The 2013 Dutchess County Fair held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck NY from Aug. 20-25 has something for everybody, from Oscar the talking, walking robot to the skinny German juggler boy, Hilby. Everyone will find something that tickles their fancy.There are cows, goats and animals galore for the animal lovers, as well as and abundance of wildlife like boa constrictors, colorful macaws and a devious Capuchin monkey. There are classic horse shows and sheep shearing and contests and don't forget the racing pigs! You can find the complete schedule of events on line. Just click the link above. If animals don't appeal to you, then come away to one of the other barns or pavillions.
You'll find a wonderful display of landscaping art for all seasons, replete with waterfalls set in winter, spring, summer and fall scenes. A miniature hut in the landscaping barn won first prize with their artistic arrangement of flowers in a rainbow of seasonal colors. Be sure not to miss that1 For the history buffs and antique hunters, there's the antique museum that will take you back in time to Singer sewing machines, ice houses, handmade quilts, printing presses and of course the hub bub of town life, the general store! Just outside you'll find those wonders of the first modern machinery, putting along on gas while sawing wood, crushing stones, splitting wood, grinding corn, conveying stones--all without electric! Pick up your free commemorative print and for a dollar a cedar shake branded with the fair's insignia.
If fair food is what your looking for, the Dutchess County Fair has it all--from filafils to fried chicken, fresh squeezed lemonade to those incredibly yummy, thick ice cream shakes at the Dutchess Agricultural Booth (the former 4H booth). There's good music too with the strains of Andean wood pipes floating through the air, as well as the featured guest artists each night. If you need a good laugh, don't miss Hilby, one of the funniest juggling acts this side of the pond.He'll challenge your sense of humor and tickle your funny-bone as well as entertain you with tricks, fire juggling and an assortment of variety show acts. Make sure you get there early to see him put on his German outfit.
Of course there all the barns filled with arts and crafts, photography, vegetable and flower prize winners, blue ribbon brownies,demonstrations of all sorts and types, and plenty of vendors--jewelry, t-shirts, clothing, fair gadgets, tools of all sorts, garden supplies,leather goods, toys and on and on. I especially enjoyed the fabulous array of flowers and the beautiful quilts.For the children and teens there's plenty of rides and kid's entertainment as well as loads of fun quirky toys and souvenirs. And if you need to take a break, there's lots of shade, as well as a quiet little park with benches and flowers.So make sure you don't miss this classic of county fairs!