The Grove City Wine and Arts Festival is expanding this year to a two-day event.

The seventh annual festival will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 16, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 17, in the Grove City Town Center.

"It's become a very, very popular event. Our attendance has nearly doubled almost every year," said Andy Furr, executive director of Grove City Town Center Inc.

Last year, more than 17,000 people attended the event, held only on Saturday.

"People have been asking us to hold the event on Friday night," he said. "Both the attendees and our vendors have been asking for that."

This year's event will feature 19 Ohio wineries, including Grove City's Plum Run Winery.

"All told, we'll have nearly 130 vendors, including the wineries, artists, craft vendors and food trucks, he said. Seven of the featured wineries will be new to the festival, Furr said.

"We're really excited to be able to present some new wineries for people to try," he said.

"There is a surprising variety of wines that are produced in our state. It all depends on how the winemaker ferments the juice, the sugars they use. You can have two winemakers use the exact some juice and create totally different tasting wines," he said.

Admission to the festival is free. Visitors can purchase tickets to sample wines in bundles of eight, along with an event glass for $20 at the festival. Most samples cost one ticket, Furr said. Higher-end wines may require two tickets.

After the initial purchase, additional tickets cost three for $5.

In addition to the wine, the festival will offer plenty of food options, Furr said.

"Along with our wonderful Town Center restaurants, the food trucks will be offering everything from comfort food to high-end dishes to barbecue," he said.

The artists participating in the festival were selected through a juried process and will be selling jewelry, paintings, wooden items and fabrics, Furr said.

An entertainment lineup will be offered on Saturday at the George Edge Pavilion at the corner of Park Street and Broadway.

Parking will be available throughout the town center and surrounding neighborhoods. A shuttle will run from local hotels and shuttle service also will be available from the parking lot at the Broadway Center on the corner of Southwest Boulevard and Broadway.

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