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Frugal Summer Fun Series: County Fairs

For the real frugal people out there, most county fairs are out of the question. Seriously, there isn’t much frugal about our local fairs. You have to pay to get there, pay for parking, pay for admittance, pay for rides, pay for games and pay for food. It’s not a cheap day, unless of course you’re counting it as a vacation day that you were able to plan in advance. And that’s where I come in 🙂

We could easily get to 4 different county fairs so my first tip is to do a little google searching and compare what options you have. Most of them have different prices, packages, dates and attractions.  Let’s do a list shall we? 🙂

General Fair Tips:

  1. Compare different fairs and pick whichever one is the best fit for your family and budget. Take a look and see if any let you bring your own food or drinks.
  2. If the fair is too expensive or not what you need, look at some local carnivals, parks and festivals for alternative fun.
  3. Consider going at night if you want to save some money – many offer a discounted price for “night only” visitors.
  4. Read all that you can about the fair on their website. Follow their social media links for specific tips and giveaways.
  5. Learn the restrictions on food and drinks. Check out their vendors options and plan your meals ahead of time.
  6. Look for discounted admission tickets in advance. Check Groupon and deal sites for discounts.
  7. Consider putting together a group and getting a group ticket price.
  8. Look for fair coupons on their website.
  9. Talk to friends that have already been there and ask them for money saving/time saving tips.
  10. Bring cash and plan a budgeted amount you want to spend.
  11. Consider bulk tickets if you’re big into rides.

For my local friends, here are some specific tips for the Dutchess County Fair:

General Admission: $15 Adults (Tuesday & Thursday $7 after 5pm)
Children under 12: FREE at all times
Seniors (65+) & Military w/ID: $10 Everyday**


Ride Tickets: 10 rides for $20. Note: Tickets must be purchased by August 18th at midnight to receive discount prices

$12 Discounted Tickets available for purchase through Sunday at the following locations:

  • Adams – Kingston, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Wappingers Falls  ( A,R)
  • Agway – Chatham, Claverack, Millerton  (A,R)
  • Decicco’s  – Brewster, NY (50 Independent Way)  (A,R)
  • Food Town –  Cold Spring  (A,R)
  • Fresh Town (Food Town) – Amenia  (A,R)
  • G. E. Masten – Pleasant Valley (A,R)
  • Ginsbergs –  Hudson (A,R)
  • Hacket Farm Supply – Salt Point (A,R)
  • Hannaford – Highland, Kingston, LaGrangeville, Kingston Plaza, Pawling, Red Hook, Wappingers Falls  (A,R)
  • HUDSON VALLEY MALL, Information Center – Kingston (A,R)
  • Mac’s Agway–New Paltz, Red Hook  (A,R)
  • Price Chopper – Catskill, Hudson, Poughkeepsie, Saugerties (A,R)
  • Rhinebeck Bank – Hyde Park, Mid Hudson (across from Marist), South Road, Red Hook, Rhinebeck (A)
  • Stop and Shop –  Danbury, Conn., (Lake Avenue) Danbury, Conn. (72 Newtown Rd) ,Hopewell Junction, Hyde Park, Poughkeepsie (Burnett Blvd), Poughkeepsie, (2540 South Rd) Rhinebeck, Wappingers Falls  (A,R)
  • Utter Brothers – Pawling (A,R)
  • Williams Lumber – Rhinebeck (A,R)

Dutchess County Fair Food Coupons Here!

2002_1406561496Click here for full brochure, complete with schedule and map!

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