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Oswego's Wine on the Fox Has Record Year

Jun 07, 2016 11:19PM ● Published by Steven Jack

The village of Oswego's Wine on the Fox, which took place this year on Mother's Day weekend, saw it's biggest attendance and sales to date.

Michele Brown, the village's community relations manager, told the Village Board Tuesday night that revenue from this year's festival exceeded $77,000 and attendance was estimated at about 6,000 over its two days. Revenue from the festival, which started in 2007, are used to pay expenses for the following year's event. 

"The attendance numbers are the best we have seen to date," said Brown. We believe that the warm weather and the beautiful and scenic Hudson Crossing Park contributed to the increase in attendance. We also believe that Mother’s Day weekend truly helped the Sunday attendance." 

In all, the village sold about 33,800 wine tasting tickets in 2016. That was 10,000 more than the previous most successful year, which was 2015. 

Brown said another boost may have come from an article that appeared on a popular travel blog naming Wine on the Fox one of the top 8 wine festivals to attend in 2016. The article appeared just a couple of weeks before the event, Brown said. 

This year's Wine on the Fox included just 13 wineries when in year's past as many as 19 participated. Brown said some of the previous wineries contacted to participate could not attend due to scheduling conflicts. 

Trustees asked whether the event could continue to be held on Mother's Day weekend given the large turnout. Brown said that will figure into scheduling for the 2017 event. 

Trustee Pam Parr also asked because of this year's success, whether the festival could be expanded or include more food options, including food trucks and more entertainment options. 
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