Fairground Event Information
Entrances & aisles are accessible for guests using wheelchairs. Most fair attractions are accessible, however, fair staff are not permitted to assist transporting persons to the ride system. They will, however, provide direction to the extent that they are able. Accommodations have been made on the grounds, in buildings, the grandstand and restrooms to accommodate individuals with disabilities. Accessible Parking available in designated areas. Specials needs should be called to the attention of security or fair personnel.
Due to the size of our events and pedestrian traffic, any mobility device powered by batteries, fuel or other engines, cannot be accommodated with the exception of mobility carts and power wheelchairs. We request that those units control their speed to the speed of the pedestrian traffic.
Mobility Carts, Wheelchairs, Wagons, Strollers Rentals
For the Dutchess Fair only:
- All equipment is on a first come, first serve basis (map #1 main gate)
- Call to reserve equipment (before first day of fair only): Toll free 888-441-7575
- Reserve equipment in person at the vendor booth for future use (no day of reservations)
- Questions? Call Scootaround Toll free 888-441-7575
- Visit their website scootaround.com/rentals/d/dutchessfair
Vehicle Rental Rates
|Vehicle Type||Daily Rate||Half Day Rate|
|Wagon & Double Stroller||$15||$10|
Please visit Dutchess Tourism for a complete listing of local area hotels and motels. We do not have public camping facilities.
ATM Cash Machines
Cash machines are available with 3 locations on the fairgrounds located in the Arts & Crafts Bldg (Bldg E) near the Main Restrooms during all events. Other ATM locations throughout the grounds during Fair time, please check locations at information booths.
Located in the restrooms. Also during fair time only located in Rock & Rest Nursing Tent (map#10).
First Aid Station
Event Medical Services personnel are on duty during events throughout the year and during extended hours at Fair time. Minor injuries and ailments are treated at the First Aid Station located near the main restrooms just south of the Main Entrance #1 (map #9 & #61). In the event of serious illness or injury, contact an usher for assistance.
Lost & Found
The Fair: Lost & Found is in the State Police building located near First Aid Station and main restrooms (map #9 & #61) or call (845) 876-3074.
All Other Events: The Lost & Found is located at the Show Office in the Administration Bldg on the fairgrounds.
Lost Children Station
Map & Directions
Obtain map of Fairgrounds at Guest Service Centers (Information booths). Maps are included in the Fair program and are posted at several locations on the grounds. Guest service personnel will provide directions to locations on the grounds.
GPS Directions: 6636 Route 9, Rhinebeck NY 12572
Get driving directions Google Maps
Our “No Pets” Policy
No Pets allowed on the fairgrounds at any time.
Service Dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for persons with disabilities, will be admitted. ***All service dogs must have PROOF of rabies vaccination to enter the grounds.
Do Not Leave Your Dog in the Car. Any dog left in a vehicle will be turned over to the local authorities/ dog warden at the expense of the owner.
Doggie Day Care:
Need doggie day care while you’re enjoying an event?
- Call Ledgewood Kennel: (518) 789-6353 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: ledgewoodkennel.com
- Camp Belly Rub: (845) 514-2727 or email CampBellyRub@aol.com or visit: www.CampBellyRub.dog
Prohibited Items & Behaviors – Subject to Search
The Dutchess Fairgrounds strives to produce a fun and safe family event. In so doing, the Dutchess Fairgrounds must enforce prohibited items and behaviors. Bags search will be conducted during entrance to Fairgrounds. Listed below are some of the common prohibited items and behavior, but does not limit itself to the following:
- Pets are not allowed (All service dogs must have PROOF of rabies vaccination to enter the grounds)
- Bicycles, scooters, skateboards, rollerblades, heelies, segways, and golf carts, are not allowed
- Cans, bottles or coolers are not allowed
- No outside alcohol
- No firearms, knives and weapons of any kind
- Shirts and shoes are required at all times
Public Address System
The “Voice of the Fair” is used for informational and emergency purposes only. The P.A. system cannot be used by the public to page lost people. Upon your arrival to the fairgrounds, please be sure to have a predetermined meeting spot in the event you get separated.
All emergency concerns should be directed to security or fairgrounds personnel. Security personnel are on duty 24 hours a day during the Fair, both on the grounds and in the State Police office, located near the main restrooms and the first aid building.
Think Safety First
We want your trip to the fair to be just as safe as this visit to our website. We provide the following to guarantee a safe and fun filled visit:
- Handicapped parking
- Lighted parking lots
- State Police & Lost Children Center
- Clean and supervised restrooms
- First Aid Building with satellite and mobile units throughout the fairgrounds
- Uniformed security throughout the fairgrounds
- Carnival Supervisory Staff on the midway with radio contact to Fair Security
- Rock & Rest Nursing Mothers Tent
- Maps of the fairgrounds containing daily event schedules and emergency and first aid contact/location information are available at each of the entrance gates
- When visiting the fair with children, be sure to have a predetermined meeting spot in the event you get separated.
All events take place rain or shine.
Advanced Sale Ride Tickets can be redeemed at the Power’s Carnival Ticket (map #7) Redemption booth.
Trolleys & Disabled Transports
Trolleys are available in the parking lots for guest transportation at no charge. Trolleys will patrol the fairgrounds accessible parking areas outside festival gates and will transport people with mobility impairments to the entrance gates from parking lots.
News & Media
Media personnel who need information about the Dutchess County Fair and the Dutchess County Fairgrounds can contact the Fair Office at (845) 876-4000.
Media information to be used for fair related stories:
Dutchess County Fair Employment Center
The Employment Center refers persons interested in working for the Dutchess County Fair departments and concessionaires. Fair-time staff begins work on the opening day of the fair unless otherwise stipulated by manager of that department. The Employment Center staff will work to help find a position that best suits your skills and talents. However, there is no guarantee that a position will be available for every applicant.
Fair-time Employment Opportunities
Available fair-time positions may include ticket takers, ticket sellers, parking attendants, retail sales, clean team, grounds crew, security, etc. We do not post specific fair-time jobs on our website as the availability changes frequently. Note: the number of applicants exceeds the number of jobs available.
- 14 & 15-year-old applicants must have BLUE NYS working papers
- 16 & 17-year-old applicants must have GREEN NYS working papers
- Applicants must be available to work all 6 days of the fair
- There is no guarantee that applicants will be referred to a job or get hired
- Security Positions: Must be 18yrs or older. NYS Certified applicants only
Download the Employment Application and submit completed application to the Employment Office. You will need to visit the office in person, to complete employment forms upon acceptance of your application.
Absolutely no applications will be accepted after August 14th.
Employment Center Location
The Employment Center is located in the Administration Building located on the Dutchess County Fairgrounds.
Hours of Operation
July 5 to August 14: Mon–Fri 9am-4pm
(Closed July 4th)
Contact the Employment Center
Dutchess County Fair
PO Box 389
Rhinebeck NY 12572
Telephone: (845) 876-4000
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