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Sunday, August 19, 2012



Dutchess County Fair 2012
Fair to return to its agricultural roots with educational exhibits & livestock

Caroline Burns, 2, center, J.J. Burns, right, and Ryan Burns, 11, background, all on Northport, N.Y., look at a Jersey calf, Dutchess County Fair Aug. 23 in Rhinebeck. The calf was born in December at Ken-Ray Farm in Lagrangeville. /
Karl Rabe/Poughkeepsie Journal
from: poughkeepsiejournal.co.
by: Shantal Parris Riley
Aug 18, 2012
Hundreds of thousands of people will head to the Dutchess County Fair this week for nationally known musical acts, dozens of rides, carnival games, 4-H competitions and the ever-popular fair foods.
The Dutchess County Fair returns this week for its 167th year, with hopes for clear skies and a renewed focus on agriculture.
“The fair is getting back to its agricultural roots,” said Richard Weckesser, president of the Dutchess County Agricultural Society, which began the fair in the mid-1800s. “We’re going to add more of an agricultural flavor to the fair.”
The plan for the next four to five years entails showcasing more livestock and more agricultural-themed exhibits, he said. One example is this year’s new soybean exhibit, an educational display that follows a soybean on a journey from sprout to factory floor to store shelf.
 
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From left, Helen Jorgensen, 10, Ed Jorgensen and Grace Jorgensen, 5, all of Millbrook, joke around while eating at the Dutchess County Fair Aug. 23 in Rhinebeck. / Karl Rabe/Poughkeepsie Journal
Fair staffers confirmed that 4-H milkshakes, chocolate-covered apples and deep-fried Oreo cookies would again be available at the fair this year. This year’s fair boasts 45 rides, an entertainment lineup including Lonestar and Chubby Checker, and hundreds of 4-H livestock shows and competitions to be held on “Livestock Hill,” one of the earliest features of the fair.
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