Like so many festivals and events that were planned for 2019, Richwood Winery's Summer Solstice Festival was canceled due to state-mandated COVID-19 safety precautions.
But with the lifting of those protocols early this summer, the festival is back on, and will take place as scheduled this Saturday, June 19, from 2 to 8 p.m.
"We are so excited to be able to have Summer Solstice Festival again this year!" said Richwood Winery Coordinator Deborah Krogsgaard, adding that while the event will take place rain or shine, the winery's staff is hoping for good weather to bring in a nice crowd.
"We're planning for around 300 people," she said, adding that the festival is very family-friendly.
"We will have games and hula hoops set up for the kids," she continued, and all those under age 21 will be admitted free of charge.
No tickets will be sold in advance, but adult gate admission is just $5, and includes a free, commemorative festival wine glass that can be used to try a glass or two of Richwood Winery's many tasty vintages, or its popular sangria, made with zinfandel fresh from the winery's own stock. Beer, wine and other adult beverages are all just $7 per glass, and there will be cold soda, root beer and water available. Bottles of wine will be available to purchase as well, either to enjoy on site or take home with you.
Cheese and crackers with fresh cheese from Eichten's in Center City, Minn., as well as cheesecake from Callaway's Creamy Creations, will also be available for purchase inside the winery's tasting room, where guests can check out the gift shop as well before heading back outside.
Speaking of outside, that is where the Slim Piggins BBQ food truck will be set up, offering a tasty menu including barbecued ribs, smoked macaroni and cheese, pulled pork sandwiches and other favorites.
There will also be a variety of arts and crafts booths set up around the grounds, including Tupperware and Pampered Chef, Epicure and Marie's Beads, as well as local vendor Mary Turner and even a Tarot card reader!
"We have seven vendors signed up so far," Krogsgaard said, "but we're always looking for more."
Those interested in signing up to be a vendor at the festival can contact her at 651-283-7930, she added.
Live music will also be playing, with Fargo favorites Gordy "G.C." Christensen and Darrin Wentz both set to perform throughout the afternoon and evening. Christensen will play from 2 to 4:30 p.m., while Wentz will take the stage at 5 p.m. and play until the festival closes.
Both men play a variety of acoustic tunes including rock, pop, blues, country and Americana favorites, Krogsgaard said, adding, "Come relax and listen to the music, or dance the night away in celebration of summer's longest day of light!"
If you go
What: Summer Solstice Festival
When: Saturday, June 19, from 2 to 8 p.m.
Where: Richwood Winery, 27799 County Highway 34, Callaway
Admission: Free for those under age 21, $5 for adults. No tickets will be sold in advance; must be purchased at the festival.