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Rain or Shine, It’s Art, Beer & Wine Festival Time

June 24, 2016 | Return to News & Updates


On a sunny Saturday afternoon, thousands poured into the Ella Sharp Museum for the 12th annual Art, Beer & Wine Festival. The Festival was held on June 4, 2016 at the Ella Sharp Museum and was presented by County National Bank. What started with sunshine ended with rain clouds, not that it mattered to anyone the Festival. Lauren Sawyer, Marketing Manager at CNB said, “This was my first time attending the event; I had no idea there was such an amazing festival so close to home. We persevered through the rain and truly enjoyed everything.”

Bill Jors, Vice President of Business Development & Commercial Loan Officer, started the day off with a toast to all the volunteers and vendors. This year the festival hosted 31 breweries & distilleries, 15 wineries, 130 artists, and 14 food booths that were all Michigan-made. Over 2,500 attendees traveled to the event, making it one of the most successful years in the event’s history. “Our goal,” said Donna Riley, Director of Membership & Development, “is to showcase every winery and brewery in Jackson, and invite others from across Michigan. When we jury artists for booth space, we’re looking for unique, local artists who may not have another outlet to showcase their work.” Several artists created art on-site right at their booth to the entertainment of the attendees. The breweries and wineries poured samples with the support of volunteers, including employees of County National Bank.

This was the second year that County National Bank was the presenting sponsor of the Festival. Each year, the Bank hosts a large hospitality tent at the event for attendees to relax and take in the beautiful surroundings and spirited atmosphere. The event, which serves as the biggest fundraiser for the Ella Sharp Museum, is extremely valuable for the community and local residents. “Not only are we supporting local wineries, breweries and artists in our community, we’re also showcasing the museum. The fact that we have a viable art and history museum in Jackson enhances our whole economic profile. It attracts visitors and new residents alike,” said Donna. If you missed it this year, be sure to mark it on the calendar for next year. Rain or shine, there will be great drinks, food, and art!