WILSON – Wilson will be hopping next weekend, with the 17th annual Wilson Motorcycle Rally set for 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Wilson Wine and Art Festival and Farmers Market, planned for 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday along Young Street.
The bike night, which attracted nearly 2,500 motorcycles last year, is sponsored by the new Best of Wilson civic group. Funds raised will be donated to help offset costs for a number of local nonprofit groups, according to organizer Melinda Major.
“It really is a marvelous event,” she said.
Several food vendors will be joined by booths selling everything from biker clothing to jewelry and will also include other offerings, like woodworking, Major said. The Thurman Brothers Band will provide live entertainment.
“This event is free and open to the public,” she noted. “If you want your motorcycle judged for a prize, there’s a $5 entry fee. And, instead of a basket raffle, we’ll have a gift card raffle this year.”
The next day, the Wilson Wine and Art Festival and Farmers Market will host about 40 vendors, offering everything from photography and ceramics to jewelry, and a variety of foods, set against the backdrop of live music by the Mombrea Brothers.
Five local wineries will participate this year, including; Midnight Run Wine Cellars, Victorianbourg Wine Estate, Schulze Vineyards and Winery, Chateau Niagara Winery and a Gust of Sun Winery. In addition, Woodcock Brothers Brewery, Blackbird Cider Works and Niagara Craft Spirits will participate.
Patrons may purchase a wine tasting glass and brewery/spirits glass for one $15 ticket, which includes 10 wine tastings and five beer/spirits tastings. Additional tasting tickets will be available for purchase.
Local farms also will sell their fresh fruits and vegetables.
“It promises to be a beautiful day,” said Colleen Leiker, president of Watch Wilson Grow, which is sponsoring the event. “This event supports local businesses and enhances tourism and the beautification of the community.”