NORTH EAST, Pa. (Erie News Now) – WineFest in North East returns for its 40th year this weekend.
This annual event brings hundreds of visitors to the North East region.
Gibson Park may be quiet on Monday, but in a few short days it will be packed with vendors and wineries for WineFest.
Carl Gregg on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce explained, “We are bringing it back downtown and we hope by doing that, festival-goers will be able to see our downtown businesses and local attractions and explore the town itself.”
Organizers said for the 40th year, they are bringing WineFest back to its roots in Gibson Park.
Not only does WineFest mean a big boom in business for local wineries, but it also means a lot of people coming into stores and restaurants in downtown North East.
Dawn Van Scoter’s business, the Re-found-ry is steps away from Gibson Park, she hopes this weekend will be big for her business.
“We just welcome people into the shop with their wine glasses and hope they will spend money not just on the wineries and the wine itself, but in all of the stores here in North East”, said Van Scoter.
She’s not the only one who relies on WineFest, community leaders say it’s crucial for the town’s survival.
“The reason we do WineFest is that it helps our chamber of commerce survive throughout the year and we hope it continues through here on in on an annual basis absolutely”, said Gregg.
Van Scoter emphasized that local businesses working together is what makes the town of North East special.
“All the business owners do work together to make sure that WineFest and every day here in North East is a great experience for everybody who comes to our little town”, said Van Scoter.
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