BROADWAY, Va.---The Broadway Hometown Partnership hosted the first Red, White and Brew Festival in Broadway on Saturday.
BHP, which helps the local economy and attracts people to the town through events, hosts fundraisers every year. The money helps support advertising and community events the group puts together.
Festival organizer Judie Carnahan said in the past the group had hosted a Casino night. However, this year, the non profit wanted to try something different.
"This is our main fundraiser for one thing and because it's the first time we have gotten to do this in Broadway so we wanted it to be a big success so we can do it again," said Carnahan.
Several local vendors participated in the event, including the Grateful Grub. Carnahan said the event also aims to support local businesses.
Owner Jeremy Rutan said he was surprised with the turnout at the event.
"I have yet to take to have a break. I have been busy all day long," said Rutan.
As of 5 p..m., Rutan had almost sold out of everything at his tent. He said he made nearly $3,500 during the six hours of the event.
"I knew I was gonna do well, I just didn't know it was gonna be like this," said Rutan.
He said it also gives the business more exposure.
"It's definitely getting our names out there a lot more. So we're definitely gonna see more business from this," said Rutan.
Bluestone Vineyards employee Erika Gehr said she saw some new and regular customers during the fest.
She said nearly 200 people stopped by the tent to try some wine.
"We were assuming small. very few people interested in wine and it ended up being great exposure," said Gehr.
Carnahan said she hopes the festival will be held next year.
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