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Festival celebrates music, beer and wine

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By Shannon Watkins

The second annual Galax Rhythm, Brews & Vine Fest is coming Aug. 2 to Grayson Street, featuring 12 breweries and five wineries, along with four bands and two food vendors.

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The downtown festival will run from 2-8 p.m.

The festival is being put on and sponsored by the Galax Downtown Association, Creek Bottom Brews and Macado’s.

Craft brews from Devils Backbone, Legend, Starr Hill, Bold Rock Ciders, Natty Greene’s, Parkway, Foothills, Blue Mountain, Sunken City, Apocalypse Ale Works, Wolfhills and Creek Bottom will be available, as well as the wines of Mt. Vale Vineyards, West Wind, Stanburn, Chateau Morrisette and Attimo wineries. Representatives of all the above will be there, with the exception of West Wind.

Performers will include Electric Road Band, Casino Cruze, Lacy Green and last year’s Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention winner, High Voltage.

Food will be for sale from Blue Moon Catering and Mountain Grillas BBQ, both of Galax.

“We’re hoping that it’ll be a lot bigger this year,” said Dr. Kerri Bennett of Main Street’s Tuck Chiropractic, who is president of the Galax Downtown Association.

Bennett said this year’s event features more breweries and has added wineries, and it can spread out a bit on Grayson Street. Last year, it was confined to Creek Bottom Brews’ parking lot on Meadow Street.

The downtown association chose the first weekend in August so that early arrivals to the fiddlers convention — which opens Aug. 4 — would be drawn into downtown Galax and see the shopping opportunities available, says Bennett.

This year, she says, there will also be kids’ activities, and goodie bags with coloring books and other items handed out to little ones at the gate. “It’s for the whole family,” she noted.

Tickets can be purchased online at galaxbrewfest.com, or at Creek Bottom Brews at 307 Meadows St. in Galax. General admission prices are $25 before the fest or $30 at the gate. Prices include a 20-ounce commemorative glass and 20 four-ounce tastings.

VIP admission is also available for purchase before the event only. The price is $45 and includes early admission at 1 p.m., admission to the VIP tent, a T-shirt, appetizers and a commemorative glass with 30 four-ounce tastings.

Designated driver (music only) passes are available for $10 in advance or at the gate. There will be free water available for designated drivers.

Pint tickets are available to general admission ticketholders at $4 each.

“Our goal is to have 400 plus people there,” said Bennett.” If we have more, that’s awesome.”