Was there a sign that the year-long pandemic is nearly over?
In Oswego, the 15th Wine on the Fox festival returned this past weekend reaching about 2,000 tasters over the two days.
Along the banks of the Fox River in tree-shaded Hudson Park, the village of Oswego hosted the wine-tasting experience. Five-ounce samples were ready from six Illinois wineries, including ones out of Plainfield, Utica, and Genoa. Food trucks and trailers lined Adams Street.
From Yorkville, North Aurora, Tinley Park, New Lennox, they sipped and tasted over six different winery brands from Illinois. There was this group, wine bottles empty on their table Sunday afternoon.
As for the boys, like Jim Jackson of Oswego and Beau Shepherd of Peoria, they proved real men do drink wine.
With only 25 days set aside to purchase tickets, about 2,000 people attended at $30 a ticket.
Wine, weather, and setting aside, the village’s community engagement coordinator Julie Hoffman said why the event is special.
Proceeds from the wine event go back to the community. Volunteer organizations donate a three-hour work shift in exchange for money for community projects.Then there is the July 4th fireworks, subsidized in part by the event.
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