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August 12, 2016

Smith River Sports Complex hosts 2nd Annual Wine by the River Wine Festival September 17 

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - The Smith River Sports Complex (SRSC) is excited to announce tickets are now on sale for the second annual Wine by the River Wine Festival on September 17, 2016. The event will run from 2 p.m. to 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 an admission fee of $25 for persons 21 and older that would like to participate in the tastings and just $10 for designated drivers and persons under 21 years old. Tickets are now available for purchase at the Complex during regular business hours from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. or by calling 276-638-5200 ext. 6. The Complex will also be selling wine festival tickets at its Smith River Fest booth this Saturday, August 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests may also buy their tickets on the day of the event.

Currently six different wineries have registered to attend and participate in this festival including: Bluetoad Hard Cider, Hamlet Vineyards, Preston Ridge, Ramulose Ridge Vineyards, Stanburn Winery and West Wind Farm. 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 options of beer.

At the first festival in 2015, there were 20 local food and artisan vendors for the more than 500 guests that attended to explore while enjoying the afternoon by the river. This year, organizers plan to increase attendance as well as participating vendors as the annual event continues to grow. To add to the atmosphere, there will also be two musical performances by Maya Burgess as well as Slick Jr. & the Reactors.

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."

For further questions about the event, sponsorships 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.