The Dutchess County Fair is August 21 through August 26.

Hudson Valley fair season is close to wrapping up. The big fair to close out the season is the Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck. If you live in the area, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Tons of food, rides, concerts, and a lot more. But a day at the Dutchess County Fair takes some knowledge, and I'm here to help you out.

1. Sunscreen
This is quite possibly the most important thing to remember for surviving the Dutchess County Fair. Somehow, the weather is always good, for at least the majority of the fair. You will be outside for the majority and you will want sunscreen.

2. Drink tons of water
If sunscreen isn't the most important thing, then drinking water is. It's easy to get dehydrated with all the running around and the heat. Stay hydrated my friends.

3. Get cash before you arrive at the fair
Surcharges are a real pain. Who wants to get charged money to access their money?! Getting cash out at your bank before you go to the fair will save you a few bucks, and the hassle of, "Oh this is cash only I need to run to the ATM."

4. Dress for the weather you have, not the weather you want
This could be used for a lot of things, but don't go wearing long jeans and long pants when it's 80 degrees and sunny. It's the Dutchess County fair, not prom; just dress comfortably. Gym shorts and a t-shirt are always a win

5. Wear comfortable shoes
I really shouldn't have to say this, but apparently, I do. More importantly than comfortable, wear closed toe shoes. I'm personally a fan of sneakers, but boots will do! You don't want dirt all over your feet.