The second-annual Fayette County Toast to Summer will be here in just a couple of short weeks.
On Saturday, June 25 the Fayette County Airport, 2270 State Route 38, Washington Court House, will be bustling with activity – art vendors, hot air balloons, Ohio wineries, live music, a beer garden and local food will all be there from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Put on by the Fayette County Pilots & Friends Association and the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, with support from the Fayette County Travel & Tourism Bureau, the group is hoping for sunny skies this year in contrast to last year’s drizzle and cool temperatures. Parking for the event is $5 per vehicle. Once there, there is no cost to enter, but if you wish to purchase wine tastings they are $3 each. A $20 tasting package is also available and includes a souvenir tasting glass and eight tasting tickets.
Local food vendors include Country Cakes & Bakes, Horney’s Texas Style Barbeque, Streetside 62, The Rusty Keg, and Roosters, all of which will open at 11 a.m. along with the 11 Ohio wineries, 42 art vendors and beer garden. Live, local music will fill the air with the following artists: Katy Large 12 p.m.-1 p.m., Michael Boyle 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Pete Blevins 3 p.m.-4 p.m., Levi and Tisa Fraley 4:30-5:30 p.m. and Taking Back Summer 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Sometime after 8:30 p.m., eight hot air balloons will light up the night sky at the airport.
Both organizations say the event wouldn’t be possible without the help of sponsors. The Toast to Summer main sponsors are Gusweiler GMC & Toyota and Vermeer Heartland. Hot air balloon sponsors include Buckeye Propane, Fayette Co. Travel & Tourism, The Rusty Keg, Vermeer Heartland, Carr Construction, Mid Atlantic Storage, WVNU, Fairfield Inn & Suites, and Jim Van Dyke’s Tire & Automotive Center. Also helping are Fifth Third Bank, First State Bank, Huntington Bank, Merchant’s National Bank, The City of Washington, Parrett Insurance, YUSA Corporation and LCNB.
Also at the event will be the drawing for winners in the Fayette County Memorial Hospital Foundation Shoot to Summer raffle at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are on sale at Pettit’s, or you can call the Foundation office at 740-333- 2710. They can also be purchased at the Toast to Summer. Winners will receive one of five different guns or a cash equivalent for Woodbury Outfitters.
For more information about the Toast to Summer, contact the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce at 740-335-0761 or the Fayette County Airport at 740-335-2430.
This article was submitted by the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce.