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A family-friendly wine festival?

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We’re getting into the season where wine festivals sprout up almost every weekend. Can you enjoy a round of tastings while toting the kids along?

Two festivals this weekend are trying to make that possible.

The Fredericksburg Area Wine Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 8-9) and the Taste of Culpeper wine, food and arts festival is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 9.

Fredericksburg Area Wine Festival promoter Gary Everett says there’s no need to hire a babysitter to come out to his event, at Old Mill Park in Fredericksburg. He said the crowd is typically well-behaved, and there are clowns, face-painting, a barrel train and other activities to keep the kiddos happy. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate, and kids ages 5 to 20 are $5. Find more information here.

The 7th annual Taste of Culpeper will take place at the Depot in downtown Culpeper from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 9. The festival includes wine and food tastings. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate adults. Children ages 12 and under are free, and tickets for anyone who doesn’t plan to drink are $5.

The folks in Culpeper seem to have thought of everything that might keep you from coming to a fall festival. Even the college football-obsessed in your family are accommodated:

“FREE activities for children include face painting, moonbounce, art projects, games and much more. Live music for the afternoon will feature The Gold Top County Ramblers with an opening act from Pocket Aces. For the sports fans, an outdoor football lounge will be available with two large screen TVs.”

Find more information here.

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