Spring 2023

Date & Location

Dutchess County Fairgrounds 6550 Springbrook Avenue Rhinebeck, NY 12572

April 29 and April 30, 2023

Registration begins March 1, 2023


Friday April 28,2023

2:00 pm= Cattle can begin to arrive

5:00-7:00 pm = Registration

All updates must be done via the showman app prior to check in

Saturday April 29, 2023

8:00-12:30 pm – Check in (cattle and showmanship)

12:30pm- All exhibitors showing in showmanship must be on grounds and checked in.

2:30pm – Showmanship : Seniors, Intermediate, Junior, Pee-Wee

Exhibitors not showing in showmanship can continue to move in throughout the day

6:00 pm-7:00 pm – additional check in and weigh in of all steers

Sunday April 30 2023

8:30 am – Jackpot Heifer Show

30 minutes following (this allows for photos and a short break for the judge)

Jackpot Steer Show

Updated Rules:

  • Market Animals will be shown by weight. Heifers are welcome to enter in both market and breeding at double the fee.
  • To have a breed show, there must be 5 head entered for breeding cattle.
  • If there is not a breed show due to lack of entries for registered cattle, the following will occur:
    • AOB Purebreds with breed association papers
    • AOB High Percentage (50% +)
    • AOB Low Percentage (50%-)
  • Commercial heifers will be shown by DOB, however may be weighed.


Welcome Dodge Nichols: Choctaw, OK

Mr. Nichols grew up on a diversified livestock operation in central Oklahoma. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2009 with a degree in Animal Science where he was a member of the 2007 Oklahoma State Livestock Judging Team. Dodge went on to coach the Livestock Judging Team at Connors State College in Warner, OK from 2009-2013 winning many national contests. He finds himself fortunate to judge across the country on multiple levels. Currently, Mr. Nichols is an Agriculture Teacher at Tecumseh High School and FFA Chapter Advisor.

He and his wife, Allie are proud to raise their 2 year old daughter, Merritt.

A quick quote from Mr. Nichols: “I have always had a passion for the livestock show program and truly believe it’s the best industry today.”

Lodging + Camping Info

Rhinebeck Village Inn (about 1 mile from grounds) – $120/nite

There are some AirBnB and VRBO options as well.

Dutchess County Agricultural Society has camping sites available for $30/night. Please submit your camping contract and info to them directly.

Want to rental an RV? Check out this link for a delivered camper! RV Rental Search Dutchess County Fairgrounds

Directions to the Fairgrounds

Street Address: 6550 Spring Brook Avenue, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
GPS: 6636 Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Google MapsGate #1 Entrance All Events

More details on Dutchess Fair website

Event Photography

Meagan Stephens : Meaganish Marketing & Photography

I have a few passions in life:

•The first is helping agricultural businesses reach their potential. 

•The second is the livestock industry. Which may seem pretty vague but the livestock industry is an intricate part of my identity. So, at heart, the brand I ride for the most is the American Farmer and Rancher. 

•Third is photos. I live to photo moments. At some point they maybe all we have of past events or someone so important to us. There is also something so incredible about taking photos of the sires and dams that built your programs. We can commemorate your effort and their contribution with photos.  

Read Meagan’s Bio Here: https://meaganish.com/