Hudson Valley Summer Fairs

June 27th, 2012 by

With the 4th of July quickly approaching and the summer heat beating down on the Hudson Valley, my mind directly gravitates to some of my fondest summer memories in the region. I begin thinking about corn dogs, cotton candy, Ferris wheels, tractor pulls and grandstand performances. The smells of the county fairs start to fill my memory of fair vendors, that water gun game and how every year the day I pick to go it rains. If you’re like me and love the fairs or have children that love it as much as I do then here are some dates and times to mark down of the local county fairs!

The Dutchess County Fair is the largest six-day agricultural fair in New York State and will certainly entertain you and your family through various activities such as the horse shows, Antiques Museum Village, the Northern Dutchess Rod & Gun Club Wildlife exhibit, over

100 concession stands and of course the grandstand music performances. Last year’s events where dampened by Hurricane Irene but this year will be sure toplease as Chubby Checker will return to perform. See Chubby Checker on August 8th before the fair starts on August 21st. For more information on the Dutchess County Fair visit their website,

Open Wednesday to Sunday for two weeks in a row the 172nd Orange County Fair will hit the Orange County Fair Speedway located in Middletown New York, on July 13th to the 29th. The fair’s hours are 2:00 PM to Midnight, Saturday and Sunday while during the week it is only 5:00PM to Midnight. This fair has all the bells and whistles of a traditional fair. With food vendors, craftsmen and a speedway located on site you’ll be sure to entertain the whole family at an affordable price! For more information call 845-343-4826 or visit,

Looking for a free fair? Check out the Putnam County 4-H Fair in Carmel, NY that is running at the end of the month, July 27-29th. This fair highlights all the basic elements of a classic fair with food, fun, educational as well as environmental exhibits and of course animals at the Putnam County Veteran’s Memorial Park.  For more information on this 4-H fair visit their website at

Hopefully you can check out one if not all of these fairs and create memories like the ones I carry with me to this day.


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