No matter where you are at The Big E, everywhere you turn, there’s something fun to see, something new to do and something tasty (and bizarre) to eat, from the traditional cream puff and Maine baked potato to deep-fried Pop Tarts. There are concerts every day, but a myriad of nonmusical entertainment — midway rides, animal and agricultural exhibits and competitions, parades and street performers — also awaits visitors.
For six days each August, the bucolic fairgrounds on Route 9 in Rhinebeck, New York plays host to nearly half a million patrons. The second largest county fair in New York State is the showplace for agriculture in Dutchess County. Over 147 acres of finely manicured gardens and grass create the beautiful setting for thousands of farm animals, agricultural exhibits and horticultural displays.