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Beer and wine festival enters third year
August 15, 2013 Jerry Purvis   

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Local residents will have the opportunity to sample some of the best offerings from the brewer’s and vintner’s art during the third annual Best of the West Beer and Wine Festival on Saturday, Aug. 17.

The festival will be at the Mini-Park in downtown Scottsbluff at 18th St. and Broadway from 4 – 8 p.m. Food vendors will be available and music provided by the local band Avid Discord. This year, the event will also have a safe ride home program for participants. The official after party will be at 18th St. Bar and Grill, also in downtown Scottsbluff.

The festival is hosted by NEXT Young Professionals, a local organization with more than 400 members. Organized in 2008, the group provides networking and social opportunities, training events and fellowship opportunities for young people moving into or returning to the community.

“We always have around 200 to 300 people attend,” said NEXT Young Professionals president John Marshall. “We’re looking to expand that this year because a portion of the proceeds goes to the downtown revitalization program. We want to give back, but we need community support for this to grow.”

Kelley’s Liquor Cabinet and Dietrich Distributing helped get the event off the ground by allowing the professionals group to work with their vendors to bring in a wide variety of beers and wines, mostly sourced in Nebraska and surrounding areas. Just a few of them include James Arthur Vineyards in Raymond, Neb., Feather River Vineyards in North Platte, Empyrean Brewing in Lincoln and Thunderhead Brewing in Kearney.

Platte Valley Companies, Simmons Olsen Law Offices, Valley Bank and Trust, The Spa by TLC and Carr-Trumbull Lumber also helped make the event possible.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 dollars at the gate. They’re available at all Valley Bank locations, the Spa by TLC and Kelley’s Liquor Cabinet, both in Scottsbluff. You must be at least 21 to attend.

“This is a well-controlled community event that benefits the community,” Marshall said.
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