This year’s sheep dog trials will be held April 22-23 with a special Wool and Wine Festival added April 22.

Two new events are coming to Hoover Ridge this spring.

The Wool and Wine Festival, an extension of the annual sheep dog trials, will be held April 22 followed by the Hoover Ridge Hops Fest May 28.

The Madison Parks and Recreation Authority (PRA) hopes the two events will add something different to Hoover Ridge, bringing in people who have maybe never visited the park before.

“Wool and wine has been on [manager] Jerry [Carpenter’s] radar for a few years,” PRA’s Valerie Miller said.

She said the event is a way to make the sheep dog trials a larger event while offering something for everyone. The annual sheep dog trials will be held April 22-23 while the Wool and Wine Festival will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22. So far, there are eight confirmed vendors for the festival while the trials will again be full with exhibitors from throughout the country and Canada. Both are held rain or shine and wool vendors will be present in the pavilion with wine vendors located in a tented, roped off area. Local wineries DuCard and Prince Michel are expected to be on hand, along with Horton, Mountain Run, and Castle Greene. Farm Fresh Fixins and Two Brothers Southwest Grill will offer food for purchase. A special wine and design event will also be held 1-2:30 p.m.

As in year’s past, entrance to the sheep dog trials is free. A wine tasting ticket is available for $15 and wine and design, plus tasting ticket is $50. Pets on leashes are allowed at the park, but not in the wine tasting area.

The following month, the Hoover Ridge Hops Fest will be held. The event was born out of brainstorming by the authority’s committee.

“We were thinking of events to bring people out and try something a little different,” Miller said. “We have a good location to bring in music and craft beer.”

The festival will be held 2-7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 28 and will feature craft beer from O’Connor, Hardywood, Beer Hound Brewery, Devil’s Backbone, Shock Top, Starr Hill, Brothers, Pale Fire, South Street Brewery, Blue Mountain Brewery, Goose Island, Troegs and Dominion, along with Bold Rock Hard Cider. The event is being sponsored by Beer Hound Brewery, Far Gohn Brewing Company and Tour de Madison.

“It was important to use as many fairly local and Central Virginia beers as possible,” Miller said. Local brewery Bald Top, which will be celebrating its summer kick-off weekend, will be helping in other ways.

Music will be provided by James 3 at 2:30 p.m. and Chamomile & Whiskey at 4:30 p.m.

Early bird tickets are available for $25 while tickets at the gate will be $35. Admission for designated drivers or minors will be $5. Identification will be checked at the gate and coolers are not permitted. Pets are also not permitted for the event due to the crowd expected. The PRA estimates approximately 1,000 people will attend. Ticket sales are cut off at 2,500.

“We’re really expecting two fun events,” Miller said. “They bring so much to Hoover Ridge and something different. We’re looking forward to them.”

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Tickets are also available from the PRA office and on-site. Cash, credit and checks are accepted.

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