BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Are you ready for some fun in the sun this weekend, complete with wagging tails and wine?

The 17th annual Horse and Hound Wine Festival is returning to the Peaks of Otter Winery in Bedford from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 9.

Since WFXR News is one of the sponsors for the event, WFXR’s Hazelmarie Anderson took a trip out to Bedford to soak up the great outdoors; learn about the festival’s history; and taste some of the treats that will be available on Saturday with the owner of Peaks of Otter Winery, Danny Johnson.

According to the winery‘s website, there will be muskrat races; various pet contests, including the “Sharp Dressed Pet Contest; entertaining and educational lessons about horses; pony rides and carriage rides with the Kazim Klowns; and live music from Sam Austin and Silverline.

Organizers tell WFXR News that general admission cost $15 and tasting tickets cost $20. However, dogs and children under age 12 will get into the festival for free.

The winery says part of the proceeds from the Horse and Hound Wine Festival will go toward dog and horse nonprofits, such as Friends of Bedford County Animal Shelter, Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue, Inc., and Commonwealth Search and Rescue.

No outside food, beverages, or coolers are allowed at the festival, organizers say.

You can visit the Peaks of Otter Winery’s website to buy tickets for Saturday’s festival, check out the events schedule, and find a list of the various vendors and wineries that will be in attendance.