Downtown Milton-Freewater to teem with family fair activities

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Old Town Freewater folks will be taking it to the streets this weekend.

The Milton-Freewater North Main Street Merchants and Property Owners Association is putting on the Old Town Freewater Street Fair on Friday and Saturday.

The event promises a weekend of "family fun" with arts and crafts, food, music, wine tasting and a fun run.

It starts Friday with artisan work on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Live music will be performed both days during those same hours.

At 8:30 a.m. Saturday the 5K/1K fun run/walk begins. The event benefits McLoughlin High School. Registration is at 7:30 a.m.

Wine tasting with Locati Cellars, Don Carlo Vineyard, Ellanelle Wine Company and Blue Mountain Cider Company runs noon-5 p.m. Saturday.

Food will be available from The Bank & Grill Catering Co., Elks barbecue and a bake sale.

For more details visit the Milton-Freewater merchants association Facebook page.

It's play time at the Children's Museum of Walla Walla.

The operation has launched its seasonal summer hours.

The nonprofit museum at 77 Wainwright Drive offers exhibits and programs to encourage children to explore the world around them in the pursuit of lifelong learning.

Hours of operation for the season are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. That schedule will be in place until Sept. 28. For more information call 526-7529.

The first time was a charm for Robison Ranch Cellars.

After being advised for years to become more active in wine competitions, operators listened.

Not only did three wines medal in their first competition ever, one of them took best in class.

Robison's "super Tuscan," a wine called "Combine," took gold in the category as well as Best in Class at the Pacific Rim International Wine Competition in Riverside, Calif.

The winery's 2009 merlot and 2011 viognier also earned bronze medals.

This year's competition featured about 1,400 wines, said Robison Ranch Cellars winemaker Brad Riordan.

"What really counts to us is how the wines taste to our friends because everyone's palate is different," he and wife Ruth said in an announcement to wine club members. "And we believe wines should be enjoyed in a relaxed setting."

The winery is located on a working wheat ranch on Robison Ranch Road, a left-hand turn off Lower Waitsburg Road, about 11/2 miles north of U.S. Highway 12. The tasting room there is open Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and by appointment.

Cougar Crest Estate Winery also had four awards in the competition.

The winery's 2008 cabernet franc won gold. Its 2008 merlot earned a silver; and its '08 malbec and 2010 viognier garnered bronzes. Cougar Crest, 50 Frenchtown Road, is owned by David and Deborah Hansen,

Walla Walla Clothing Co. will celebrate its second annual Summer Soiree this weekend.

Visitors can enter for a drawing for a $100 gift card and free T-shirts at the downtown retailer, 103 E. Main St.

The event runs all day Friday and Saturday. Co-owner Teresa Morasch said the event is designed to celebrate the long-awaited sunny months of summer.

Beverages and summery fare will be served to shoppers, who can also get 15 percent off anything in the store.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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