AutumnFest adds whiskey sampling

By Ryan Cornell

The Shenandoah AutumnFest is just turning 4 this weekend, but it’s already developed a hankering for whiskey.

New to this year’s festival is an area that will let eventgoers sample a selection of whiskeys.

Cheri Wright, executive director of the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce, said they wanted to reflect the growing market for whiskeys in Virginia, similar to the recent success experienced by craft breweries.

In addition to whiskey, sampling of beer, cigars and local wines will be available.

The fourth annual AutumnFest, a fundraiser for the chamber, will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock.

The log-splitting competition introduced last fall will make a return from 1 to 4 p.m., an event Wright said “is always a crowd pleaser.”

A statewide barbecue competition sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and barbecue tasting will also be back, from 2 to 4 p.m.

On stage, a musical performance by Moondog Medicine Show will begin at 1 p.m.

AutumnFest also includes arts and crafts, a business expo and kids activities such as pony rides and a bouncy house.

Wright, who headed a chamber in Minnesota before joining the Shenandoah County chamber last month, said she’s eager to experience the festival.

“A lot of people are really excited about it; they always have a great time,” she said. “With it being my first one, I’m really excited to see how it all goes down.”

Advance tickets are $7 for general admission and $10 for wine tasting, and can be purchased at the chamber office, any First Bank location or at The Market in Woodstock.

Tickets at the gate are $10 for general admission and $15 for wine tasting.

Admission is free for children 16 and younger.

For more info, visit http://www.goo.gl/umgk6f or call 540-459-2542.