14th Annual Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival Raises More than $10,000 for Local Organizations, Supports Local Businesses

Gettysburg, Pa. – The 14th Annual Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival, hosted by the Gettysburg Adams Chamber of Commerce Sept. 8, promoted Pennsylvania wine, supported local businesses and boosted the area economy all while raising more than $10,000 for local organizations.

Attendees sampled and purchased thousands of bottles of wine from 27 Pennsylvania wineries, enjoyed offerings from more than 50 food and craft vendors and danced to the region’s best live music.

“The Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival started 14 years ago to support the local community,” said Jennifer McCleaf, event organizer. “The festival is a community effort and it only makes sense to say ‘thank you’ and give back to the non-profit organizations that make Adams County a great place to live work and play.”

In addition to supporting activities of the non-profit Gettysburg Adams Chamber of Commerce, other organizations benefiting from the festival include:

  • Optimist Club of Gettysburg, more than $1,000 from visitors who used parking lots;
  • Adams Regional Emergency Medical Services, $750 for ambulance support;
  • Freedom Transit, $500 for transportation services;
  • Gettysburg Rocks, an organization that supports Penn State’s Four Diamonds Fund, $1,000 for support with music acts;
  • Biglerville High School Wrestling, $750 for their work during festival clean-up;
  • SCPA Land Sharks youth baseball league, $500 for their work during festival clean-up;
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America, $197 donated by visitors;
  • Adams County Relay for Life, $250 for their work in the wine check area; and
  • Straban Township, with more than $5,200 in permitting and fees.

“Many of our festival attendees are visiting from other parts of Pennsylvania and other states. They help drive our local economy by booking hotel rooms, eating at local restaurants and shopping at local stores,” added McCleaf.

“The festival could not happen without the support of the many chamber member businesses that support the festival as vendors, volunteers or through financial and in-kind donations,” added McCleaf.

The festival was organized by a 13-member volunteer committee, with support from chamber staff. Additionally, over 100 local volunteers helped set up and operate the event.

Chamber member vendors included Buddy Boy Winery & Vineyard, Brother Floyd’s Righteous Pickles, S.T. Heller – Author, T.M. Becker – Author, The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg, Triple Ceez Chicken Wingz and UPMC Pinnacle Hanover.

Primary sponsors were Adams Electric Cooperative Inc., Gateway Gettysburg, High Peak Tent Rentals, Susquehanna Style, The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg and UPMC Pinnacle Hanover. Supporting local businesses included: Adams County Pour Tour, Comcast Business, Freedom Transit, Gettysburg Foundation, Gettysburg Tour Center, Golf Cart Services, iNet Technology Group, Interstate Festival Group, L&H Mechanical & Electrical Services, Quality Eicholtz, Schmuck Lumber Company, Staff Amusements, Tulpehocken Spring Water and Waste Management.

The 2019 Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival is set for Sept. 7-8. For more information, visit www.gettysburgwine.com or call 717-334-8151. Find the festival on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GettysburgWineAndMusicFestival.

 

A few quotes from attendees:
I love that all the wineries are at one location, no travel required
I go to several wine festivals a year and this is always my favorite!
I've been to quite a few wine festivals and this was the best by far
It's excellent. I wish it lasted more than just one weekend.


The Gettysburg Adams Chamber of Commerce encourages all festival attendees to please drink responsibly.