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Wine, cherry festival set for this weekend

Wondering where to take Dad for a little Father’s Day fun this weekend?

How about a wine tasting experience in the Rattlesnake Hills?

June 17-18 is the annual Wine & Cherry Festival on the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail. Visitors to wineries located from Wapato to Outlook will have the opportunity to discover some delectable wines and how they go with cherry sundaes, cherry/raspberry Angel’s Kisses and just plain, sweet old fresh-picked cherries from the orchards surrounding the vineyards.

All of the wineries on the Rattlesnake Hills Trail will be overflowing with cherries, as the sweet, luscious crop is just now ready to be harvested.

Most of the wineries participating in this year’s Wine & Cherry Festival will be open by 10 a.m., with closing set at 5 p.m.

The only cost—the desire to have a great time.

Scottish Fest

on tap Saturday

PROSSER – Bagpipes and cheering fans will sound as the clans gather at the sixth annual Prosser Scottish Fest, set for this Saturday, June 17.

Filled with traditional Scottish and Celtic heritage, the fest will feature traditional heavy-athletic games, local and regional pipe and drum bands, and musical entertainment. Visitors to Prosser’s Port of Benton Wine & Food Park will also find sheep shearing and Highland cattle demonstrations, as well as Highland dance competitions, genealogy tents, Scottish food booths, children’s activities and flying anvils.

The gates will open at 9 a.m. Saturday. The noon opening ceremonies will include the Parade of Tartans, accompanied by the Desert Thistle Pipe Band of the Tri-Cities and the River City Pipe Band of Portland, Ore.

Competitions, entertainment and fun activities will continue until dark.

Admission, good for all day, is set at $6 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and children. Those under the age of 5 will be admitted for free. Also, parking will be free at the park site, located just off exit 82 of I-82.

Additional information available at:

www.prosserchamber.org/scottishfest

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Horseless Carriage Club to visit Paterson winery

PATERSON – Columbia Crest Winery will host the Horseless Carriage Club of America’s 2006 Oregon Trails National Tour on Wednesday, June 28.

Approximately 150 vehicles are expected with more than 300 drivers and passengers dressed in period clothing. Club members will be stopping at the Paterson area winery to enjoy a picnic lunch on the shaded, lush and beautiful grounds of Columbia Crest Winery. The club members are expected to be at the winery from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Guests are invited to greet and mingle with the participants of the Horseless Carriage Turnout, as well as bring a picnic lunch to enjoy and cameras for interesting and fun photographs of the historical vehicles.

The Horseless Carriage Club of America is dedicated to the preservation of automobiles constructed before 1916.

Tours of Columbia Crest Winery will also be offered that day, along with wine tasting in the wine shop. The winery is regularly open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sunshine & Wine slated for June 24

YAKIMA – More than 60 percent of the wines entered in this year’s Washington State Wine Competition will be awarded some kind of medal at the Sunshine & Wine event at Yakima’s State Fair Park, slated for Saturday, June 24.

Sunshine & Wine will start at 2 p.m. at Oak Park, next to the Modern Living Building at State Fair Park. Wine and food tasting will take place from 2 to 5 p.m., when the 46 Washington wineries that were entered in the state competition will be pouring their award winning wines. Also, 11 restaurants or caterers will be serving their best appetitizers.

A live auction will follow, and the items up for bid include a trip to the Bahamas, a prized Merlot Vertical from Leonetti Cellars, two vintages of Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon that recently were awarded Washington state’s first 100-point wine rating by Robert Parker’s

Wine Advocate

, as well as several winemaker dinners.

Tickets for the Saturday, June 24, wine tasting event are available at the Central Washington State Fair office.

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