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Muscadine Jubilee at Woodmill Winery a family friendly festival


Even though the weather was cold and overcast, it didn’t curtail thousands of infants, children, parents, and grandparents throughout Alexander, Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, and Rutherford Counties to attend this western Lincoln County festival. Larry Cagle, owner of the Woodmill Winery, his sister, Angela Abedi and their employees should be commended for their originality, and not duplicating existing festivals held in our county.

They did an outstanding job of organizing, promoting, publicizing, sponsoring this family-friendly event with no admission or parking fees and without any city, county, and state funds. These entrepreneurs provided our local arts/crafts, pottery, woodturning and food concession vendors an occasion to showcase and sell their items. Non-profits and service organizations were provided possibilities to educate and raise funds. Carriage rides, watching/participating in square dancing, live entertainment, kid’s inflatable “fun zones” were enjoyed by many of the festivalgoers. Adults partook in complimentary wine tasting and purchasing their assortment of Woodmill Winery wines and grape ciders. Reverend Rick Sloop, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crouse, provided an inspirational message and blessing of the vineyards.

If you have never been to Woodmill Winery, then you should make plans to visit. For directions, check out their website at www.woodmillwinery.com. They have exceptional meeting room accommodations for class or family reunions, weddings and other special occasions. If you are an “I Love Lucy” fan and your favorite episode involves her stomping grapes, then you are encouraged to make plans to attend The Woodmill Winery 8th Annual Grape Stomp Festival on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25. In addition to visiting and purchasing items from a variety of vendors, children and adults will have an occasion to participate in grape stomping up close and personal.

Robert A. Tomlinson

Publicity Chairman

Lincolnton Lions Club

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