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Wine in the Woods draws 24,000 in 22nd year

The music flowed, the wine poured, the food tempted and the sun shone. By all accounts, it was a memorable Wine in the Woods festival Saturday and Sunday at Symphony Woods in Columbia.

"We finally got two good weather days back to back," said Phil Bryan, Howard County superintendent of recreation services. "We were able to manage very well."

Bryan said Monday a final crowd count was still pending, but estimated the crowds over the two days totaled at least 24,000 people.

This years Wine in the Woods, now in its 22nd year, also attracted 30 wineries, up from nine vintners in the first year. This year also saw 50 crafters 25 food vendors, six specialty food vendors and bands on two stages.

Bryant said the festival offered more seating area this year because of the moving of the purple stage location.

He said credit is due to several county departments, such as police and firefighters, in addition to the sponsoring parks and recreation department for making the event a success.

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