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budbreak crowdSaturday, April 30, 2016

“One of the most important things that makes Budbreak so special,
100% of the net proceeds go to charities and the community.”

It’s time for The Mount Airy Rotary Club, renowned for its charity work, and Downtown Mount Airy to join hands to present the 7th Annual Budbreak Wine and Craft Beer Festival in Downtown Mount Airy on Saturday, April 30th.

One of the most important things that makes Budbreak so special, “100% of the net proceeds go to charities and the community,” states organizer Bob Meinecke. In 2015, $28,000 went back into the community with donations to 14 local groups.

Come for the day or the weekend! There is a Festival Package available with Hampton Inn, Mount Airy. Call the Inn at 336-789-5999 and one of the Guest Service Representatives would be happy to assit you.

Your Budbreak weekend in Mount Airy offers lots to do: The Andy Griffith Museum is open daily, 9:00a to 5:00p, Mon. through Fri., 1:00p to 5:00p on Sat., admission/$6.

The Mount Airy Regional History Museum; 10:00a to 5:00p, Tues. through Sat., admission/$6. Enjoy a free jam at the Historic Earle Theatre on April 28 at 7:00p and same day, The Embers at the Blackmon Amphitheatre, 7:30p/ $11.

On Saturday, noon to 6:00p, Mount Airy’s main thoroughfare will be closed to embrace top area North Carolina wineries and craft beer producers, live music and all of Mount Airy’s charming shops for your enjoyment. Time Sawyer will open the tented music stage for Phatt City—an area favorite band of 10, with Rhythm and Blues and beach tunes…bring your dancing shoes!

budbreak girlsA sampling of the 15 wineries who will participate: Chatham Hill, Round Peak, Fiddlers, Native Vine, Ginger Creek and Waldensian Wines as well as craft beer brewers Lake Norman Brewing Co., Skull Camp and Morgan Ridge. When you get hungry, 13 Bones is in the Festival area but a relaxing stroll down Main Street will give you the opportunity to sample small-town eateries with homestyle fare and friendliness such as Walker’s Soda Shop, Nana’s Kitchen and The Loaded Goat located inside Main Oak Emporium and more.

The Banjo Crawl is a public art initiative presented by Mount Airy Downtown, Inc. Featured are larger-than-life, three dimensional, fiberglass banjo sculptures painted, decorated and embellished by local artists. Drop by the Kick-off on April 29th 5:00p to 6:00p at Uncorked, while you revel in bluegrass music and regional wine. All banjos will be revealed at 6:00p at The Earle Theatre. The banjos will be on display during the Budbreak Wine and Craft Beer Festival and until their auction on November 4th. You can win a “banjo” for a $1 raffle ticket. Proceeds support downtown economic development as well as local artists.

Experiencing continuous success, Meinecke expects over 3,000 attendees this year. It’s all made possible through the generosity of the sponsors like: Renfro, Workforce Unlimited, Duke Energy, SouthData, Interlam Design, Surrey Bank & Trust and Hampton Inn.

Buy your tickets online until 3:00p, April 29:  Admission with tasting privileges $20/gate; $15/advance; $5/general admission with no tasting. Buy at the gate, online and at Lowes Foods statewide or is also a great resource for late breaking news on the festival, including wineries, brewers, events and sponsors.

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