Dutchess County Fair

Dutchess County Fair 2014Dutchess County Fair 2018 General Info

August 21st thru August 26th, 2018

The experience of a lifetime awaits you at the 173rd Dutchess County Fair in quaint Rhinebeck, NY.  Just two hours north of NYC, it's the largest six-day county fair in NY with 162 acres of family fun.  You will be immersed in agriculture with thousands of farm animals while enjoying horticultural displays in a park-like setting.  Learn about the past with a visit to an authentic one-room school house and Antique Village Museum.

Crafters selling one-of-a-kind items and plenty of free entertainment for all ages.  A host of other family activities include petting zoos with domestic, exotic and rainforest animals, racing pigs and dock diving dogs.  Over 50 carnival rides await children of all ages.  Is there food, you asked?  Bring your appetite.  Over 100 vendors serve everything from deep fried Oreos to full-course meals.

The fairgrounds becomes an entertainment destination where big name talent can be enjoyed, “thrill a minute” excitement can be experienced at one of the finest carnivals in the entire country, free shows and attractions can be viewed almost constantly from the time you arrive to the time you leave. The tradition of excellence that has been the Dutchess County Fair for over 160 years offers something for everyone and creates memorable moments that will be cherished for a lifetime.

Dutchess County FairDutchess County Fair General Info - Entrances & aisles are accessible for guests using wheelchairs. Most fair attractions are accessible, however, fair staff are not permitted to assist transporting persons to the ride system. They will, however, provide direction to the extent that they are able. Accommodations have been made on the grounds, in buildings, the grandstand and restrooms to accommodate individuals with disabilities. Accessible parking is available in all public lots. Special needs should be called to the attention of security or fair personnel. Read more…

Accommodations - Please visit for a complete listing of local area hotels and motels. We do not have public camping facilities.

First Aid Station - Event Medical Services personnel are on duty during events throughout the year and during extended hours at Fair time. Minor injuries and ailments are treated at the First Aid Station located near the main restrooms just south of the Main Entrance #1. In the event of serious illness or injury, contact an usher for assistance.

Dutchess County Fairgrounds group rates apply to orders of 25 or more prepaid tickets in total. Two complimentary tickets are provided for ABA or NTA members ONLY.

The lost and found is located at the Show Office in the Administration Bldg on the fairgrounds during all events. While you’re at the Fair, Lost & Found is in the State Police building located near First Aid Station and main restrooms.

Lost Children Station is located by the Main Entrance #1 near the First Aid Station next to Restrooms & Public Telephones.

Dutchess County Fair by Metro-North Train - Take the Hudson Line to Poughkeepsie Station and connect with the shuttle bus which meets specific am and pm trains to/from the Fairgrounds.

Package price from GCT/Harlem-125th Street: adults, $40.50; seniors, persons with disabilities and individuals receiving Medicare, $32.50; children 5-11, $1.50; children under 5, free.

Bus Fare: Not included in package price, pay on board the bus ($5 round-trip). Purchase your package from any Metro-North ticket office or full-service ticket vending machine and through WebTicket.

Dutchess County Fair 2018 Daily Admission

Children under 12: FREE at all times
General Admission: $ Adults
Special Promotion Rates:

August 21st thru August 26th, 2018
Dutchess County Fairgrounds  Rhinebeck, NY 12572  845-876-4000