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October 22, 2018

9/21/2018 8:00:00 AM
Fest-of-Ale back in City Park with BBQ cookoff
Patrons sample a craft brewery’s wares during last year’s Fest of Ale event. (Daily News archives)
Patrons sample a craft brewery’s wares during last year’s Fest of Ale event. (Daily News archives)
Cheers, Crawford County. The second annual Fest-of-Ale is Saturday.

The event is scheduled for 2 to 8 p.m. at Robinson City Park. Organizers anticipate as many craft beer breweries as last year, when more than 800 people attended.

"It ought to be a great time. We're looking for a good crowd," Robinson Parks and Recreation Superintendent Mike Shimer said.

There will also be food, music and, beginning this year, a barbecue cook-off that VIP ticket-holders will help judge.

Attendees will be able to sample about 55 craft beers from two dozen breweries as well as the wares of two wineries. Craft beer and wine may be purchased to take home or for consumption during the festival from the Community Revitalization and Beautification Committee, which has been granted a special one-day state license to sell alcohol.

There also will be at least three food trucks present to cater to the appetites of the crowd.

Entertainment will be provided by two returning bands and one new act. Making encore appearances are the W.T. Feaster Band featuring Doug Henthorn and the Cosmic Situation. The first is an Indianapolis blues band, while the second is a three-piece band that performs classic rock ranging from the 1960s to the present.

The newcomers are Zach Day and Full Throttle, a Chesterfield-based blues band.

Ten teams are signed up for the cookoff, previously conducted as part of the Robinson Heath Harvest Festival. Competitors will be allowed to start cooking at midnight, with judging conducted by professional judges planned for 4 or 5 p.m.

Shimer said he believes the cookoff will be a great addition to the Fest-of-Ale, pointing out beer, music and barbecue are a good mix.

Competitors will not be allowed to sell their creations, but VIP ticket-holders will be able to sample the barbecue and cast votes for the VIPs' Choice Award.

That is just one of the perks of being a Fest-of-Ale VIP. About 100 VIP tickets, priced at $100, are still available. About 150 VIP tickets have already been sold. VIP passes also are provided to the event's various sponsors.

VIP ticket-holders will arrive via a separate entrance and have access to a VIP tent, which will offer seating, appetizers throughout the day and jambalaya at 5 p.m.

They will also be given gift bags that include handmade commemorative mugs. Potter Mike Fowler from Gatlinburg, Tenn., will create the 18-ounce steins and will be on hand to demonstrate his craft. A limited number of mugs, as well as salsa bowls and other items will be available for sale.

General admission tickets are available for $30 at various locations including Robinson City Hall. Designated driver tickets are $10. Water and Pepsi products will be available for DDs.

Attendees must be 21 and identification will be checked at the gate.

For more information and tickets visit www.ccfestofale.com.



- Second annual Fest-of-Ale, 2 to 8 p.m. at Robinson City Park. Food, music and a barbecue cook-off. Attendees will be able to sample about 55 craft beers from two dozen breweries as well as the wares of two wineries. Craft beer and wine may be purchased to take home or for consumption during the festival. Attendees must be 21 and identification will be checked at the gate. There also will be at least three food trucks present. General admission tickets are available for $30 at various locations including Robinson City Hall. Designated driver tickets are $10. Water and Pepsi products will be available for DDs. For more information and tickets visit www.ccfestofale.com.





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