig!!  I was in 4-H growing up and remember going to many a county fair.  I showed sheep.
Aug 24, 2007 07:43 AM #8
Diana Corcoran
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Hudson Valley Properties - Rhinebeck, NY
Rhinebeck Real Estate

Jennifer: I was there yesterday also!!  My husband and I went for first time since our youngest left home for college (she is 28 now). I wrote about her and the fair in another post. Anyway, I was very blue about her birthday.  Usually I am ok but this year it really hit that she was so far away in Atlanta. So my husband and I went and we looked at all the animals she always looked at, and ate some of the food she used to eat and stopped at many places and recollected our time their on her past birthdays.  When we got home we called her to wish her a Happy Birthday and told her we went. She was excited and started blurting out all these memorie she had of the fair. Needless to say by the end of the phone there wasn't a dry eye in the place!  It was like we were there together.  Glad you had a great time and great photos.


PS> Awesome Columbia County Market Report!!

Aug 24, 2007 10:52 AM #9
Paula Henry
Home to Indy Team @ HomeSmart Realty Group - Avon, IN
Realtor - Indianapolis Real Estate - 317-605-4174

As a family we have always loved the fair! The animals, the rides, the shows and food! This is a great presentation!

Aug 24, 2007 03:33 PM #10
Karen Rice
Davis R. Chant, REALTORS - Hawley, PA
Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales
I love the piggy picture!!!!  I missed the Wayne County Fair in Honesdale this year, but I hope to make it to the Greene Dreher Sterling Fair in Newfoundland...coming up soon.  I love fair food!!  
Aug 25, 2007 10:01 AM #11
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Carole - Three hours happens to be my limit,  I think I saw what I wanted to.   I know most people would spend the day not me.

George - You are right, people alway find ways to have fun at the fair even when it rains.  I guess there is enough indoor exhibitions to keep them occupied.

Marchel - I really had fun,  the pigs were also my favorite I was trying to get a good shot of a group of piglets but was not successful.

Diana - Sorry you were missing your daughter, they grow up too fast and go off on their own and it can be a difficult adjustment for the parents.  We will have lunch soon, I am out of town for the week.

Paula- The fair seem to be a traditional American pastime and why not, each member of the family can find something of interest there.

Karen - I hope you make it to the Newfoundland fair a great activity before the end of the warm weather.

Aug 26, 2007 01:28 PM #12
Tara Boettger
HOMEGIRL Home Staging - Poughkeepsie, NY


I went to the fair on Saturday and that was a mistake! It was so hot and humid, my friends and I were dripping with sweat! It was alot of fun though! I even got a jump start on some Christmas presents!

Aug 26, 2007 03:42 PM #13
Ray Nellum
Envision Real Estate Group, LLC. - Fort Smith, AR
Fort Smith Real Estate


It looks like you had a lot of fun, and you took some great pictures.  I love the history that they show there.

Fort Smith Real Estate

Aug 27, 2007 12:03 AM #14
Midori Miller
Talk 2 Midori, LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Digital Marketing Director
Jennifer-That looks like so much fun.  I really would spend my time with the critters.  Thank you for sharing...
Aug 27, 2007 01:47 PM #15
Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699
Jennifer, I got a kick out of not having to stop for the rides and especially when you couldn't find your car. Been there, done that!
Sep 09, 2007 02:32 AM #16
Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC
Hi Jennifer,
I llove fairs and your photo are great, especially the animals.  Our state fair in Raleigh is coming up next month and I hope to go.  Good post, thanks.
Sep 10, 2007 02:23 AM #17
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