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LaGrange woman tops 1-mile Beer Run at Callaway Gardens Craft Beer Festival

Craft Beer Fest draws crowd at Gardens

By James Morton

jmorton@civitasmedia.com

Vickie Crenshaw of LaGrange runs towards the finish line Saturday during the Craft Beer Festival’s Beer Run at Callaway Gardens.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2015/09/web1_WEB091415callawaybeer-17.jpgVickie Crenshaw of LaGrange runs towards the finish line Saturday during the Craft Beer Festival’s Beer Run at Callaway Gardens.

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Vickie Crenshaw of LaGrange grabs her final beer during the Craft Beer Festival’s Beer Run at Callaway Gardens. Runners had to gulp 12 ounces of beer every quarter mile during the race. Crenshaw took first place in the 1-mile run Saturday.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2015/09/web1_WEB091415callawaybeer-23.jpgVickie Crenshaw of LaGrange grabs her final beer during the Craft Beer Festival’s Beer Run at Callaway Gardens. Runners had to gulp 12 ounces of beer every quarter mile during the race. Crenshaw took first place in the 1-mile run Saturday.

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Vendors stop to smile for a photo, in the foreground a collection of bottle caps scatter the table like medals. Vendors poured plenty of beer Saturday at the Callaway Gardens Craft Beer Festival.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2015/09/web1_WEB091415callawaybeer-33.jpgVendors stop to smile for a photo, in the foreground a collection of bottle caps scatter the table like medals. Vendors poured plenty of beer Saturday at the Callaway Gardens Craft Beer Festival.

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Runners start the Beer Run on Saturday by gulping down a can of beer.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2015/09/web1_WEB091415callawaybeer-43.jpgRunners start the Beer Run on Saturday by gulping down a can of beer.

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LaGrange-based band Barstool Prophets rocks the Craft Beer Festival at Callaway Gardens on Saturday.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2015/09/web1_WEB091415callawaybeer-53.jpgLaGrange-based band Barstool Prophets rocks the Craft Beer Festival at Callaway Gardens on Saturday.

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Patrons talk and sample beers Saturday at the Craft Beer Festival at Callaway Gardens.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2015/09/web1_WEB091415callawaybeer-63.jpgPatrons talk and sample beers Saturday at the Craft Beer Festival at Callaway Gardens.

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Patrons take a moment to relax while sipping craft brews Saturday at the Craft Beer Festival.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2015/09/web1_WEB091415callawaybeer-73.jpgPatrons take a moment to relax while sipping craft brews Saturday at the Craft Beer Festival.

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This man’s shirt says it all. About 600 people came to sample craft brews Saturday at the Craft Beer Festival at Callaway Gardens.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2015/09/web1_WEB091415callawaybeer-83.jpgThis man’s shirt says it all. About 600 people came to sample craft brews Saturday at the Craft Beer Festival at Callaway Gardens.

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A crowd of people pass through tents to sample craft brews. The Craft Beer Festival drew about 600 people to Callaway Gardens on Saturday afternoon.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2015/09/web1_WEB091415callawaybeer-103.jpgA crowd of people pass through tents to sample craft brews. The Craft Beer Festival drew about 600 people to Callaway Gardens on Saturday afternoon.

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Hamburgers and hotdogs sizzle on the grill Saturday afternoon during the Craft Beer Festival.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2015/09/web1_WEB091415callawaybeer-123.jpgHamburgers and hotdogs sizzle on the grill Saturday afternoon during the Craft Beer Festival.

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LaGrange-based band Barstool Prophets rocks the Craft Beer Festival at Callaway Gardens on Saturday.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2015/09/web1_WEB091415callawaybeer-143.jpgLaGrange-based band Barstool Prophets rocks the Craft Beer Festival at Callaway Gardens on Saturday.

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Runners gulp their final beer of the Beer Run on Saturday before making the final sprint to the finish line during the festival.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2015/09/web1_WEB091415callawaybeer-113.jpgRunners gulp their final beer of the Beer Run on Saturday before making the final sprint to the finish line during the festival.

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PINE MOUNTAIN — Vickie Crenshaw of LaGrange won the women’s Beer Run 1-mile race Saturday afternoon at the second annual Craft Beer Festival at Callaway Gardens.

Runners had to gulp 12 ounces of beer every quarter mile during the race, including one at the start of the race. Around 30 people participated in the event.

“I feel awful,” Crenshaw said after the race. “I normally don’t run with four beers in my system.”

Crenshaw, who said she runs four times a week, prepared for the race by eating breakfast and skipping lunch, as well as drinking water — and not beer — before the race.

Crenshaw’s sister, Angela Roorbach of Pine Mountain, participated in the race as well.

Matt Lewis from Ashland, Ohio, who is stationed at Fort Benning, won the men’s race.

“It’s harder to catch your breath,” Lewis said. “… It adds a different dynamic to it, that’s for sure.”

The Callaway Craft Beer Festival on Saturday afternoon brought people from all over Georgia and states as far as Ohio, Washington and New York.

The $40 entrance fee also purchased an about 6-ounce mug that allowed patrons “all you can taste” sampling from a wide variety of craft beers from 25 different vendors, many of whom brew in Georgia.

Brandy Adams from LaGrange chose to celebrate her birthday at the event with her husband. They paid for a babysitter to watch their children so the couple could spend time together.

“My husband said, ‘What fancy restaurant do you want to go to?’” Adams said. “We’ve got two kids, let’s go to the beer fest. It’s during the day, you’ve got beer, you’ve got music … this is perfect.”

The LaGrange band Barstool Prophets treated patrons to music. College football fans were able to watch the games on TVs as well.

An estimated 600 people attended the event, according to Rachel Crumbley, director of marketing and public relations for Callaway Gardens.

Editor’s note: Story updated to reflect corrections and clarifications.

James Morton is a reporter at LaGrange Daily News. He may be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2154.