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10 Hudson Valley County Fairs to Visit This Summer

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

By Jake Mauriello, with additional reporting by Emma Denes

Orange County Fair

Middletown
July 14 – 31

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 thrill-seeking rides and other entertainment.

Saratoga County Fair

Ballston Spa
July 19 – 24

 

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Besides hosting annual truck, dog, and antique bottle shows, the Saratoga County Fair is a time for the whole family to come out and enjoy the county fair experience. Known for its family-friendly environment, this fair guarantees a memorable outing with rides, games, shopping, and other activities.

Greene County Youth Fair

Cairo
July 28 – 31

 

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July belongs to the youth of Greene County. This 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 offers entertainment for all ages. Children can enjoy the activities area, while the adults can enjoy the traditional forestry and conservation displays. And the best part? Admission is free for all ages!

Ulster County Fair

New Paltz
August 2 – 7

With over 20 rides for all ages, exhibitions from the county Sheriff’s Office and local 4-H, and headlining shows from Sass and Brass to Allie Colleen, your pay-one-price ticket to this fair affords you access to all of the above. Don’t forget to indulge in a generous helping of fried dough or a thick milkshake before watching the nighttime fireworks.

Delaware County Fair

Walton
August 15 – 20

Attracting more than 80,000 people each year, this fair offers a diverse assortment of events, local cuisine, and over 1,000 animal encounters. In addition, plenty of farm equipment will be on display, and Dreamland Amusements will return with new rides for the whole family to enjoy.

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Altamont Fair

Altamont
August 16 – 21

 

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Celebrating its 129th year, the Altamont Fair promises to deliver some of the best family-friendly entertainment around, with a slew of rides, food, and entertainment for the 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.

Dutchess County Fair

Rhinebeck
August 23 – 28

For its 176th year, this beloved county fair returns to Rhinebeck. Spend a day at its one-of-a-kind mix of gardens, agricultural exhibits, and the Century Museum Village with costumed storytellers. This year’s fair will also include special performances from Darci Lynne and Chris Janson. Plus, explore traditional fair activities, like hitting the wild rides and trying every type of carnival food you could imagine—a truly memorable way to end the summer!

Columbia County Fair

Chatham Village
August 31 – September 5

The Columbia County Fair will return for its 181st year, complete with midway rides, monster tractors, livestock, crafts, and a firefighter’s parade. As for the headliner, attendees can look forward to a performance from Steve Augeri and The Association.

Schaghticoke Fair

Schaghticoke
August 31 – September 5

 

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Celebrating its 203rd 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. Admission is free for kids under 13 years old.

Yorktown Grange Fair

Yorktown Heights
September 9 – 11

Westchester no longer has a county fair, but it does have this timeless treasure. For almost 100 years, the Yorktown Grange Fair has showcased the community’s cream of the crop. People near and far flock to see the best in vegetables, baking, livestock, and other farm goods. You’ll also find rides, family-oriented activities, live music, and more.

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