The Hillsdale County Fair and County National Bank will host the third annual Beer and Wine Festival as a fundraiser for the Hillsdale County Fair. The event will be held at the fairgrounds on Saturday, May 4, from 3 – 8 p.m. and is open to everyone 21 or older.
There will be about 75 brands of craft beer and 3 different types of wine to sample or purchase at the non-profit event.
Food will also be available for purchase at the festival. One of the event sponsors, Hillsdale Market House, will be providing derby-style hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Randy’s Barbeque and Tiki Sam’s Mobile Wood Fired Pizza will also be catering food.
Because the festival will take place on the same day as the Kentucky Derby, the race will be displayed on large-screen TVs and ‘Pick the Race Winner’ games in addition to door prizes, drawings, and giveaways.
Lori Hull at the fairgrounds office said the festival will be shaped around the spirit of the horse race.
“Everyone can come as they are, but we encourage ladies to wear their kentucky derby-style hats,” Hull said.
In fact, there will be a “Best Hat” competition with a grand prize of $100.
Hillsdale Market House owner Brett Boyd said, “we are encouraging folks to dress up. At the Kentucky Derby, ladies wear big crazy hats and fascinators, and that’s what we’d like people to do for this festival.”
Boyd also said the festival would be good for “a date night.”
“Bring your date out, try some great beer and wine, and have a little fun with the Kentucky Derby,” Boyd said.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of the event, and are available at the Fairground office, Market House, or startickets.com. All proceeds will go towards the maintenance of the Hillsdale County Fair.