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.