DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- The Dutchess County Fair will mark its 171st year next week and state police have been busy making preparations.
The fair runs Tuesday, Aug. 23 to Sunday, Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day.
Those traveling to the state's second largest fair, which will be held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, can access it by using Route 9G and Route 9 to travel north and south from Rhinebeck.
Those coming from the east can travel toward Rhinebeck via Route 308.
Visitors traveling from the west can enter the fairgrounds from 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.
Drivers of 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 a.m.
Fair-goers are advised that the heaviest traffic occurs between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and after the stage shows, at approximately 9 p.m. to 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. to 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.
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