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Cos­tumes were en­cour­aged at last Satur­day’s “End of Ok­to­ber­fest” beer (and a whole lot more) fes­ti­val in Sper­ryville, and the har­vest crown worn by the bright blue-eyed Shoshana Dat­low of The Plains didn’t dis­ap­point. An es­ti­mated 1,300 peo­ple at­tended the an­nual fes­ti­val, spon­sored by nu­mer­ous Sper­ryville busi­nesses and hosted by Pen Druid Brew­ing.

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, left. Above, Her­itage Hol­low Farm’s Mike Peter­son, a cel­e­brated chef to boot, mans the fes­ti­val’s large out­door grill.



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