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Dutchess County Fair opens Tuesday

Aug 22, 2021 5:30 am
The Daily Freeman is reporting that the 175th Dutchess County Fair will open Aug. 24, and take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. “We’re excited,” said Vicky Imperatti, the fair's Administrative Operations Manager. “We’re also concerned like every[one] else is, but we’re excited to be back.” Imperatti said some changes have been made because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. All employees will be following CDC guidelines, which requires those who are unvaccinated against the coronavirus to wear masks whenever indoors. Fairgoers are also urged, but not required, to wear masks when inside the fairground buildings. Imperatti said the aisles in all of the buildings have been made wider and traffic will flow in only one direction. The fairgrounds has also added additional hand-washing stations and installed signage encouraging mask-wearing and social distancing. The Raphael’s Talent Search and Entertainment Tent and some of what Imperatti called “high touchpoint” areas such as the AgriVenture Children’s Activity Tent will be absent from the fair this year. All tickets must be purchased online or at self-serve kiosks near the entrances. Grandstand performances will be included in the admission price. Information is available at dutchessfair [dot] com. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.