OCTOBER 20th and 21st, 2012
The Festival takes place at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds
6550 Spring Brook Ave., Rhinebeck, NY 12572.
NO PETS ALLOWED! - PLEASE LEAVE YOUR PETS AT HOME - THANK YOU
General Admission - $12.00/day at the gate
Pre-purchased tickets - $9.00/day
+$1.50 transaction Fee = $10.50. Print tickets at home. Save $1.50 on each ticket, and breeze past the ticket lines.
BUY TICKETS ONLINE from http://www.dutchessfair.com
Click on the blue and yellow ticket icon to "buy tickets for all events" link and look for the Sheep and Wool Festival.
No Weekend Passes. Just buy 2 tickets.
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 [masked] Bus parking: FREE! Form and payments must be returned no later than October 13th, 2012.
(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.
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.
Public Transportation from New York City:
By Train (All trains are met by taxis):
•Metro North Getaway Package 2012 - Sample ITINERARY
•Metro North to Poughkeepsie, followed by an approximate 45 minute taxi ride.
Shuttle Bus is also available.
•Amtrak to Rhinecliff, followed by an approximate 5 minute taxi ride.
•Trailways to Kingston, followed by an approximate 25 minute taxi ride.
More Public Transportation info and Fairgrounds Transit Info
Dutchessny.gov 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
WHERE CAN YOU STAY?
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: VRBO.com Vacation Rentals By Owner
KEY TO MAP
Book Signing by Authors
Workshops and R Workshop Registration
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
Nursing Mothers Station (Sat & Sun)
Workshops (Thurs & Fri)
Lost & Found
1. Main Gate
2. Restrooms & Public Telephones
3. Punkin’ Chuckin’ (Sun.)
4. Mulberry Street Entrance
5. Antique Museum Village
6. First Aid Stations
7. Sheep Dog Demos & Canine Frisbee
8. Festival Collectibles & Souvenirs (Tent)
22D. Craft Vendors (Downstairs)
22U. Craft Vendors (Upstairs)
23. Food Area - Vendor Tents
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
33. FESTIVAL OFFICE
34. Livestock Arena
35. Craft Vendors
36. Craft Vendors
37. Sheep Penning & Sheep Shows
37A. Dye Pot - Sunday
38. Goat Penning & Goat Shows
38B. Sheep Shearing Tent
39. Craft Vendors