Uncork the Fun


The 15th Annual Wabash Valley Wine And Art Festival was held in Palestine, Illinois Sunday.

Over 60 fine arts, crafts, food vendors and wineries from all over the Wabash Valley were on full display. 

And some vendors like the event so much, they came back for more.  

“I’ve actually been here since it started believe it or not,” Angie Kelsheimer said. “And I love wine, and you know I love drunk customers. So all those things together have made a really good nucleus for me over the years.”

Marshall, Illinois native, Angie Kelsheimer has been making jewelry more than 20 years and says the best part of the festival is seeing the customers reactions. 

“You know I’ve been doing it a long time now and it’s a real fun thing to when you go to the mall and you see somebody wearing your work,” Kelsheimer said. “And you know it’s specifically your work because it’s a one of a kind piece, yeah that’s a charge. That’s a rush for sure.”

Each year, the two day event has grown and currently attracts more than six thousand wine lovers. 

“We’ve been going on now for all these years and it just keeps getting bigger and better,” Jim Ellis said. 

Festival organizer Jim Ellis has helped run the fair since the start and says there are several benefits to the festival.
“Well Palestine likes to promote the arts,” Ellis said. “We’ve worked hard on that over the years. They wineries, like I said we used to have one in town. There are several in the area and we like to promote their business. The funds that we raise we put back into the community. And we just keep working to benefit the community.”
Rain of shine, vendors like Kelsheimer say they will return next year. 

“You know this gives us an avenue to go out and sell product,” Kelsheimer said. “I am always for embracing wine. But yeah we love it, we do.” 

If you missed out on the wines and art festival this year don’t worry. Organizers are already planning the next wine and art festival for next October.

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