Splendid day in Sperryville

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The weather was perfect for Saturday’s annual “End of Oktoberfest” beer — and so much more — festival on River Lane in Sperryville. “What I love so much about these events is that it feels very much like a large community getting together — families on blankets relaxing and tons of kids having a great time,” says Pen Druid brewer and festival co-host Jennings Carney.

There were so many festival-goers, in fact, that a 280-pound roasted pig was consumed within a few hours, washed down with craft beer of every style and flavor. Seen beneath Flourish Root Floral’s tent, Jillian McFadyen fashions a harvest crown for 7-year-old Makenzie Settle of Fauquier County. Heritage Hollow Farm’s Mike Peterson, a celebrated chef to boot, mans the festival’s large outdoor grill; while a visiting couple considers some “End of Oktoberfest” bargains from Colleen O’Bryant’s Wild Roots Apothecary.

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