This is the ninth year that the Beer and Wine Fest is happening and this year’s host is NEXT Young Professionals. The event will start at 8 p.m. at 18th Street Plaza in Scottsbluff.
Laurie Buhlke, who is a board president, has said that they included food trucks for the last year’s fest, and that three food vendors will be there this year: Pineapple Express, Rosita’s, and Cornhusker Roast.
Apart from samples of 50 different kinds of beer and wine, visitors will be able to listen to the Greendales while there.
According to Buhlke, alcohol will be brought from across the state and region. She added that they plan on offering craft beers instead of the usual ones people can drink at events.
Zipline from Lincoln, Nebraska and Blacktooth from Sheridan, Wyoming are just some of the beer distributors who will offer their beverages to visitors.
Upon entering, visitors will get a 5oz. cup for tasting beers and wines. They must be 21 years old or older in order to enter this fest. Also, there will be a photo identification at the gate, no matter how old you are. Gates won’t be opened until 4 p.m.
There will be 80–90 volunteers who will pass out the samples of beers and wines. People who decide to volunteer can work in two shifts, from 4 to 6 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.
Buhlke made known that people who are interested can contact them for more info and that currently, they need volunteers for the second shift. The ones who decide to volunteer will get t-shirts and will have the possibility to stay at the event after they finish their shifts.
The money collected from the event will be redirected to the community. However, it hasn’t been decided yet where the money would go.
She explained that by this time, they usually knew where the money would go, but this year is different. Namely, they aren’t sponsored and have to buy all the alcohol themselves. At the end of the event, they will decide where the money will go. That decision will be made on a board meeting before the public announcement at the beginning of Septembre or the end of August.
In the last two years, this event earned $16,000 that NEXT gave back to the community.
Also, NEXT Young Professionals raised $10,000 and made a contribution to the Riverside Discovery Center for a bear exhibit, the audible crosswalk at the intersection in Scottsbluff, and new bicycle racks. What’s more, they have made a donation to projects for downtown revitalization.
Angle Kembel, who is a member of the Business Improvement District Board (BID), has asserted that it’s thrilling to have events happening in the 18th Street Plaza. She added that the 18th Street Plaza is always a great place to organize events and that they’re backing the Beer and Wine Fest, one of the events that take place in the Plaza, and they want to carry on with that.
In addition, she has stated that the board intends to carry on with the development of the Plaza into a unique meeting spot for the community.
Tickets for this event cost $30, and people can buy them at the Scotts Bluff Chamber, as well as at the gate. In case you choose to buy the tickets at the latter option, you won’t have additional costs.