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Boots by the Bandshell Country Music Event Returns to Bowdoin Park
FREE event to feature music, dancing, fireworks, and family activities

Published: 9/7/2022

Poughkeepsie … Fans of country music, line dancing, and fireworks displays should mark their calendars for Saturday, October 15th as “Boots by the Bandshell,” Dutchess County Parks’ FREE, family friendly event, returns to Bowdoin Park, located at 85 Sheafe Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie. The event, hosted in partnership with The Wolf and Wakin' Up with CJ and Jess Show and Townsquare Media Group, will feature line dancing provided by CJ McIntyre and Frank Alexander, Country music by Thunder Ridge Band, free family activities, food trucks, and a fireworks display.

County Executive Molinaro said, “Last year, hundreds of residents came out for our first Boots by the Bandshell event, and we are proud to bring this fun, free afternoon back to Bowdoin Park. We are grateful to our friends at Townsquare Media Group for their support again this year. Whether you and your family pack a picnic and come out ready to dance the day away, or you come join us for the spectacular fireworks display, this event is sure to be a good time for everyone.”

Boots by the Bandshell will be held near the bandshell pavilion. Starting at 2:30pm, families are invited to participate in a fall-themed scavenger hunt and a special family game area. Line dancing will begin at 3:30pm followed by Thunder Ridge Band’s performance at 5pm and fireworks at 7:45pm. The event will also feature a bonfire with s’mores and food trucks. Picnics, camp chairs, and coolers are allowed, but glass containers, smoking or vaping products, and alcohol are prohibited.  All are welcome to enjoy this free event

Parks Director Susanne O’Neil said, “From the scenic views of the Hudson River to the stunning fall foliage, Bowdoin Park is a prime fall picnicking spot. We are proud to bring this family friendly, free event back to the park and give residents a fun afternoon of games, great country music and line dancing, and fireworks.”

This event will be held rain or shine. Updates will be posted on the Parks division website, and the Dutchess County Parks and Dutchess County Government social media pages.

For more information call Dutchess County Parks at (845) 298-4600.