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Wine and Arts Festival expects to grow again June 8

The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at the Grove City Town Center

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

For those who like a little art with their wine, there is an upcoming event to satiate both palates.

The Grove City Town Center Inc.'s annual Wine and Arts Festival returns from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 8. The festival itself will take place in the parking lot behind the shops at the intersection of Broadway and Park Street. Park Street between Broadway and the railroad line will be closed down to traffic during the festivities.

This year, 10 wineries, 12 craft vendors and 30 artists -- featuring a mix of local and state participants -- will be on hand to showcase their wares and work.

There will also be live music featuring six local acts from noon to 9 p.m.

"All of that is local talent," said Grove City Town Center Inc. Executive Director Andy Furr.

Tickets will be sold for the wine tasting. Eight tickets cost $15, with each tasting costing one or two tickets. Patrons also will be able to purchase a wine glass for three tickets.

Among the wineries are Plum Run Winery, Buckeye Winery, Matus Winery, It's Your Winery, Wine Lovers Gallery and more.

Featured artwork includes photography, oil paintings, sculptures, jewelry, glass art and even the work of some authors.

"Art and wine tend to go together," Furr said. "The Grove City Town Center has always wanted to help expose artists. ... We started locally and found we had a huge base of talented artists."

Furr said the festival also will give attendees the chance to visit the local eateries in the Town Center.

The event has grown in the number of vendors and artists from last year, and organizers are anticipating an increased turnout to reflect to match that growth.

"Last year, we had an estimated attendance of a little over 4,000 people," Furr said. "This year, we expect a little over 6,000."

Furr said the Town Center is looking for more volunteers who can make two-and-a-half hour commitments to help set up tables and chairs, work the ticket tent, checks IDs, keep the area clean and help set up and tear down.

"It takes a minimum of 54 people to coordinate the event," Furr said. "We're always looking for volunteers. It's a fun time."

Volunteers can call 614-539-8762 or email andy@grovecitytowncenter.org to sign up.

There is no admission fee to the festival, but attendees must be at least 21 years old to purchase tickets.

"Everyone is invited to come down," Furr said.

For more information on the event, visit grovecitytowncenter.org/wine-and-arts-festival.

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