Sheep and Wool Festival

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OCTOBER 18th and 19th, 2014
Dutchess County Fairgrounds 
6550 Spring Brook Ave., Rhinebeck, NY 12572. 

Not All Info Has Been Updated for 2014 



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General Admission - $12.00/day at the gate

Pre-purchased tickets - $9.00/day
+$1.50 transaction Fee = $10.50. Two Day Weekend Pass once again available pre-purchase for $17.00 plus $1.50 transaction fee = $18.50.

Printing or mailing option selection available at the time of ordering.


Group Ticket Discounts (25 or more): $9 tickets + 2 complimentary tickets for tour leader and bus driver: Download and fill out the form or contact Bus parking: FREE!

(Shirts and Shoes Required - No Pets, Bottles or Cans, No Skateboards, Scooters, Bicycles, or Rollerblades)

Unfortunately, neither The Fairgrounds nor the Sheep and Wool Festival  can provide mobility scooter rentals this year. Please click here to make your request for mobility scooter or wheelchair rental known. We will try to refer to you a solution.


Printable Directions CLICK HERE.
Directions from the South to the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY

Directions from Google to find out more information or obtain best trip and distances from your location, including Amtrak.

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From Taconic Parkway: North on Taconic Parkway to Route 199 Exit (exit is approximately 1 hour from start of Taconic Parkway). Exit at Route 199 (Red Hook, Rhinebeck). Turn left onto Route 199, heading west. After 4 miles, Route 199 will bear right at a traffic light; go straight at that traffic light onto Route 308, continuing west. Route 308 will take you all the way into the village of Rhinebeck. Avoid traffic, however, by TURNING LEFT in 4.2 miles to merge onto Route 9G North. Go 1.7 miles, turn LEFT onto Route 9 at traffic light.  The entrance to the Fairgrounds is approximately 1.2 miles from that traffic light on the left. There is ONE ENTRANCE this year, 2012. It's called the NORTH ENTRANCE and it is north of the main entrance.

Those directions bypass the Village of Rhinebeck. If you'd like to see the historic Village - and bypass POTENTIAL traffic coming over the bridge from Kingston -  then continue on Route 308 past Route 9G until you come to the Village. At the light, take a RIGHT. The NORTH ENTRANCE is about 2 miles on the right.

From NYS Thruway (I87/I90): Travel north to Exit 19, Kingston. After paying toll, you will enter a traffic circle, take your first right off the traffic circle (Route 28). You will go through a traffic light and bear right on the exit for the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge, Route 209, heading east. Crossing the bridge, the road changes to Route 199. After the bridge, at the second traffic light, turn right, heading south, onto Route 9G. In approximately 1 mile, you will come to another traffic light and the intersection of Route 9. Turn right onto Route 9, heading south. The Fairgrounds are located approximately 2 miles on your left.

For directions and details from locations other than the south refer to the interactive mapping service below.

Public Transportation from New York City:

By Train (All trains are met by taxis):

  • Metro North to Poughkeepsie, followed by an approximate 45 minute taxi ride.
    Shuttle Bus is also available.
    • SHUTTLE FROM POUGHKEEPSIE (updated 10-14-14) - $5 roundtrip ticket, additional to any package you've purchased
    • Pay cash to Dutchess Tourism agent on shuttle bus
    • Catch the Shuttle UPSTAIRS and outside to the right outside the station entrance area at Poughkeepsie Station (walking away from the River east to the exit)
    2 shuttles each day, Saturday and Sunday
    Shuttle #1 waits for 9:39am train arrival to Poughkeepsie
    Bus leaves 9:55am for Festival

    Shuttle #2 waits for 10:39am train arrival to Poughkeepsie
    Bus leaves 10:55am to Festival

    4:50pm departure for 5:54pm train to NYC
    Dutchess Tourism agent will provide info about where to meet the bus at the Fairgrounds to return.
  • Amtrak to Rhinecliff, followed by an approximate 5 minute taxi ride.

By Bus:

More Public Transportation info and Fairgrounds Transit Info is "excited to announce - Map Your LOOP Route - our new map-based interactive LOOP Bus schedules application! We believe that this will greatly improve the searching, viewing and readability of the Dutchess County LOOP Bus routes for the thousands of new and existing LOOP Bus riders as well as give riders a means for getting up-to-date information about the status of any and all LOOP routes and the operation of the LOOP Bus System."

Complete Tivoli ----> Poughkeepsie Train Station Stop Schedule  

Complete Poughkeepsie Train Station ----> Tivoli Stop Schedule


On Site Camping Applications (vendors) Click Here

If you are in need of a place to stay, please visit the Travel Hudson Valley website for locations & phone numbers for numerous hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts and campgrounds.  Be sure to book as far in advance as possible because local hotels fill up fast this time of year. Also good for families and people who want to cook: Vacation Rentals By Owner


Mulberry St Entrance Workshop Parking Thurs, Friday, Truck Entrance until FridayBuilding A

Building B
Fleece Sale
Merritt Book Signing, "Tales of Yarn" Author Space

Building C

Building D
Workshops, Workshop (R)egistration

Building E
ATM Machines
Specialty Foods
Wineries & Wine Tasting
Harvest Kitchen Demos
Festival Artwork Contest
Knitting and Spinning Contests
Make It With Wool Competition (Saturday)
Fleece to Shawl Competition (Sunday)
Photo Contest - Photos Displayed
Fiber Arts Demonstrations

Area F - Building E Overhang
Children’s Activities

Building G
Workshops (Thurs & Fri), Nursing Mothers Station (Sat & Sun)
Building HJ
Lost & Found (H)
Bag Check (J)

1. Main Gate
2. 4H Gate
3. Workshop Parking Lot E, Sat, Sun
4. Mulberry Street Entrance, Thur & Fri Workshop Parking
5. Antique Village/Century Museum
6. Historic Schoolhouse
7. Sheep Dog Demos & Canine Frisbee
8. Festival Collectibles & Souvenirs
9. Restrooms, Payphones, First Aid
10. Camping Area
11. Llama Parade Gathering Area
12. Maple Sugar Shack
13. Two x Two Petting Zoo

22D. Craft Vendors (Downstairs)
22U. Craft Vendors (Upstairs)
23. Food Alley - Lamb & Vegetarian options
24. 4H Clubs Food & Refreshments
25. 4-H Pedestrian Gate
26. Craft Vendors
27. Llama & Alpaca Farm Displays
27A. Outside Vendors
28. Sheep Breed Displays
29. Craft Vendors
30. Craft Vendors 31. Craft Vendors
34. Livestock Arena
35. Craft Vendors
36. Craft Vendors
37. Sheep Penning & Sheep Shows
37A. Sheep Show Check-in & Banner Sales Office
38. Goat Penning & Goat Shows
38B. Sheep Shearing Tent
39. Craft Vendors
41. Workshops
42. Workshops (Fosters)
43. Fleece Drop Off point for fiber mills


To find out about the Festival's history click here.

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