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History, records abound-
It’s Ray Vail’s 80th Fair


Ray Vail, pictured in a familiar spot at the Dutchess County Fair, will be meeting friends for the 80th year. Courtesy photo

By Jim Donick

This year’s Dutchess County Fair has many milestones. A most impressive one is Dutchess Dairyman Ray Vail’s achievement. It’s without much doubt a record. With the 2019 Dutchess County Fair in full swing, Ray Vail is exhibiting cows there for the 80th consecutive year.

Vail has raised Holsteins on a family farm in Dutchess County his entire life and has influenced the dairy farming industry in the county in any number of ways.

In February of 2017, the Dutchess County Legislature issued a proclamation on the occasion of his 90th birthday, listing his many contributions to Dutchess County agriculture and the local community.

The Legislature’s proclamation might be mistaken as the final punctuation mark on Vail’s career in the dairy industry – because now, a couple of years later, he is still active with the herd and still enthusiastically looking forward to the annual County Fair.

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History, records abound - It’s Ray Vail’s 80th Fair


Ray Vail, pictured in a familiar spot at the Dutchess County Fair, plans to meet friends there for the 80th year. Courtesy photo

by Jim Donick

This year’s Dutchess County Fair has many milestones. A most impressive one is Dutchess Dairyman Ray Vail’s achievement. It’s without much doubt a record. With the 2019 Dutchess County Fair in full swing, Ray Vail is exhibiting cows there for the 80th consecutive year.

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‘White glove’ history tour
at Mount Gulian Sunday


Those who take a tour of the Mount Gulian Historic Site on Sunday, Aug. 25, will be able to see, and hold, some rarely seen items in the collection. One of those items is a 1870s fan made by Tiffany & Co. - Photo by Kristine Coulter

By Kristine Coulter

Visitors who attend the Mount Gulian tour on Sunday, Aug. 25, from 1 to 3 p.m., will have the opportunity to see items from the historic site’s collection – and hold them.

“This is the first time that we’ll be giving our ‘White Glove’ tour to the general public,” said Elaine Hayes, Executive Director. “It’s very popular with group tours that visit. We hope our neighbors and local residents will stop by and avail themselves of this unique opportunity.”

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