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Country Fair/Auction

Youth for Tomorrow's 25th Annual Country Fair/Auction is being held this Saturday, October 2 from 10:00-5:00 in Bristow. There will be hundreds of items up for silent auction, live auction and on the Blind Bid Board. The kids will enjoy the unlimted rides,games and amusements: Rop-A Phobia, Roller Coaster, Lazer Runner, Kiddie Ferris Wheel, Dual Lane Slide, Mini Pirate Ship, Air Jumpers, Twisters, Carousels, Bungee Bull, Obstacle Courses and more. There will also be a pig race and a petting zoo with exotic animals.

Come out and enjoy the beautiful weather while supporting a great cause, Youth for Tomorrow. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

Featured Vineyard - La Grange

October is Wine Month in Virginia. This week, I will be featuring a different Loudoun Vineyard each day (some may be good, some not so good...in my humble opinion). Living in Loudoun County, you will find some phenomenal vineyards! Being an avid wine drinker (but not a wine connoisseur by any means), I have found a few to be my favorite escapes with the total package of great wine, great views, great company and great hospitality. But with all of them, they all have a distinct taste of wine and personality that might suit one and not the other.

Today's feature is going to be one of my favorite vineyards, La Grange

Runner's Galore!

Being that it is now Fall, it's time for many communities and organizations holding Runs. There are quite a few going on in the next few months around the area and here are some links to them.

Get out there, get involved, get healthy and run for some fantastic causes!

http://www.active.com/running/haymarket-va/iron-aiden-5k-2010-kx305

http://www.active.com/running/reston-va/the-perfect-10-10-miler-and-10k-2010

http://www.susco8k.com/

http://www.heritagehalfmarathon.com/

http://www.active.com/running/stone-ridge-va/stone-ridge-5k-run-for-education-and-kids-fun-run-2010

What to do with Halloween Candy?

Do you dread the pillowcases full of candy that will be coming home with your munchkin on Halloween? Instead of having them chalked up on a sugar high for the next 11 months, persuade them to watch some really cool experiments! This site has some really cool ideas of experiments you can do with Halloween candy that are sure to delight your little ones. Whether it's watching a warhead dissolve into bubbles or seeing an "S" from the word Skittles float to the top of the water, you must try a few of these!

Check out the website HERE.

Fall Pumpkin Festival

Ticonderoga Farms is a hidden treasure right next to South Riding in Chantilly. It's on over 1000 acres and is family owned for over 5 generations. This is a great secret to those who normally love Cox's Farm right down the road. You won't find the dreaded lines like those at Cox's. And although there aren't as many slides as Cox's, you will find some other amenities that aren't offered elsewhere.

The best amenity they offer is you can pick your own pumpkin and gourds from the vines. You ride on a hayride (you won't have to wait 20-30 minutes in line) through the farm and are dropped off in the field to go find your desired pumpkin. Kids get the true feel of where they come from, instead of just picking it out of a bin. They also have my favorite, the Smore's pit. You can roast your own Smores. I'd recommend bringing your own bag of Marshmellow's and Chocolate. They used to give them out for free, but now they charge a bit for them.

Great Country Farms Cider Fest

Great Country Farms is doing their annual Cider Fest and Antique Tractors event this Saturday/Sunday from 12-4. Enjoy tasting freshly pressed cider and demonstrations with 1800's antique presses. Enjoy Cider Slushies and apple pies while taking a tour of the farm and their antique tractors.

For the kids, there is a Corn Maze, a 2800 sqft Jumping Pillow (this is a MUST while there!), Putt Putt Golf, Wagonrides to U-Pick produce, farm animals to visit and feed, rope swings, giant slides, tire mountain and more. Admission price is $10-12 and those with Military ID are free.

Their official Fall Harvest Festival start September 25th and goes until October 31st. Find more information by clicking here.

6th Annual Autumn Apple Festival

It's almost apple picking time again! Come out for the 6th Annual Autumn Apple Festival at Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum in Sterling, VA on Saturday, October 23. You can visit the exhibit "Viriginia Apples for Flavor: The Story of Hill High Orchards" and see historic orchard tools at work! Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum is located at 21668 Heritage Farm Lane.

For just $3-5 a person you can learn how to make cider and apple butter and meet local farmers and learn how to buy fresh and shop local for your family!