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August 19, 2004

COMING UP

Spend the weekend stomping on grapes at Fiore Winery's 15th annual wine festival.

Thousands attend every year to sample wine, listen to live jazz, tour the vineyard, eat food from different vendors and, of course, soak up wine-making skills, said vintner Mike Fiore (pictured). The grape-stomping is a contest, and participants are judged on technique, style and originality. The vineyard doesn't provide any instruction for this task, so we recommend boning up with I Love Lucy reruns.

The festival hours are noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $12 at the gate.

Fiore Winery is at 3026 Whiteford Road, Pylesville. Call 410-879-4007 or visit www. fiorewinery.com.

-- Annie Linskey

NOW OR NEVER

If you're enamored of nesting cutlery, waterproof matches and butane stoves, pack up your gear. Rocky Gap State Park, in Allegany County east of Cum-berland, is sponsoring its fourth annual Campground Cook-off on Saturday. Campers staying at the park can enter their grub.

All food must be cooked at the campsite. Prizes are awarded to first, second and third place. Food is scored on taste, appearance (does it look edible?) and presentation (are the knives and forks set on the proper side?).

Greg Latta and Dean Shu-maker will put on a guitar concert during dinner.

Previous winners whipped up fish kebabs, clam soup and pies. All food must be submitted to the campsite's "snack shack" by 4:45 p.m., and judging starts at 5 p.m. Campsites cost $25-$30. Cabins are available for $50 a night.

Rocky Gap State Park is at 12500 Pleasant Valley Road in Flintstone. From Baltimore take Interstate 70 West to Interstate 68 West to Exit 50. Call 301-777-2138 for more information or visit the Web site www.dnr.state.md.us / publiclands / western / rockygap.html.

-- Annie Linskey

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The Maryland State Fair...Celebrating Count Basie's 100th birthday.

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