It's the weekend before the Dutchess County Fair, what is there to do? You know that you probably should do some back-to-school shopping, but you just can't bring yourself to do it. Maybe you have family or friends visiting from out of town and you need a little help in finding out what is going on this weekend throughout the Hudson Valley. No matter the reason, we are here to help. Here's a list of fun things to do with links to find even more. Happy weekending!
Friday, August 16-Sunday, August 18: 15th Annual Hudson Valley Ribfest at the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz. It's the biggest and best backyard Barbecue in the Hudson Valley. Gates open on Friday at 5 and 11 am on Saturday and Sunday. Great food and drink for purchase, vendors, live music every day, activities for the kids, and barbecue contests. There is an admission fee. For more events going on in Ulster County, click here.
Saturday, August 17; 7:30-11:30: Family Fishing Derby hosted by the East Fishkill Rotary Club at Red Wing Park. Both children and adults can participate. Bait and rods, if needed, will be provided. There will be music, prizes, and awards. There is a small entry fee. For other events going on in Dutchess County, click here.
Saturday, August 17; 9:30-12:CAS Drop-In Art Classes. Free art classes are available for children ages 4-12.They can explore creating in a variety of mediums and techniques. Pre-registration is required, 845-436-4227. To find other events going on in Sullivan County this weekend, click here.
Saturday, August 17; All-day: 100th Anniversary of Racing at the Orange County Fair Speedway. Racing's biggest stars will race all weekend for a shot at the grand prize, $100,000. Fans can camp on the grounds, there is reserved grandstand seating, drive-in viewing, and VIP areas. There are admission fees for these events. To find more events in Orange County, click here.
Saturday, August 17; 7:30-10 pm: Night Creatures; Scouting Bats and Moths at the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program. Every summer night brings a wide variety of creatures to our backyards. Here's your chance to learn more about them and to discover just how many there are. Learn about bats and moths. There is a nominal admission fee, and you must pre-register to participate. For other events going in the Catskills of Greene County, click here.
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