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Photo of last year's Rappahannock Fourth of July fireworks by Joyce Harman.

Doing the Fourth right

Now into its fourth year, the Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Fourth of July Celebration couldn’t be a more appropriate and enjoyable way to spend Independence Day outdoors with the family — and amid music, balloon rides, tractors and fireworks. It’s again at Bill Fletcher’s Thornton Hill Hounds course off U.S. 522 just south of Sperryville, and no one has more experience getting cars in and out smoothly than SVFD’s crew and the many other volunteers who forgo the tailgate parties the rest of us set up so they can help move things along and keep everyone safe.

Gates open at 1, music (Gold Top County Ramblers, Bobby G. & Friends) starts at 5, and there is food, fire and police displays, antique cars and farm equipment, local nonprofit booths, games, face painting, magic, hot-air balloon rides, a moon bounce and more. It’s $20 per vehicle, $30 for tailgaters. Fireworks at dusk. Rain date: Monday, July 5.

Beforehand, to get in the patriotic mood, consider a visit to Washington Baptist Church for a Declaration of Independence reading (and colonial costume party) at 1 p.m. Sunday. All are welcome – and are welcome to sign the “Declaration” after the reading.

Gadino: a ‘favorite’

Gadino Cellars has been recognized by Google as a “Favorite Place.” Less than 1 percent of all U.S. businesses achieved such recognition from the Web’s search-engine powerhouse. Washington’s Gadino Cellars was one of the most popular local businesses on Google, as measured by how many times people found the business listing and clicked on it for more information.

Narmada: a grantee

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reports that Amissville’s Narmada Winery is one of seven Virginia farms, wineries and other agricultural enterprises to receive grants to pursue marketing opportunities for agricultural commodities. The funds were awarded through the USDA Value-Added Producer Grant program. The funds may be used for feasibility studies or business plans, working capital for marketing value-added agricultural products and for farm-based projects. Narmada received $297,663.

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