Return of Festival of Grapes has organizers, village juiced

OBSERVER Photos by Jo Ward Coaches Abigail Rocque, Staci Bauer and Susan Skarzenski stomp grapes at the 52nd Annual Festival of Grapes.

SILVER CREEK — Although this year’s Festival of Grapes had to be scaled back, the Festival Board is pleased to announce that some expected activities are in fact returning.

The Arts and Crafts show will take place in the Village square during the Festival, which runs Friday to Sunday. The craft show will be open on Friday from noon to 7 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Also, a festival favorite — grape stomping — will be happening on Friday at 6 p.m. in the Village Square. This event is being held with co-sponsorship by the Grape Festival Committee and AmVets 6472. Monies raised from entries in the event will be used to help Vets and our local community.

Additionally, there will be two musical acts performing at the Festival on Saturday.

The Rustic Ramblers, a Western New York band playing Classic Country, will be playing at the gazebo in the park on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Following them, the Formula Band, who play a variety of pop, rock, classic rock, and Motown, will be playing in front of the Recreational Building in the lower park from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Merritt Wine tent, a local favorite, will return for the Festival of Grapes in the lower park. They will have sponsored music at the wine tent on both Friday and Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., with Friday’s performance coming from Turbulence, while Saturday’s will be Furious George.

The Festival of Grapes committee is pleased to announce that there will be a Drum and Bugle Corps performance presented by WNY Alumni Group and Northeast Brass Co. on Sunday. The musical treat will happen in the Village Square from 1 to 2 p.m. It is sure to be a lively and enjoyable show.

The board also hopes to have many of the normal food vendors present as well. The Grape Festival Board looks forward to celebrating the local grape agriculture and harvest to the extent that is possible this year and invite all to come have a “grape” time.


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