The eighth annual Midlothian Wine and Arts Festival welcomed over 4,200 visitors to shop, dine, and indulge in adult beverages and barbeque Saturday evening.
White tents lined the streets of downtown with 165 vendors showcasing their arts and crafts. Vendors ranged from painters, jewelers, and retail to cat sock stuffed animals. There were also various artists on display and seemingly-endless food truck options.
During Saturday’s event, committee co-chair Stephen Hidlebaugh spoke with several vendors who shared how it was their first time at the festival and are eager to return next year.
“I asked the vendors where they came from, and we had a lot from Grapevine, which I truly think they have their act together. It’s amazing. Some of the people from Grapevine said, ‘Wow, what a cool downtown,’” Hidlebaugh recalled.
Hidlebaugh also gave props to co-committee chair Judy McGraw and Midlothian Chamber of Commerce events manager Kim Kizer-Hays for their outstanding efforts.
Downtown shops had lines out the door with visitors waiting patiently with their commemorative wine glasses in hand. With 15 wineries participating, the wine walk was a hit.
Lawn chairs dressed the stage while others parked their families in the shade, listening to live bands. The music was also synced with speakers for patrons to enjoy throughout the festival. And, gazing into the crowd, there seemed to be more dogs in strollers than babies.
The kid's zone was a popular spot with numerous inflatable slides, bounce houses and an enormous obstacle course.
Midlothian Chamber of Commerce President Cammy Jackson was spotted with her daughters walking the festival grounds.
“The weather was perfect for the event, and I’d have to say my favorite part was the community that came out in droves for this event,” Jackson relayed. “The positive energy that day was amazing. I loved the abundance of vendors because I love to shop. I had so much variety to choose from. And the food was delicious!”
The next Midlothian Wine and Arts Festival will be Nov. 10.