Around the country
Fall festivals are a great way to get outside and enjoy the season. Here are a few events from around the country.
At the Fresh Hop Ale Festival, in downtown Yakima, Wash., on Oct. 1, you can sample a variety of craft beers, including fresh hop ale, a unique drink that goes from vine to vat in 24 hours. The hops will come from a local source - Yakima Valley growers, who claim to produce up to 70 percent of American hops used for brewing. For details, go to www.freshhopalefestival.com or call (509) 966-0930.
At the Chile and Frijoles Festival in Pueblo, Colo., Sept. 23-25, you'll find mariachi bands, artists, a tortilla toss and cooking competitions; details at (800) 233-3446 or www.pueblochamber.org.
Also in Colorado, check out the Colorado Mountain Winefest, Sept. 15-18, in Palisade - www.coloradowinefest.com - and the Elk Festival, Oct. 1-2, where visitors can observe the annual elk rut, or mating season in Estes Park, www.estesparkcvb.com.
In New England, a harvest festival at the Edaville Cranberry Bog is scheduled for Oct. 6-8 in South Carver, Mass. - www.cranberries.org or (508) 295-4895 - while Sakonnet Vineyards' harvest festival takes place Oct. 7 in Little Compton, R.I., (800) 919-4637.
Source: Associated Press

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