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10 Hudson Valley County Fairs to Visit This Summer

Photo courtesy of Discover Albany

Old-time summer fun is back and better than ever at local fairgrounds, with family amusements, games, rides, and fair food galore.

July 15–Aug 1: Orange County Fair

It’s all about the engines at the Orange County Fair, where you’ll find the best vehicular entertainment from monster trucks to dirt track racing. Apart from its unique taste in carnival fun, this fair still maintains the county fair feel with traditional and thrill-seeking rides and other entertainment.

Middletown; www.orangecountyfair.com

July 22–25: Greene County Youth Fair

July belongs to the youth of Greene County. The Greene County Youth Fair showcases both the talent and creativity produced through 4-H Club participation. For 4-H Club enthusiasts, this fair is the place to be this summer. Apart from its agricultural grandeur, this fair provides other means of entertainment for all ages. Children can enjoy the activities area while the adults can enjoy the traditional forestry and conservation displays.

Cairo; www.thegreenecountyyouthfair.com

July 23–25: Saratoga County Fair

Besides hosting annual car, truck, and dog shows, the Saratoga County Fair is a dedicated time for the whole family to come and enjoy the county fair experience. Renowned for its family-friendly environment, this fair guarantees a memorable outing with rides, games, and engaging activities.

Ballston Spa; www.saratogacountyfair.org

From July 23–25, stop by the super-fun Saratoga County Fair in Ballston Spa. Photo courtesy of the Saratoga County Fair

Aug 3–8: Ulster County Fair

With over 20 fair rides for all ages, exhibits from the county Sheriff’s Office and local 4H, and headlining shows from Sass and Brass to Emily Ann Roberts, your pay-one-price ticket to this fair gets you access to all of the above. Don’t forget to indulge in a generous helping of fried Oreos or funnel cake before you watch the nighttime fireworks.

New Paltz; www.ulstercountyfair.com

Aug 16–21: Delaware County Fair

Attracting more than 80,000 people each year, this fair offers a diverse assortment of events, local cuisine, and 1,000+ animal encounters. In addition, Dreamland Amusements will return with new rides.

Walton; www.delawarecountyfair.org

Aug 17–22: Altamont Fair

Celebrating its 126th year, the Altamont Fair promises to deliver the best with a plethora of rides, food, and entertainment for the Hudson Valley and Capital Region. Apart from its traditional fair attractions, Altamont features a variety of museums and fun attractions, including Sherman’s lumberjack show, archery, and Dynamo Dogs.

Altamont; www.altamontfair.com

Aug 24–29: Dutchess County Fair

For its 175th year, this beloved county fair returns to Rhinebeck. Spend a day at its one-of-a-kind mix of gardens, agricultural exhibits, and Century Museum Village with in-costume storytellers. Plus, explore traditional fair activities, like hitting the wild heartbeat-inducing rides and trying every type of carnival food you could imagine, for a truly memorable way to end the summer.

Rhinebeck; www.dutchessfair.com

Sept 1–6: Columbia County Fair

The Columbia County Fair hopes to return for its 181st year, bringing back midway rides; monster tractors, livestock, and crafts; and a firefighters’ parade. At press time, these dates are tentative and subject to change.

Chatham Village; www.columbiafair.com

Sept 1–6: Schaghticoke Fair

Celebrating its 202nd year, the Schaghticoke Fair hails as the third oldest fair in the state. Besides the abundance of rides, baked goods, crafts, and animals, this event also hosts a horse show and horse-jumping competitions. Free admission for kids under 13 years old.

Schaghticoke; www.schaghticokefair.com

Sept 10–12: Yorktown Grange Fair

Westchester no longer has a county fair, but it does have this timeless treasure. For almost 100 years, the Yorktown Grange Fair has been showcasing the community’s cream of the crop. People near and far come to see the best in vegetables, baking, livestock, and other farm goods. Details of this year’s fair were not available at press time, but normally you’ll find rides, family-oriented activities, and live music, and more.

Yorktown Heights; www.yorktowngrangefair.org

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