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August 20, 1998|By Rasmi Simhan

Not just hot air

Celebrate Frederick County's 250th birthday with a balloon festival. Tomorrow, Balloon Glow features lighted hot-air balloons, food, souvenirs and more. Balloons will include Shamu the Whale from Sea World and a 14-story Indianapolis Race car, the largest balloon ever made.

The balloon bonanza continues with Races & Chases on Saturday and Sunday. Watch the "Hare" balloon take flight and, five minutes later, the "Hounds" following in hot pursuit. The Saturday and Sunday races at the Wings of Freedom Air Show are sponsored by the Confederate Air Force at Frederick Municipal Airport.

The free Balloon Glow begins at 5 p.m. tomorrow at Husky Park off Highland Street, behind the Frederick County Fairgrounds. Parking is available at the fairgrounds. Call at 301-663-8687 or 800-999-3613.

Races & Chases begins at 7:15 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Saturday and at 7:15 a.m. Sunday at Frederick Municipal Airport (exit 56 off I-70). Admission to Wings of Freedom Air Show required: $10; $5 children 7-12; free for ages 6 and under. The air show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Call 301-631-5357.

Wine festival

Taste more than 300 wines at the 23rd annual Virginia Wine Festival at Great Meadow in The Plains. Get wine-savvy at a seminar or survey the craft stalls. Or try anything from gyros to German sausage, all to the sound of mixed music and jazz. Children's activities include face-painting, grape-stomping and a train ride.

The entertainment doesn't stop there. "Entertaining 101" author Linda West Eckhardt will give tips on throwing terrific home parties.

The festival runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Great Meadow, between The Plains and Warrenton, about 1.5 miles from the intersection of Routes 17 and 245. $15 in advance, $18 at the gate; under 21 $5; children 2 and under get in free. Call 410-267-6711.

Pub Date: 8/20/98

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