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The 16th Annual Nelson County Summer Festival will be held June 28 and 29, 2008 on the lawn of the historic Oak Ridge Estate.

This non-profit, family-friendly event attracts thousands to the shaded front lawn of Oak Ridge to enjoy music, wine, crafts and more.

Activities at the Nelson County Summer Festival  range from pony rides for the kids to wine tasting for the adults and a Festival Marketplace to delight everyone, all set against a backdrop of top quality musical acts and beautiful scenery.
(Tours of the house will not be available at this event.)

The Festival is designed to be both entertaining and educational and is the perfect family outing. Why not attend this year's Festival and find out why so many families make this an annual tradition.

Here are just a few of the many reasons :

Rural Living

The Rural Living tents are an assortment of sights, sounds and activities. Enjoy a variety of informative and fascinating exhibits, where you can pet the critters, or exchange ideas with fellow gardeners .

Kids Fest - Fun for Children

Kids Fest is a zone bursting with activites for the younger set - from pony rides, to an array of creative games and projects under the enthusiastic guidance of the students, teachers and parents of North Branch School.

All Kid Fest Activities are FREE!!!

Festival Foods

Sample from a tantalizing variety of gourmet foods, refreshing drinks and sweet treats in the Festival Food Court.

Blue Ridge Wines

Central Virginia has been home to a thriving farm wine industry since Jefferson's time. The modern era of Virginia wine-growing in the region began in Nelson County. Award-winning wines, presented by eight local vineyards, will be available for tasting and purchase by adults (age 21 years and older). There is a $5.00 charge for wine tasting, which includes a souvenir glass.

Festival Marketplace

An array of high-quality products by regional artisans, and a sampling of Nelson County's cottage industry, offers something for everyone in all price ranges.










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