The Dutchess County Fairgrounds
6550 Spring Brook Ave.
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

NYS Sheep & Wool Festival

OCTOBER 19th and 20th, 2013
Saturday 9AM-5PM Sunday 10AM-5PM

Information on this page is for 2013.
Please check back in May for our 2014 offerings - Thank you! 
Welcome to our improved 2013 Workshop Registration system. PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO CAREFULLY READ ALL THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION. We know it looks like a lot of text but there's a lot of NEW and IMPORTANT info. Thank you.

For those of you who have used our on-line registration in past years, you’re sure to notice the new design and features.  You can now add classes using a shopping cart and check out at one time, without having to log in repeatedly... a big change from past years. See below for all the details.The workshop committee of the Festival has put together an exciting and expansive offering for this year's Festival. We thank all of the Instructors who have agreed to participate this year. We could not ask for a more creative and talented group. As you browse through the class offerings you will see that there is just about something for everyone. There are introductory level classes where absolutely no experience is required to advanced classes where a good foundation is important to fully benefit from course content.

What's New?

  • If you have registered for a class in prior years your ‘account’ with the Festival is still active. Use your email address and password to log in. Can’t remember your password – there’s a password recovery available. Just click on the link.
  • If you are using a NEW email address, you will be prompted to create a NEW account for that email address.
  • The shopping cart feature allows you to register for more than one class at a time. It does not, however, prevent you from registering for classes that occur at the same time. So, you will have to pay careful attention to the dates and times of the classes you select in order to avoid ‘double scheduling’ yourselves. We will do our best to troubleshoot this  possibility but will not be held responsible for your selection of classes and any conflicts that occur.
  • SURPRISE GIFT vs. BUYING FOR OTHERS - The shopping cart feature allows you to purchase more than one seat in a class, so you may buy a seat for a companion. You may also purchase a seat in a different class for a companion as well. If doing so, you need to make sure the correct email address is associated with the companion taking the class (unless you check the GIFT box, see below). The Festival WILL NOT be held responsible for incorrect association of email addresses.
  • Our goal is to confirm all class registrations via email within 24-48  hours of when they are received. This confirmation will be in ADDITION to the payment confirmation that only the buyer will receive from PayPal.  Please check your  "spam/junk" email folder if you do not receive a confirmation in a timely manner.
  • GIFT PURCHASES: We now have a CHECKBOX for declaring a gift registration. The above companion option will not allow you to purchase a "surprise" gift for someone, if you provide their email address, because the confirmation email will let the cat outta the bag... Check the GIFT checkbox and provide your own email address, so you can handle the logistics of the surprise gift for them. E-tickets are associated with a name and email addresses, one name per email address. If you and your gift recipient will not be arriving together, please contact us to make arrangements to get their e-tickets to them.  We hope this works out to make gift giving easier and the surprises surprises!
  • NOTIFICATIONS: If there's a class cancellation, or any reason to contact attendees last minute, we may only have the email address for the gift or companion attendees! Hence it will be the responsibility of the purchaser to pass on our communications to the attendees for whom you've purchased workshops.
  • Due to the shopping cart server's inventory update method and high frequency of shopping activity at certain times, seat availability shown on the registration pages is NOT A GUARANTEE that an actual seat is able to be purchased. If an over sale of seats occurs, the price of the over sold seat will be refunded in its entirety.
  • BOX LUNCH: We are offering the option to purchase a lunch again for those taking a class on THURSDAY or FRIDAY. We will send an email in September to those people scheduled for classes on those days announcing the menu options on the registration page. Payment will be made at that time, when ordering lunch using the same shopping cart system for ordering workshops.
  • If your email address changes you are responsible to notify the Festival of that change.
  • Registrants are responsible to periodically check the Festival website for updates.
  • A logistics email will be sent to all registrants closer to Festival time.
Problems registering? Contact Festival Director workshops-at-sheepandwool dot com or you may call 518-537-4487.


Workshops will be held on the grounds of the Festival, Thursday through Sunday, October 17th - 20th. Most of the classes will take place in Building "D". Those classes involving a lot of water - wet felting, and dying classes will once again be in our tent area just outside Building D. These areas are clearly marked on the map of the Festival grounds. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the map and look in the lower left hand corner for Building "D" in purple. Please note that classes in Building D are held in ‘rooms’ created by a pipe and drape system. This means that there are no hard walls between classrooms. Some noise from adjacent classes should be expected. Heat is supplied to both the classes in Building D and those in the tent area by forced hot air space heaters. We advise students to dress in layers so that they may add or subtract clothing layers for their comfort.

In an effort to streamline our registration process and make things less confusing, we include all fees in the cost of the workshop. There are no additional charges once the fee is paid unless clearly stated in the course description. Each registered student receives a two day admission to the Festival at no additional charge. You will receive your admission pass as an e-ticket approximately one week prior to the Festival. These e-tickets will need to be used for entry to the fairgrounds on SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. Those students attending classes on Thursday or Friday do not require a ticket to enter the grounds. Once sent, the e-ticket is the responsibility of the student.  If lost, we cannot replace them and an entrance ticket to the festival will need to be purchased.

Our on-line registration utilizes payment via PayPal. You do not have to have your own PayPal account to use our on-line registration. PayPal allows you to use your own credit card or even a check, as well. Just follow the instructions throughout the registration module.
Once you complete your PayPal transaction please click on the link in blue type to return to the Festival website. Doing this will clear your shopping cart. If you do not, despite being already purchased and paid for, items will remain in your cart and have to be manually removed.

Mail-In Registration (PDF)

Please remember to indicate alternative choices on the registration form. Some classes will fill quickly and if you do not indicate an alternative choice, your registration will be delayed. The registration form is a pdf file. You MUST download it and mail it to us with complete payment in order to register. Also, if you use this method of registration, please remember that others may be registering on line while your form is in the mail - making it all the important in indicate alternative choices.

Instructor Illness Clause:

On rare occasion it may be necessary to cancel a class or several classes due to instructor illness or travel delays. Should this occur, the Festival will make notification, as soon as possible, by the following methods: email, cellular telephone number if provided and home telephone number. The student will have the option of participating in another scheduled class, providing there is a place available in that class OR a refund for the class will be given MINUS the cost of the two day entry ticket fee IF the e-ticket has already been sent to the student's email address. The Festival WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE for travel or hotel fees incurred by the student or any other fee related to the cancellation. If the student opts for a replacement class, NO REFUND WILL BE GIVEN.

    70% refund prior to 60 days of class date
    50% refund prior to 30 days of class date
    No refund within 30 days of the class date
Student may also opt, on their own, to re-sell  or gift class at their own expense. It is the responsibility of the original purchaser to notify the Festival of any changes.


Still working on this 5/11/13 8:00PM
We're experiencing an operating problem with PayPal.
Sorry for any inconvenience.
We'll hopefully be back 'live' shortly
Have Fun!!