New York State Police prepare for the 170th Annual Dutchess County Fair

Rhinebeck, New York – The 170th Annual Dutchess County Fair will begin on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, in Rhinebeck, NY.   The Dutchess County Fair is the second largest fair in New York State.

Those traveling to the fair can access it by using State Route 9G and State Route 9 to travel North and South from Rhinebeck.  Those coming from the East can travel toward Rhinebeck via State Route 308. Visitors traveling from the West can enter the fairgrounds from State Route 199.  All of the named highways feed into Route 9, making the entry gates to the fair easily accessible.  With the fairs size and popularity, the small community of Rhinebeck bares the influx of approximately 75,000 visitors in a single day.  This influx of visitors highly congests the small infrastructure of Rhinebeck.  Historically, traffic issues will occur and everyone should expect delays due to congestion.

ALL COMMERCIAL VEHICLES are reminded that they are not permitted on village streets to make deliveries to the fair.   Deliveries will be accepted via the north gate, off of Route 9, before 9:00 a.m.

Fair-goers are advised that the heaviest traffic occurs between the hours of 4-7 p.m. and after the stage shows, at approximately 9-10 p.m.

Fair-goers may tune their car radios to 1610 AM within two miles of the fairgrounds to help them with directions in and out of the Fair.

The State Police are responsible for policing matters and public safety at the fairgrounds and in the parking areas during the week of the fair.  We will be coordinating with fair Security, the Rhinebeck Police Department, Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, along with Fire & EMS to help make this week safe for all who attend.

The State Police have a command post at the fair, staffed from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily.  The Contact number for the Command Post is (845) 876-3074.  Attendees should be aware that they may be subject to bag inspections upon entering or while in the fairgrounds, for public safety.  The Dutchess County Fair is a family friendly event and actions of public nuisance are not tolerated.  Attendees may be removed from the grounds and banned for inappropriate actions.

We look forward to a beautiful week that is filled with family fun.  We hope to have beautiful weather so all fair-goers are able to enjoy their visit.

1 Comment

  1. Are they really going to “bare” 75,000 people a day? Can the local hoosegow “bear” that many people arrested for indecent exposure? Sorry, but I tend to read literally.

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