One year after being canceled, annual Horse and Hound Wine Festival draws in thousands

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The 16th annual Horse and Hound Wine Festival could not be denied Saturday, drawing an estimated 3,000 visitors to the grounds of Peaks of Otter Winery.

WFXR News was a proud media sponsor of the event, which was held Saturday, July 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wine lovers from around the Commonwealth were in attendance.

The event featured five of Virginia’s finest wineries: AmRhein, Homeplace, Lake Anna, Rebec, and Peaks of Otter.

The annual festival made its grand return this year, after being canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Over a year into the pandemic, thousands of families were back to enjoy all of the event’s unique features, including pony rides, dog events, and craft vendors.

The 2021 event was dedicated to all those affected by COVID-19, including the families of Joe Carson and Doug Fielder. Carson was the husband of Jennifer Carson, who has been in charge of the festival’s opening ceremonies. Fielder was the lifeguard for the dogs that could not swim in the muskrat race.

“This has been a tough year for everybody. I don’t care who it was. Everybody was affected by the coronavirus, and that’s the reason we dedicated the festival this year to all of the people that have been affected by coronavirus,” said Danny Johnson, co-owner of Peaks of Otter Winery.

Organizers brought a new feature this year, known as “doggie dollars.” Visitors were able to use them as cash at the festival on a variety of items offered, from wine tastings to homemade crafts.

Johnson says it’s the biggest attendance he’s ever seen from the festival and looks forward to bringing it back next year.

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