When I list some of my favorite things about the Dutchess County Fair, the animals, arts and crafts exhibits, and the food are in my top three. While I know that many list the rides and games among their favorites, food is usually right up there too. That's no surprise, because the Dutchess County Fair is known for being a food fair.

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Last year, they introduced something completely brand new and it was such a success that it's back again.  Get ready for the SporkRun and SporkAward contests, which will pit food vendors against each other to introduce the best new, or unusual, food item.

This year's contests is all about desserts, think Kettle Corn Ice Cream Pops, or a grilled cheesecake sandwich and you get the idea. Fair goers will have the chance to vote on their favorite entry and the People's Choice Award will be presented on Friday, August 25 in front of the Administration building, thanks to Rhinebeck Bank.

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Be prepared to taste some amazing food at this year's Dutchess County Fair that just may surprise and delight you. Get your ballot at the Information Booths during the fair and happy tasting!

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