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May 28, 2009 05:50 PM

state or county fairs?

i am new to westchester county so I was wondering if there are any fairs that highlight good country food

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  1. Weshchester and Dutchess both have fairs.
    Keep an eye out for adds much later in Summer

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    1. re: Jon1856

      the dutchess county fair is awesome:

      i go every year.

      check out this thread for more info:

      1. re: applesauce23

        Not exactly Westchester County, but fun nonetheless is the New York State Fair, held in Albany in late Aug/early Sept. Also, the Eastern States Exposition (The Big E) is held in Springfield MA in late Sept. THAT is a good one for foodies (lobster rolls, chowder, blueberry cobbler, Vermont cheeses, etc. etc.) There is also the Garlic Festival which is held in the Catskills, which has been discussed previously on this board (you can do a search). All are a couple of hours drive from Westchester.

        1. re: Dim Sum Diva

          The New York State Fair is in Syracuse, NY Always the last 2 weeks of August! Its awesome! i only live about 30 minutes from there so go many times!! Also Erie County Fair ( near Buffalo) is great too!!!

          1. re: gramreid

            The Syracuse State Fair is tremendous. They are famous for the Speidi sandwich which is a hero with a special oil based dressing. There is nothing like it downstate.


      2. re: Jon1856

        i am sorry. where will i see the notices? In the newspaper? i dont know where to look

        1. re: shoekittykat

          Well-Newspapers or local event websites such as or could be a starting point. Even New YorkTimes' Friday Weekend section has "Northern" events in it.
          Or you could get some ideas from the web sites that I and others posted within this thread.
          And continue search for events on your own.

      3. Also not Westchester ... last summer we went to a bbq county fair that was just in/near (?) New Paltz on what I think was a county fairground. It was a ton of fun.

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        1. re: LNG212

          Could that have been the NYS BBQ cook-off competition?
          EDIT-after review and a down & dirty search-the even was most likely this one:
          08/16/09 Hudson Valley Ribfest Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz, NY
          Contact: Stephanie King, PO Box 723, Highland, NY 12528.
          Phone: 845-306-4381.
          Contact: Rolf Oelgeschlager

          CBJ Percentage: 100%

          For more info on NYS event like it:

          1. re: Jon1856

            Yes, I think that's the one. It was definitely Ulster County Fairgrounds and the little signs along the roadways said Rib Fest (which is how we stumbled across it -- after about 30-45 minutes of following those cryptic signs!). It was a lot of fun.

            1. re: LNG212

              Perhaps we will run across each other in Sept.

          1. The Westchester County Fair isn't what I would call a "country fair", I think you are better off going further up to Dutchess or those surrounding areas.

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            1. re: GIOny

              Based on listing I posted, there may not even be a WCF this year. However-your agument does have strong merit.

              1. re: Jon1856

                I think it is been many years since the last Westchester County Fair. While not my favorite, I do miss it. I do try to hit the Dutchess County Fair each year, though I wouldn't say it had "country food" as mentioned by the OP. Local yes, but country, not in my mind.

            2. The Columbia County Fair ( is "always over Labor Day" and it's about as "country fair" as a county fair gets. Good local food plus fair staples, nice people, clean safe atmosphere, good entertainment.