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22nd annual St. Clair Winefest to benefit local cancer warriors

(DEMING, NM) — St. Clair Winery of Deming is pleased to announce the 22nd annual Winefest, benefiting Cancer Support of Deming and Luna County, Inc. Festivities will begin on Saturday, October 1st  from 12:00-7:00pm and continue on Sunday, October 2nd from 12:00-6:00pm. Enjoy a selection of food vendors on-site as well as arts & crafts vendors, live music, a silent auction, tours, fun activities for the kids and a wide selection of wines for sipping and sampling. Admission at the gate is $5 and includes a complimentary wine glass and tasting tickets. Free admission is offered to all active-duty military and law enforcement.

St Clair will donate all proceeds from admission, ribbon sales, vendor fees and silent auction to the local non-profit, Cancer Support of Deming and Luna County, Inc. for the sixth year in a row. Last year’s donation was just over $3,300, which helped offset the cost of travel for many local cancer patients who often attend treatments many miles away.

“We’ve seen an increase each year in the donation amount, and we’re always happy the community is willing to come together to help support this great cause,” said Lora Robinson, Tasting Room Manager.

While on site, take advantage of a winery tour for a behind-the-scenes look at the largest, most award-winning winery in New Mexico. There will be 3 exclusive VIP tours ($15 per person or $25 per couple) as well as a free basic tour. The all-inclusive VIP tours will be held at 12:30, 2:00 and 5:00 pm with a winery tour, complimentary commemorative glass, and will finish with a coveted four-barrel wine tasting. VIP tours are limited to only 15 people, so make your reservation today. The basic winery tour will be given to the first 20 people at 3:30 pm each day.

St. Clair Winery has tickets available at their Tasting Room located at 1325 De Baca Rd SE, 3 miles east of Deming on NM Highway 549. Go to www.stclairwinery.com for a full schedule of festival activities.

To schedule your VIP tour reservations, or for further information, please call 575-546-1179.  (Winery tours require closed-toe shoes and do not allow jewelry).

To enter the bottle opening contest or grape stomp contest, simply volunteer as a contestant during Winefest at the scheduled times. For the bra parade, bring a decorated bra along with you and be ready to display it by wearing it over your clothes or display on a hanger. Bra Parade and judging will be at 2:45pm on Sunday, October 2nd. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for the best bra.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Saturday, October 1st

12:00 pm – Winefest Day 1 Officially Opens

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Live Music by “Wait For What?”

12:00 pm – Silent Auction Bidding Begins

12:30 pm – V.I.P. Winery Tour

1:30 pm – Cork Pulling Contest

1:30 pm – Grape Stomp Contest

2:00 pm – V.I.P. Winery Tour

3:00 pm – Cork Pulling Contest

3:00 pm – Grape Stomp Contest

3:30 pm – Basic Winery Tour

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Live Music by “Smokin’ Mirrors”

5:00 pm – V.I.P. Winery Tour

6:00 pm – Grape Stomp Contest

6:00 pm – Cork Pulling Contest

7:00 pm – Firework Display


Sunday, October 2nd

12:00 pm – Winefest Day 2 Officially Opens

12:30 pm – V.I.P. Winery Tour

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Live Music by “Cadillac Kings”

2:00 pm – V.I.P. Winery Tour

2:30 pm – Cork Pulling Contest

2:30 pm – Grape Stomp Contest

2:45 pm – Bra Parade Contest (bring a decorated bra and be ready to either wear it over your clothes to display or display on a hanger. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place!)

3:30 pm – Basic Winery Tour

4:00 pm – Silent Auction Bidding Ends

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Music by DJ George Ortiz

5:00 pm – V.I.P. Winery Tour

5:00 pm – Cork Pulling Contest

5:00 pm – Grape Stomp Contest

6:00 pm – Winefest Ends