County fair cut short, but still lots of fun

Herdsman Richard Stickle Jr. and show-herd manager Kathleen Marshall displayed the banner that General Cochran Farm, which they work for, won for premiere breeder of Holsteins at the Dutchess County Fair. The farm, which is located in Amenia and owned by David Hammond, entered 21 animals in the show and took home a stack of awards, including one for grand champion bull.Photo By Stefanie Giglio

RHINEBECK — Last week, Dutchess County hosted its 166th annual county fair at the fairgrounds in Rhinebeck.

The fair was cut two days short due to Hurricane Irene’s fast approach, but between Tuesday, Aug. 23, and Friday, Aug. 26, thousands of people enjoyed milk shakes, cotton candy, carnival rides, fair games, live music performances and shopping.

A county fair would be sorely lacking if it didn’t also include livestock shows, and the Dutchess County Fair didn’t disappoint.

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