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Best festivals: Fess up

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Today's Travel story is about Augusta, Mo.'s, Swingin' in the Vines fall festival -- a down-to-earth, fun little fest just outside of St. Louis.

Have you stumbled upon a festival that you like? What is it, and what makes it so great?

Lemme know....

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One of the anchors for this festival is The Livery Microbrewery which produces some of the world's best microbrewed beer (see ratebeer.com). Speaking from personal experience, these people know what they are doing! I suspect the 2008 version of Artoberfest will be a great success. As an added bonus, proceeds from Artoberfest benefit area youth art education.

---Information from the festival promotional materials---

Artoberfest is THE BIGGEST little celebration of beer, art, food and music. NEW for 2008: Artists Garage Sale! - Cool Things That Artists Collect, fresh produce from area farms, a release of The Livery's highly regarded Oktoberfest style microbrewed beer with music by "The Kinsey Report" and "Versatile". Mark your calendars for Sunday, Sept. 21, 2-7 pm. Presented by the New Territory Arts Association and The Livery Microbrewery and Cafe (190 5th Street, Benton Harbor, MI) which will serve as the main music venue for this event. Be sure to visit www.liverybrew.com, www.jayreil.com and www.newterritoryarts.org for additional information.

The New Territory Arts Association: Founded in 1998 in order to develop and promote The Benton Harbor Arts District, the New Territory Arts Association is a grassroots organization dedicated to the revitalization of Benton Harbor through the Arts. The NTAA has been responsible for many special district events including the annual Artoberfest, the Arts District Banner Projects, the NTAA Mural Project, and the Benton Harbor City Market. The New Territory Arts Association assists with art education for community youth by helping with classes at The Citadel Dance Center, Water Street Glasswork's "Fired Up!" program, and other regional art education curricula. The NTAA also participates in The Benton Harbor Children's Art Fair and other area arts related programs.

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