Area residents and out of town guests will have lots of activities to enjoy in Daviess County today and Saturday. The sixth Annual Daviess County Wine, Art and Cheese Festival will be held Friday evening beginning at 5 p.m. and the Amish Quilt Auction, now in its 26th year, will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday.
“The wine and art festival was created six years ago as a sister festival to the Amish Quilt Auction that is taking place at the Simon J. Graber Building on the Odon-Cannelburg Road on Saturday,” said Samantha Bobbitt, Daviess County Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau Director. “The idea was to have something the night before the auction for tourists who were coming into our community to buy quilts and crafts at the popular event. Both are scheduled each year on the Labor Day weekend.”
This year’s Wine, Art and Cheese Festival, which is sponsored by German American Bank, will feature five Indiana wineries that will be set up at Second and Main streets. Connoisseurs can purchase eight sample wine tastings for $10 and will also be given a Daviess County wine glass.
Additional wine glasses can be purchased for $2 each. “Bring your money and purchase full bottles or cases from the wineries at their booths,” said Bobbitt.
Windy Knoll from Vincennes, Cedar Creek from Martinsville with an additional location in Nashville, Monkey Hollow from St. Meinrad, Pepper’s Ridge from Rockport and Madison County from Pendleton will all be sampling their wines.
Windy Knoll, Cedar Creek and Monkey Hollow have participated in the festival in years past. Pepper’s Ridge is a new winery preparing to celebrate its first year of business and Madison County will be preparing wine-a-ritas, a frozen wine drink.
Bobbitt said that two food vendors will also be on hand for the event that will last until 9 p.m. Turkey strips, hot dogs, tenderloins, and other festival foods will be available for purchase. Water will also be available.
Free cheese samples will also be provided by Hometown IGA and Graham Farms Cheese in Elnora.
Artists will also be on hand selling their wares ranging from hand-made wool products and jewelry to quilt squares and everything in between.
“The Bullet, WWBL, will be having a live remote from the event and will be interviewing many of the vendors about their products,” said Bobbitt.
Bobbitt said the event, which has drawn over 300 people in the past, will also be featuring an upwards of 20 antique cars that will be on display near the Sherwin-Williams building. Those in attendance will be able to vote for their favorite three cars. The top three picks will receive gas cards ranging from $100 for the top pick to $50 for the third place pick.
“Memories, WAMW, has donated two tickets for Beef and Boards (dinner theater) in Indianapolis that will be given away as an attendance prize,” Bobbitt said. “American Pie, a favorite of locals, will be playing a variety of music from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.”
This years Amish Quilt Auction that typically features several hand-stitched Amish quilts up for auction as well as other items such as hooked rugs, Amish dolls and more available for purchase from various vendors, will be different from the previous 25 auctions.
Lucille Dillion, long-time organizer of the event and event founder, passed away in June. Dillion, who was also known for her guided tours of Amish country, was 76.
Bobbitt said Dillion had told her just days before she passed away that the quilt auction had really outgrown the Simon J. Graber Building and the event, that attracts over 2,000 people annually to Daviess County, had grown larger than she ever expected.