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Celebrating summer's longest day: Richwood Winery's Solstice Festival is June 22

The commemorative glasses that come with admission to Richwood Winery's Summer Solstice Festival are a great way to enjoy a glass of one of its finest vintages. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)1 / 4
Lawn games are a family favorite at Richwood Winery's Summer Solstice Festival, inclueding the bean bag toss, hula hoops and more. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)2 / 4
Richwood Winery will be hosting its 7th Annual Summer Solstice Festival this Saturday, June 22 from 2 to 8 p.m. Last year's festival brought a nice crowd. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)3 / 4
Area musician Eric Reitan was one of the two featured musical acts at last year's Summer Solstice Festival at Richwood Winery. This year's performers will be G.C. & the Kruse and Rick Adams (of The Roosters fame). (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)4 / 4

The Summer Solstice — also known as summer's "longest day of light," or midsummer — is almost here, and with it comes Richwood Winery's Seventh Annual Solstice Festival.

The folks at the winery will be opening their gates to the public Saturday, June 22, from 2 to 8 p.m. The grounds will be filled with live music, games, shopping, food, and a variety of beverages — including the winery's own vintages.

"We'll have wine available by the glass, or by the bottle," said winery coordinator Deb Krogsgaard. "We'll also have beer, and our own 'Rich-gria' (the winery's secret sangria recipe)."

Admission is just $5 (or free for those under age 21), and includes a commemorative wine glass. "We won't be selling tickets in advance, only on the day of the festival, at the gate," says Krogsgaard.

Tickets for using your commemorative glass to sample the fruits of Richwood's vines — or if you prefer, a cold beer or fresh sangria — are sold separately, she added, at just $6 each. There will also be soda, root beer and water available inside the tasting room, along with a selection of Eichten's cheeses, crackers and summer sausage.

Detroit Lakes' own Tanner Duncan and his Woodfire Pizza food truck will be providing the food for this year's festival. Krogsgaard said Duncan's pizza would add more kid-friendly fare for the whole family to enjoy.

"This is a family friendly event," she said. "We'll also have some hula hoops, a bean bag toss and other games for the kids."

Once again, two different bands will be providing the day's live entertainment, starting with G.C. & the Kruse from 2 to 4:30 p.m., and followed by Rick Adams (of regional favorites The Roosters) from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

"Gordy (G.C.) Christensen grew up in Ullen, while Rick is from the Dilworth area," Krogsgaard said. "We like to keep our celebrations local when we can."

So while the kids play, the adults can sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of their favorite beverage while they listen, or get up and dance around the vineyard — or even take one of those hula hoops out for a spin.

And then there's the shopping.

"We will have several local craft vendors set up outside, and our gift shop inside," Krogsgaard said, adding that guests will be able to choose from a selection of jams, jellies, salsas and pickles offered by Mary Turner, along with homemade fudge and fudge-filled banana bread from Northwoods Food Factory, jewelry and accessories from Rockhill Designs, clothing from LulaRoe, and even the latest containers and gadgets from Tupperware.

Inside the gift shop, there will also be a selection of handmade jewelry, hand painted wine glasses, Richwood Winery tank tops and T-shirts, and more unique items, as well as bottles of your favorite Richwood vintage to take home.

Richwood Winery is at 27799 County Highway 34, just about half a mile east of the tiny town of Richwood. For more information, visit www.richwoodwinery.com, or check out the winery's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RichwoodWinery.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 18-plus years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Detroit Lakes School Board. 

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