Almost 80 people in total, who represented the Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce membership, the Dutchess County Agricultural Society, and the Village of Rhinebeck Board of Trustees, gathered for an early morning meeting in the new food pavilion at the Dutchess County Fair Wednesday, opening the second day of the 170th annual fair with breakfast provided by Taste Budd’s Café and keynote speakers Andy Imperati, General Manager of the Dutchess County Fair and Lewis Ruge, President of the Agricultural Society.

RACOC Andy Imperati, General Manager of DC Fair, addresses Rhinebeck Chamber members at breakfast meeting

RACOC Andy Imperati, General Manager of DC Fair, addresses Rhinebeck Chamber members at breakfast meeting.


“This is the third year that the Dutchess County Fairgrounds has hosted and sponsored the August Business Breakfast, and it is a wonderful tradition that allows our members to experience the fairgrounds in a very unique fashion,” says Colleen Cruikshank, Executive Director. “Our speakers also shed light on the enormous economic impact of our fairgrounds and brought us up-to-date on the many successes over the past year.”


During the breakfast meeting, the Chamber hosted a drive to collect much-needed school supplies to deliver to families through the food pantry at Rhinebeck Reformed Church, adding a philanthropic component to the morning business meeting. “It is very important to us to send a message to our business community that we all have a responsibility to pay it forward, and I am completely overwhelmed at the generous response we got from the members attending the breakfast this morning.  They brought in supplies by the box and bagful and are still dropping things off at the office,” shared Sean Kemp, President of the Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He continued, “starting the day at the fairgrounds which serve as a real engine for our local economy, and then seeing this outpouring of generosity through the school supply drive were both great reminders of how lucky we all are to be a part of this community.”


The Dutchess County Fairgrounds will also host the annual Cocktails at Sunset event for the Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce, scheduled for October 2nd from 6-9pm in the horticulture building. That event raises money each year to fund the winter lights project in the village of Rhinebeck.



For more information, please contact Colleen Cruikshank at 845-876-5904 or info@rhinebeckchamber.com.



About the Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce

The Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce was founded as the Rhinebeck Chamber of Commerce in 1957 by a group of energetic and motivated business leaders in Rhinebeck. Throughout the years, the Chamber has grown from a small group of local businesses to more than 350 diversified businesses of all sizes throughout the Rhinebeck area.  For more information, visit www.rhinebeckchamber.com


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