On Aug. 24, a special early gate opening at 9 a.m. will allow these individuals and their families to enjoy the Dutchess County Fair ahead of loud noises and large crowds. Special sensory sensitive hours on the carnival midway also will take place.
Special needs families will have first entry to the fairgrounds one hour before the official 10 a.m. start time and the opportunity to enjoy the fairgrounds ahead of large crowds, including the animal barns on Livestock Hill and the 4H Exhibit Hall.
While not all of the attractions and exhibits will be open at 9 a.m., the soft opening provides families a chance to ease into their day at the fair by arriving early.
The Dutchess County Fair runs Aug. 22-27, opening at 10 a.m. each day. Special needs families coming to enjoy Think Differently Thursday on Aug. 24 should enter the fair at the main ticket gate.
Admission and ride tickets can be purchased online, at an advance sale discount rate, or on-site. Children under 12 are free.
For more information and a full schedule of the Dutchess County Fair’s events, visit dutchessfair.com/dutchess-fair.