Gearing up for the Wine and Shine Fest
Angie Dickenson, one of the organizers of the Chase City Events group, appeared before the Chase City Chamber of Commerce during its monthly meeting held last week at Muddy’s Wing House on Main Street.
Dickenson updated the organization on the upcoming Chase City Wine and Shine Festival, coming up in September.
Pointing out that the event is now going into its third year, Dickenson told the group that the festival has grown each year, and this year is expected to be the biggest yet.
The event began, said Dickenson, to promote Chase City’s Bondurant Brothers Distillery and American Way Country Wines. That first festival, she added, had two distilleries and several area wineries. This year, she said, at least four distilleries and half a dozen wineries are expected to take part. Applications, she said, are still coming in.
The event has also attracted a number of other vendors, and again, she said, vendors are sill applying for spots at the 2017 event.
The first Wine and Shine Festival was scheduled to be held at the Chase City Airport. Uncooperative weather, however, forced the event to move to the Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative Pavilion. Organizers quickly realized that the MEC Pavilion provided an ideal location for the event, and the pavilion has become the permanent home for the Wine and Shine Fest.
Entertainment for the 2017 Wine and Shine Fest will be provided by the Worx, a well-known Mid-Atlantic regional band with a wide following and a 26-year history of pleasing the toughest audiences with a wide variety of popular favorites ranging from classics to pop.
According to Dickenson, the event started its sponsor and volunteer drive in January but “can always use more” and invited anyone interested to contact the group.
Tickets to the event will be $25 at the door and include tasting for all of the wineries and distilleries attending the event. Tickets are also available in advance through the chasecityevents.org website at $20. Designated driver and non-drinker tickets are available for $15.
“We’re asking everyone to spread the word,” said Dickenson. “We’re striving to make this a better community and bring more people into the area to help local businesses. Small towns are struggling, and that’s one thing we can do — spread the word about things going on in our community.”