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Hudson -- Weekend drizzle did not put a damper on the crowds who attended Village Way for the seventh annual Hudson Wine Festival July 18 and 19.
Proceeds from the festival will benefit animal welfare groups in Northeast Ohio, including People Care Pet Pantry, PAWSibilities Humane Society of Greater Akron, Spay Neuter Ohio and Rescue Ohio English Bulldogs.
The attendance numbers were not in from the festival as of press time, but more than $90,000 has been raised for area animal welfare organizations since the benefit began, according to Debra Sherman, president of Connecting For A Cause, which staged the event.
"We had a great crowd all weekend and despite the drizzle on Saturday, guests were out in full force enjoying the change to support local animal welfare groups," Sherman said.
"With the slightly cooler temperatures we also hosted more than 100 dogs of all shapes and sizes including rescues available for adoption from PAWSibilities, Humane Society of Greater Akron and Rescue Ohio English Bulldogs. Cedric from PAWSibilties particularly enjoyed the doggie pool on Saturday afternoon after making his rounds looking for a new owner."
More than 130 volunteers assisted in the benefit which combined food, wine and a variety of events for animal welfare.
"The Cupcake Vineyards mobile tasting truck was a huge hit as well as Cleveland Whiskey, Portside Distillery and Your WINE Cellar to name a few," Sherman said. "Lenny Ciolek, the founder and CEO of Mckenzies Brewing Company was on hand Friday night to interact with guests and spoke at two seminars about the trending cider business."
Adding to the sweets and liquid treats were displays by a variety of food vendors.
"Pairing well with the wine were the cheese platters from Adams Reserve NY Extra Sharp Cheddar as well as selections from Manny's Mac & Cue including lobster mac and cheese along with spicy fries, tacos and empanadas from the Fired Up Taco Truck," Sherman said.
The edibles were complemented by musical and pet-related events.
"Guests were dancing all weekend long and hamming it up in the free Merrill Lynch pet portrait studio between visiting with vendors and sampling more than 150 wines, craft beers and spirits," Sherman said. "Guests could also spin the Discount Drug Mart Spin To Win wheel for a chance to win great prizes and were encouraged to visit their local store after the event to purchase their favorite wines and beers sampled at the event."
Sherman is already looking forward to next year's events at the eighth annual festival which will run July 17 and 18, 2015.
"It's a great feeling to know that we are supporting such great beneficiaries with this event," Sherman added. "The response has been amazing and the event continues to be a draw for people from all over northeast Ohio."