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New layout provides biggest ‘Uncorked’ yet

New layout provides biggest ‘Uncorked’ yet
New layout provides biggest ‘Uncorked’ yet
John Fouts, of Grateful Goat Winery, sells a bottle of wine to a customer Saturday afternoon. One of the newest wineries in the region, located just north of Palmyra in Washington County, Grateful Goat received many compliments from festival attendees. Photo by Ross Schulz (click for larger version)

The fourth annual Southern Indiana Uncorked Festival held Saturday at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Corydon was the largest event yet, with an expansion over last year’s festival.
The previous festivals were either held in the Merchants Building or the area underneath the grandstands at the fairgrounds, but, this year, to provide more space for both the wineries and the attendees, the booths were moved outside in the grass area along Indian Creek.
‘The new layout was very well-liked,’ Nathan Blank, event organizer, said.
Blank, owner of Cellar on the Square in downtown Corydon, said about 1,800 people attended the event, which is the most in its four-year history.
The festival featured 17 wineries and a brewery.
‘It was the biggest so far as far as wineries,’ Devin Rainbolt, a staff member at Uncorked, said.
Hopefully, next year, Rainbolt said, they can make the event even bigger.
Rainbolt said the weather, warm and sunny, was perfect and the new location was cooler.
‘It’s about 20 degrees cooler along the creek (compared to inside the buildings),’ Rainbolt said.
Indiana wineries from as far away as Madison County took part in the festival, and attendees came from all over Southern Indiana and Louisville.
Also new this year was a kids’ zone where parents could leave their children with event volunteers.
Windy Knoll Winery, located in Vincennes, was voted the most popular winery.
In the amateur wine and beer competitions, Best of Show awards went to Richard Morris for his Muscat dessert wine and to Wayne Patmore for his Schwarzbier entry. Blank said full results will be posted online at later this week.
Entertainment at the event also received high marks, Blank said.
This year, Blank is donating a portion of the proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in honor of family members of the festival committee.
This year’s festival sponsors included Cellar on the Square, the Harrison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Lucas Oil, WFPL, First Harrison Bank, Community First Bank, Party Central Rental and Sales, Bennett & Bennett Insurance, Uhl Trucking, Blank & Ingram CPA, Faith, Ingle and Smith, Ordner Insurance, Kellum Imprints and Awards Inc., John Hall & Sons Roll-Off Services and the Harrison County Solid Waste District.