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This is a great time of year for fun events in and around Dutchess County, NY!  At Clancy we know many friends are moving this time of year have a lot on their minds with pre-move planning so here are some fun ways to take that well-deserved break over the weekend and enjoy.

Sunday, June 14, 2015 — Fishkill Farms Annual Strawberry Jammin’ Festival
[Where: Fishkill Farms, 9 Fishkill Farms Road Hopewell Junction, NY 12533]

Celebrate the end of spring and the beginning of summer with the arrival of strawberries! On Sunday, June 14 from 11am to 4pm, head over to Fishkill Farms for its Strawberry Jammin’ Festival. Highlights include reggae music by The Big Takeover, homemade strawberry shortcake, strawberry craft for kids and (weather permitting) lots of sweet pick-your-own strawberries. This Fishkill Farms tradition is truly a jam not to be missed!  The farm store sells cider donuts, coffee, sweets, pies, fresh local produce, and more.

Fishkill Farms is located at 9 Fishkill Farm Road in Hopewell Junction. Take the Lime Kiln Road exit.  For more information, call (845) 897-4377 or visit


Sunday, June 14, 2015 — Beacon Sloop Club Annual Strawberry Festival
[Where: Riverfront Park, 1 Flynn Drive,  Beacon, NY]

beacon ny strawberry festivalA tradition since 1969!  Sunday, June 14, 2015 12 noon-5pm rain or shine BSC STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL. Pete & Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park, 1 Flynn Drive,  Beacon, NY  Fresh made strawberry shortcake, strawberry smoothies, chocolate strawberries.  Chris Bowser, of the Hudson River Eel Project, and  Tom Lake will demonstrate smoking and planking of local rainbow trout.  Free samples will be given out to guests, starting at 1pm.  Many free children’s activities.  Two solar powered stages with live music. Info: 845) 463-4660, (845) 831-6962

“Run completely by volunteers, the festival brings the community together for a day of music, food, fun, and environmental education.”  You can read more about the event on the Poughkeepsie Journal’s website: or at

Saturday, June 20, 2015 — Beer, Bourbon, Bacon at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds
[Where: Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY]

dutchess county beer bacon bourbon festivalPresented by The Hudson Valley Craft Brew Fest on Saturday June 20th, 2015. (Author’s note: “I went last year and it was a great time!”)

Join us in the Hudson Valley for the annual Beer, Bourbon, & Bacon Festival on June 20th at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY. Enjoy a wide variety of Beer Samples, sip some delicious Bourbon, and buy Bacon themed everything! VIP tickets are moving fast, and General Admission prices will increase soon. Check out everything you need to know by visiting the event website:

Friday, July 10 through Sunday, July 12, 2015 — Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival
[Where: on the Poughkeepsie waterfront just south of Shadows on the Hudson (176 Rinaldi Boulevard in your GPS), a mass launch planned for Friday 7/10 at 6 p.m.]

HUDSON VALLEY HOT-AIR BALLOON FESTIVALThe Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce will host the 25th Annual Hot-Air Balloon Festival on July 10, 11 and 12, 2015. This event will demonstrate, once again, the tremendous pride the community has in its cities and towns. It has grown and expanded, reflecting the enormous collaboration among leaders, businesses, schools, organizations and residents within our community.

About 100 balloon launches are planned throughout the weekend, utilizing a record 25 balloons. On Friday and Saturday evenings at 6 p.m., mass launches are planned on the banks of the Hudson River from the area just south of Shadows on the Hudson. On Saturday and Sunday mornings at 6 a.m., mass launches are planned from the Dutchess County Airport. There will also be moon-glows planned during the evening hours. Learn more at:

Aug 25 – 30, 2015 — The Dutchess County Fair
[Where: Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY]

dutchess county fairFor six days each August, the bucolic fairgrounds on Route 9 in Rhinebeck plays host to nearly half a million patrons. The second largest county fair in New York State is the showplace for agriculture in Dutchess County. Over 144 acres of finely manicured gardens and grass create the beautiful setting for thousands of farm animals, agricultural exhibits and horticultural displays.

The fairgrounds becomes an entertainment destination where big name talent can be enjoyed, “thrill a minute” excitement can be experienced at one of the finest carnivals in the entire country, free shows and attractions can be viewed almost constantly from the time you arrive to the time you leave. The tradition of excellence that has been the Dutchess County Fair for over 160 years offers something for everyone and creates memorable moments that will be cherished for a lifetime.  To learn more or buy ticket, please visit:

Saturday and Sunday September 12 – 13th, 2015 — Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest

Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest 2015Our Hudson Valley is known for amazing producers of food and wine.  2015 will be the 14th year of the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest. The fest features wine and spirits tasting from some of the best wineries and distilleries from all across New York State. And the fest is a NY Registered Farm Market, so you can purchase by the bottle to take home!

Feed your soul with a vast variety of gourmet specialty foods from all over the East Coast. Sample from regional restaurants, have lunch from our food truck corral, catch cooking demos from celebrity chefs and take home gourmet ingredients you won’t find just anywhere.   TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW! Buy early and save! The Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest is held at the beautiful Dutchess County Fairgrounds in historic Rhinebeck New York. It’s just a short ride from the Rhinecliff train station. Parking is free.  More info at the festival website:

Saturday & Sunday, August 9th and 8th 2015 — Putnam County Wine and Food Fest
[Where: Beaver Creek Farm, 683 Route 311 Patterson NY 12563]

putnam county wine festivalThe Putnam County NY Wine & Food Fest in Patterson, NY is a two-day event, held at Beaver Creek Farm, showcasing New York’s and beyond most renowned wine and spirit producers. The fest also features a beer and VIP tent, cooking demonstrations, food, and arts and crafts, local and international artists. We are also working on activities for children (so stay tuned). It is ideally located in the Hudson Valley region and also a stone’s throw away from Pawling, Dutchess County, NY, New Fairfield and Danbury, CT.

Bring your blankets and chairs to our fifth annual Putnam County Wine & Food Fest which is taking place on Saturday, August 8 (11am until 6pm), and Sunday, August 9 (11am until 5pm), 2015.

Getting to the Wine Fest from New York City and other towns is a breeze too. Customers can take Metro-North’s Harlem Line to the Southeast Station to connect with free shuttle buses to and from Wine Fest during these hours, Saturday & Sunday: 11:29am, 12:29pm, 1:28pm and 2:29pm. Then from the venue Saturday beginning at 4pm until 6:15pm and Sunday beginning 3pm until 5:15pm. Parking is available at the Metro North’s Patterson Train station with free shuttle buses to and from Wine Fest during Festival hours. Beaver Creek Farm is located at 683 Route 311, Patterson, NY 12563.

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