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October 20, 2017

10/3/2017 2:45:00 PM
Art, car shows part of Palestine wine/arts fest
The 2017 Wabash Valley Wine and Art Festival takes place on Main Street in Palestine Saturday and Sunday.

This year's event will feature 16 wineries, more than 40 art and craft vendors, plus 12 food vendors will line Main Street for the two day event. Live entertainment is featured on the stage both days.

The Crawford County Arts Art show will takes place inside the historic Fife Opera House. The dedication of a new Abe Lincoln statue is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. and the Crawford County Collectible car show is on Sunday.

The 15th annual festival is free, but tickets are required to sample the 100 plus wines from the 16 Central and Southern Illinois wineries. Advance ticket sales can be purchased online at for $13, or in person at the Rocking Horse or Harmon's Drug Store in Palestine. Tickets will be $18 the day of the festival.

Wineries expected to attend are Alto Vineyards, Bella Vista Wine Bar, Berryville Vineyards, Blue Sky Vineyard , Castle Finn Winery, Fox Creek Winery & Vineyard, Homestead Vineyards, Kite Hill Vineyards, Lasata Winery & Vineyards, Lincoln Heritage Winery, Niemerg Family Winery, Pheasant Hollow Winery, Spirit Knob Winery, Vahling Winery & Vineyards, and new to the festival is Irene's Vineyard and Wild Blossom Meadery and Brewery.  

More than 40 art and craft vendors are expected to attend. Returning are Diann Graham - Impressions in Stone, pottery and name necklaces; Summer Lents - jewelry with live demonstrations; Carly Gordon - Pretty Me Pretty She, boutique dresses and bows; Debra Linder - Lazy B Honey Bee Ranch; Stella Kiefer - Stella's This & That Design, horseshoe art, decorative bottles and blocks, pens, rings and necklaces; Jeremy Williams Woodturning; Linda Sikorski - Fine artwork; Monte and Diane Bremer - Earth-n-wood, pottery and wood items with pottery demonstrations; Bill Adams - Bright Star Glass; Jim and Margaret Kermicle - Apartap Lures, wooden items and fishing lures; Curt Buethe - pottery demonstrations and sales; John Hawkins - Hawkins Glasscrafts; Rendi Herrera - scented candles; Ron Hawkins -Ron's Swing Shop; Rebecca Atteberry - Lakeside Candles and Crafts; Sarah Callecod - CT Custom Fixtures - unique custom light fixtures; Eric Watts - Gentleman's Club - cigars; Chris Payne - metalwork, spoon rings. Stephanie Lawson - metalwork yard décor, etc.; Rotary Club - wooden furniture, baskets, home décor furniture; Kathy Arnold - Think Pink - quilt raffle and other items; author Rick Kelsheimer; Allen Wente-AWente Wood Works- table tops, wood furniture, wine racks and accessories; Mary Jo Billingsly - Pewter Axe, pewter items and jewelry; and Jamie Clark - Etched Glass by Jamie.

Returning after a year's absence is Bill McCleave - Bildenwinerax  -  wooden wine racks, metalwork, wood crafts.

New to the festival are Jessie Tyler - metal creatures; Michael Dix - Barefoot Blacksmith; Ann Nguyen - handmade clothing and handbags; Brenda Park - All Things Nice  - bath bombs, shower fizzies, Soaps, jewelry, décor items; Kim Harford - Kim's Kreations, Krafts and Repurposing, painting, wood, metalwork and other items; Anne Baud - Hollywood - vintage Christmas decorations; David Reinbold - wooden wine bottle stoppers; Christy Routien - wooden and metalwork signs, designs and décor; Mary Hartigan - Ava Maria Collection of Handmade Jewelry; Michelle Kennard - painting, crafts, recycled products, sculptures, door hangers, doors; Paige Irvin - DIY candles; First Christian Church - promoting goodwill and fellowship; Madison Henderson/Shelly Parrott - Earthy Blossoms Apothecary - beard oils, face scrubs, bath bombs, diaper rash cream, pain relief products, etc.; Ben and Sandy Johnson - Grammy's Personalized Books;

Food has also become a big part of the Wine and Arts festival. This year several returning favorites and several new vendors will be set up along Main St. Those expected to attend are Dean Borcky - Our Sweet Shop, breads, cookies, snacks and candy; the Palestine Mason's - ribeye sandwiches and French fries; First Presbyterian Church - lasagna; Winnie Liaw - Oriental  food; Smoky Spikes BBQ; Poor Little Mikey's Choo Choo BBQ; and the Fife Opera House will have fancy desserts.

New to the festival are Matt Martin - Roll N Smoke - Korean tacos, beer wings, jalapeno poppers and parmesan truffle fries; the Palestine Lions Club - hamburgers, hot dogs, and meatballs on a stick; Zack's Snack Shack -  gyro, tornado potato, pistollett, bloomin onion, quesadilla and bratwurst; Pohlman's Concessions - philly steak, corn dog, tenderloin, potato fries and shake ups, and Empty Pockets Catering - meat and cheese platters.

There will be live entertainment both days provided by Moneka Fullop, Mullet Over, Ed Rodimel, One Man Monster Band, and MacDaddy's Trio. Don't miss the dedication of Abe Lincoln statue on Saturday at 1 p.m. at 220 S. Main St. in front of the new community building.

The Crawford County Collectible Club will be hosting a car show on Sunday, and Crawford County Arts is sponsoring the Crawford County Art Show inside the Fife Opera House on Saturday and Sunday.

Hours for the festival are Saturday, Oct. 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and on Sunday, Oct. 8 from noon to 5 p.m. Advance tickets are $13. They are available online at or in person at the Rocking Horse or Harmon's Drug Store in Palestine. Tickets are $18 the day of the festival.

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