Solstice Festival draws crowd despite power outage
A regional power outage started shortly after the gates opened for Richwood Winery's Summer Solstice Festival on Saturday, June 18, but a donated generator saved the day.
DETROIT LAKES — Though the atmosphere was a little dark inside Richwood Winery's tasting room on Saturday afternoon, the sun shone brightly on its Summer Solstice Festival, drawing a nice crowd despite a power outage that blanketed much of the region starting at about 2:30 p.m.
"The outage was very widespread, to Hawley, Frazee, Rochert, Ogema, Richwood and up to Mahnomen," said winery coordinator Deb Krogsgaard. "The power was out until 3:30 a.m."
Thanks to a donated generator, however, the music played on, first with local musician Dan Holt, and later with JustUs.
"We were very grateful for the generator which allowed us to continue with our festival," Krogsgaard said.
Though attendance was down somewhat from last year's festival, at around 125-150 compared to 2021's total of 250, she said they were happy with how the festival turned out overall.
"With great customers, great music, great staff, and great weather — despite the wind! — how could we not be happy?" said Krogsgaard.
The winery will be featuring live music every Saturday through Sept. 10, which is the date scheduled for its annual Grape Stomp Festival.
The schedule for the remainder of the summer is as follows:
- June 25: Red Blue Rose, 4-6 p.m.
- July 2: Chris Bertrand, 4-6 p.m.
- July 9: Bruce Williams, 4-6 p.m.
- July 16: “GC" Gordy Christensen, 4-6 p.m.
- July 23: JustUs, 4-6 p.m.
- July 30: Mike Gilson, 4-6 p.m.
- Aug. 6: Old School, 4-6 p.m.
- Aug. 13: Mathew Dauner, 4-6 p.m.
- Aug. 20: Michael “Gordy” Bridgeford, 4-6 p.m.
- Aug. 27: “GC" Gordy Christensen, 4-6 p.m.
- Sept. 3: Mike Morse, 4-6 p.m.
- Sept. 10: GRAPE STOMP FESTIVAL, with Zach Thomas, 1-3:30 p.m., and Todd Sisson, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Stomping of the Grapes takes place at 3:30.
- Oct. 29: Last Day of the Season, with Todd Sisson performing.