Over the next two weekends, two featured events in Rhinebeck are expected to clog the roads, so drivers, beware.
That’s the message from Village Mayor Jim Reardon, who announced in a news release that the third annual Fall Foliage half marathon and 5K will be held on Sun., Oct. 13 starting at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, followed by the return of the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival to the fairgrounds on Oct. 19 and 20.
Of the Foliage run, Reardon said, “This year, we are expecting up to 1,000 runners to participate, which is about 30 percent higher than the first edition. The race will stage at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds and wind its way through the Village, down to Rhinecliff, south on Morton Rd and South Mill Rd and then return to the Fairgrounds.”
The race, he added, will be crossing Route 9 and Route 308 and runners will travel along the sides of the roads on the course. “Road closures and traffic delays should be anticipated and alternate routes considered and used. Also, we urge people to exercise caution if it is necessary to travel the race route as safety is our number one concern ” he said.
Reardon noted that officials expect a turnout of 40,000 to 50,000 people for the sheep and wool festival, which he said “is recognized as one of the top festivals in the country.”
The event, he added, has become the second largest held at the Fairgrounds, exceeded only by the Dutchess County Fair. “Due to the fact that the hours of operation are significantly shorter than the Fair, those attending and leaving do so in a very small window, which in turn leads to major traffic flow. The Fairgrounds is served by two-lane roads. There will be traffic delays and that should be anticipated and planned for,” he warned.