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Sheep and Wool Festival comes to Rhinebeck
The annual New York State Sheep and Wool Festival will take place at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds this weekend. The two-day event will offer a variety of wool-related things to see and do.
For guests who want to see animals, there will be llama and alpaca meet and greets, sheep dog herding demonstrations, canine frisbee demonstrations and a petting zoo.
Aside from the petting zoo, there will be a variety of children’s activities offered throughout the event. Steve Charney and Harry will put on a show featuring magic and ventriloquism and the Mad Science Show will present hands-on science experiments. There will also be pumpkin picking and a pumpkin chuckin’ contest.
For grown-up guests, there will be dozens of activities to choose from. If you're looking to stock up on some fleecewear to keep warm this winter, stop by one of the many vendor booths selling wool hats, scarves, socks and rugs. Several authors, many of whom are experts in wool crafts, will offer lectures and book signings, while an assortment of chefs will offer cooking demonstrations.
New to the festival this year are several competitions involving knitting and wool creations as well as workshops to learn crocheting, knitting, spinning, weaving, and more.
IF YOU GO:
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21
Info: Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 655 Spring Brook Ave., Rhinebeck; sheepandwool.com; $12 general admission