Vineyards and other vendors descended on Mound City, Missouri, on Saturday for the tenth annual Great Northwest Winefest.
For $25 a person, members of the public could taste as much wine as they wanted. Other items to purchase included various foods and clothes.
The Winefest is actually a fundraiser for an organization that helps those in Northwest Missouri start their own businesses. Coordinator Marilyn Alldrege said it’s a win-win.
“Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation serves six counties,” Alldrege said. “And what we do is we have a facilitator go out and meet with anyone who wants to start a new business.”
The service operates in Atchinson, Holt, Nodaway, Andrew, Gentry and Worth counties. The best part? It’s all free, thanks in large part to the Winefest.
“It doesn’t matter if we meet with you once or twenty times — it’s always free of charge,” Alldrege said.
This iteration of Winefest will be the last for Alldredge after she came up with the idea a decade ago. While the weather looked gloomy, she said the turnout was solid.
“Because of the vineyards over here, just to the west of us, that was an opportunity for something totally different,” Alldredge said. “My husband and I had gone to different winefests to see what works and what it would take.”
Alldredge said more than 10 vineyards participated as vendors, including a St. Joseph vendor, 503 Winery.
“This being the tenth year we’ve built on it,” Alldredge said. “It has just been a very happy event for us.”