I marked the end of summer the same way I did as a kid, with a trip last week to the Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck. I’ve been to the giant Ohio State Fair, and our own New York edition in Syracuse, and I can promise that you don’t need to go any farther then two counties north for a top-drawer cows-ice cream-and-rides experience.
The Dutchess County Fair remains, after 160-plus years, a wonderful combination of an agricultural exposition, an ad-hoc shopping mall for things you really don’t need, and a giant carnival. My siblings and I wax nostalgic about how much it’s changed since we were kids, what’s missing and what we miss. But to be honest, much remains that makes it a true county fair, the nearest such to us here in Pelham, and well worth a visit during its six-day run.
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