SHERIDAN— Friday night was the 15th Annual Wild West Wine Fest hosted by the Downtown Sheridan Association. This year’s event was sold out nearly a week in advance and was attended by approximately 400 people.
Twenty-two wine vendors and a handful of brewers dolled out their spirits with heavy hors d’oeuvres. While the event is a premiere social event for Sheridan, it’s also gaining a reputation among wine aficionados across the state.
“All of our wine vendors were extremely happy,” DSA Director Stacie Coe said. “They kept raving about the event being one of the best wine tasting events across the state.”
In addition to sampling food and spirits, guests bid on high-profile silent auction items. Coe indicated this year’s biggest items were a basket that included four tickets to a National Football League game. She said she was pleased with bids for all items auctioned, and indicated the locally painted wine glasses did well also. This year’s event was hosted at Warehouse 201, which allowed for space to accommodate participants. Coe indicated the ability to sell more admission tickets resulted in record financial success.
The Wild West Wine Fest is the major fundraiser for the DSA. This year’s profit from the event grossed $55,000, though the take-home value will be less when expenses of the event are deducted. Coe indicated the $55,000 figure also does not include in-kind service and other donations.
“We’re so thankful to the community for its support and our volunteers,” Coe said, indicating approximately 30 people contributed their time and effort to pull off the event.