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The Dutchess County Fair was held from Tuesday, Aug. 23, through Sunday, Aug. 28. As usual, droves of residents from the Hudson Valley and beyond made their way to the Route 9 fairgrounds in Rhinebeck to enjoy the sights, the sounds and the tastes. Photo submitted

The sights, sounds and tastes of Dutchess County celebrated at fair

RHINEBECK — The annual Dutchess County Fair was held from Tuesday, Aug. 23, through Sunday, Aug. 28, and it attracted many, many visitors, as it always does at the end of each August.

Some people said they went to see the variety of livestock and other animals along with the many 4-H exhibits. A quick stop (if the line will also brevity) at the 4-H’s Milkshake Bar always adds to the experience — their mint milkshakes seemed to be a fan favorite.

All who attended the fair tended to agree that the mix of live music, Dock Diving dogs, buttery popcorn; sweet and fluffy cotton candy; fresh lemonade and everything else available at the Dutchess County Fair Grounds in Rhinebeck are worth the trip. There were also numerous arts and crafts venues along with historical exhibits.

Millbrook resident Stan Morse, an artist and a volunteer with the Dutchess County Agricultural Society, was among those who made an appearance at the fair. Morse’s love of art is evident, not just in the execution of the painstaking drawings he does, but in his enthusiasm to share his art and photography with anyone who expresses interest.

Many did so when they  visited Morse and other artists showing their work there.

Although there were fewer exhibits this year than in year’s past, Morse said it was encouraging to be able to share art with the public. According to Morse, pre-COVID pandemic, between 200 and 300 artworks would be entered in the fair’s art contest, but this year only about 100 were.

Four prizes are awarded to the amateur artists, as professionals could not compete. Morse said he hopes more people will be encouraged to enter next year after seeing this year’s exhibit. He said it’s great fun  to visit with folks, draw and mingle at the quintessential summertime event.

— Judith O’Hara Balfe

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