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September 17, 2015
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - The Smith River Sports Complex (SRSC) will be hosting the inaugural Wine by the River Wine Festival on September 19, 2015. The event will run from noon till 6 p.m. and feature wine tasting, live music as well as a chance to purchase goods from local food and artisan vendors.

There will be seven different wineries attending and participating in this festival including: Brooks Mill, DeVault, Hamlet, Foggy Ridge, Stanburn, West Wind and Preston Ridge. The festival will take place by the scenic Smith River, which can be accessed by taking the Smith River Sports Complex River Access Road. Along with the variety of wine available, there will also be multiple craft beer samples provided by Lawrence Distributing.

At the festival, there will also be more than 15 local food and artisan vendors for guests to explore while enjoying the afternoon by the river. To add to the atmosphere, there will also be musical performances by Marie Frith Anderson Hall, Dr. Z and the Riff Raff, and Left Hip Pocket.

Part of the proceeds from the festival will go to the Matthew Wayne Wade foundation, a local nonprofit organization that focuses on promoting heart health in individuals. The purpose of the foundation, as stated by representatives of the Matthew Wayne Wade Foundation, is "to provide education and raise social consciousness about the importance of building and maintaining a healthy lifestyle."

There will be an admission fee of $25 for persons 21 and older and just $10 for designated drivers and persons under 21 years old. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.srscwine.com or at the complex during regular business hours from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. Guests may also buy their tickets on the day of the event.

For further questions or to apply to be a vendor, please contact Lloyd Barber, Director of Development at (276) 638-5200, ext. 6 or lbarber@SmithRiverSportsComplex.com. Also be sure to follow the Smith River Sports Complex on Facebook and Twitter @SmithRiverSport for the latest news around SRSC.

Wine by the River is being presented by: Family Discount Pharmacy, Virginia Museum of Natural History, Lawrence Distributing, Harbour Garage & Towing, Bowles Properties, Inc., Doug's Imports, Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, American National Bank & Trust Co., Martinsville Speedway, Bernadette Moore - Piedmont Arts, Happy 35th Lisa Boaz, Harbour's Save Stations, Seth Robertson Heating and Cooling, Solo Co Inc., Thad Wade, Everything Outdoors, and Petal LLC.