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shoekittykat May 28, 2009 05:50 PM

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

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    Jon1856 May 28, 2009 07:27 PM

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

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    1. re: Jon1856
      applesauce23 May 28, 2009 08:17 PM

      the dutchess county fair is awesome:


      i go every year.

      check out this thread for more info:


      1. re: applesauce23
        Dim Sum Diva May 29, 2009 06:40 AM

        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
          gramreid May 29, 2009 09:49 AM

          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
            Fred19 May 30, 2009 05:47 AM

            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
        shoekittykat May 29, 2009 05:30 PM

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

        1. re: shoekittykat
          Jon1856 May 29, 2009 06:07 PM

          Well-Newspapers or local event websites such as lohud.com or westchestermagazine.com 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. LNG212 May 29, 2009 07:10 AM

        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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          Jon1856 May 29, 2009 10:50 AM

          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. contest@hudsonvalleyribfest.org
          Contact: Rolf Oelgeschlager

          CBJ Percentage: 100%

          For more info on NYS event like it:

          1. re: Jon1856
            LNG212 May 29, 2009 12:49 PM

            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
              Jon1856 May 29, 2009 01:12 PM

              Perhaps we will run across each other in Sept.

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          Jon1856 May 29, 2009 10:46 AM

          Web listing of New York County Fairs 2009:

          1. GIOny May 29, 2009 11:08 AM

            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
              Jon1856 May 29, 2009 11:23 AM

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

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                ltlevy May 30, 2009 06:01 PM

                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.

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              timwhoeatsalot Jun 1, 2009 10:56 AM

              The Columbia County Fair (www.columbiafair.com) 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.

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