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Annual Grape Harvest Festival

Florida A&M University (FAMU) will host its 13th Annual "Grape Harvest Festival" and First Lady Vineyard Run/Walk on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at the Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research, located at 6505 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32307/ Theme: “Visions of Health and Wealth in the Vineyard.”

The First Lady Vineyard Run/Walk will kickoff with registration at 7 a.m. and the race will begin at 8 a.m. The Annual FAMU Grape Harvest Festival is a community event sponsored by FAMU and coordinated through its Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research.

This year’s festival will highlight the "muscadine grape" and other small fruit research projects. Also there will be fun-filled amusements, educational displays and informative demonstrations for all ages. Some of the children’s entertainment includes pony rides, air bouncers and a petting zoo. Additional activities include: a hula hoop contest; grape throwing games; winemaking demonstrations/workshops; a health fair with exhibits from more than 30 local organizations such as the Bond Community Health Center, Leon County Health Department, Sickle Cell Foundation, and New Leaf Market; an invitational wine-tasting session featuring FAMU and other Florida commercial wineries; and an exciting and highly popular old-fashioned grape stomping contest beginning at noon.

Participants will have an opportunity to pick grapes at a specified time and place. Bags will be provided; but no buckets will be allowed. The festival promises to be jammed packed with fun-filled excitement for the entire family.

Admission is $5 per person and free for kids 13 and under. For more information, contact Ms. Angela Harper at (850) 599-3996; email: angela.harper@famu.edu.

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