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Going out: Weekend festivals get serious

By Josette Keelor

Autumn festivals have been dotting the region in recent weeks, but like leaves that soon will coat the ground, we've only seen the beginning.

This weekend, fall fairs from Winchester to Harrisonburg will keep the valley dancing, singing, eating and communing until Sunday's 4:30 p.m. Duck Race in Edinburg.

• Edinburg's annual Ole Time Festival will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday and run all weekend with three days' worth of free entertainment like a square and line dance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, the Fun Run at 8 a.m. Saturday and the Amazing Bed Race at 2 p.m. Sunday. Food vendors, demonstrators, antique cars and tractors, storytellers and more will mingle with a children's festival and art show in downtown Edinburg. In bad weather, entertainment at the festival main stage will move to 707 Center St., and the Mill Stage to the Cider Press Room at the Edinburg Mill. Information: 984-7272, edinburgoletimefestival.org

• From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Winchester, the Rotary Club of Winchester's Annual Apple Harvest Arts and Crafts Festival will be at Jim Barnett Park, with arts and crafts vendors, an Ole Tyme Apple Growers exhibit and food vendors. The "Kids Zone" will include inflatables for children, The Apple Theme Booth will display and offer samples for locally grown apples -- and for that matter so will an Apple Pie eating contest -- and Virginia-made crafts will be at the Everything Virginia Booth. The event is expected to raise nearly $20,000 again this year and benefit local charities.

Admission is $5 for ages 14-64, $4 for those older than 64, $3 for ages 6-13 and free to those younger than 6. A coupon at the Winchester-Frederick County Convention & Visitor's Center gives $1 off admission. Information: 540-542-1326, www.winchesterrotary.com

• Building on SalsaFest of previous years, the first Celebración of Winchester will honor Hispanic Heritage Month from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday with live music on the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall. Performances by Latin musical groups Tierra Firmé and Alegria Musical de Mexico will join deejay Valentin in entertaining the crowd.

The festival, organized by the Coalition for Racial Unity, Shenandoah Arts Council and the Winchester Main Street Foundation, features a children's art activity tent, Latin dancing lessons, a dance contest, a dance performance by a Mexican children's dance troupe, an instrument petting zoo with Shenandoah Conservatory music education students, artisan tents, "country" tents representing different Hispanic countries and the Best Salsa in Town tasting contest. Food and beverages will be for sale, including a variety of Hispanic beers.

Admission is free, but those who wish to taste the cultural beers will have to provide proof of age at specified tents to obtain ID bracelets. There is a fee for purchase of beverages. Information 540-667-5166, www.winchestermainstreetfoundation.com

Contact Community Engagement Editor Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137, ext. 176, or jkeelor@nvdaily.com



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