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2/21/2012 1:05:00 PM
Letter: Sticker shock at Wine Festival


It is important to tell you about the disappointment this past weekend that my husband and I experienced.

We are both in our later years, over 70, and we are on a fixed income as many of your readers are. All week we had planned on attending the Wine Festival or should I say visiting some of the vendors and having a day out. Buying a snack here and there.

At the door we were told we had to buy tickets, OK last time it was $6, I asked how much and she said $12.50. OK, we will go to the far gate, never mind the glass for wine. We would visit friends that we knew were there and had paid to setup for the three days. Had to pay there as well. Whew! We looked at each other and turned around.

Many people were following us away to visit other areas that were opened shaking their heads.

It appears to me that if Camp Verde wants to make a go of the Wine Festival, it should be affordable.

1. Everyone does not need a wine glass.

2. The vendors pay to set up for the time and would like some walk-in customers.

Would be interested in hearing what other locals had to say. You know if we had a lot of extra pocket money we could have gone to Phoenix area. and gone to the Zoo.  We had planned to stay in our community over the weekend.

Too bad, too sad.

Dorothea Lampson


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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2012
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Let them hold the event in Sedona,at least then
most understand you can't afford to get in.
Let the hob nobbers hob nob.

Posted: Saturday, February 25, 2012
Article comment by: Brian Carlson

Not everybody will be able to afford every event that comes their way. That's a fact of life. If you don't drink wine, don't go to a wine festival.

Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Article comment by: nutso fasst

At Water2Wine in Cottonwood, those who wanted to taste local wines bought a glass with tasting tickets. Those who wanted to taste a lot of wine bought more tickets. And those who really liked the wine they tasted bought a bottle. If pecan lovers have to pay to get in and pay again for their pecans, it's a bad deal for the pecan sellers who paid for booths. Will next year's festival be wine only?

Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Article comment by: Leslie Semrau

We also went to the Festival and were shocked at the price to get in !! We do not like or drink wine and thought the same thing... Why not just let the people in to buy some pecans and charge "extra" for the wine !! We did buy some pecans and they are really good !! I would like to go next year but not if the price is the same to get in !! Please just let people in for FREE to look around at the vendors and to buy some pecans next year !! Bet there would be a lot more people there :)

Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Article comment by: glad we did not attend

WOW! Family and I spoke about going and decided not to. That is a lot to charge for that event!

Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Article comment by: Who's Responsible?

It's important for the visitor to realize that it's not the Town of Camp Verde that runs these events any longer. The Pecan & Wine Festival, as well as Fort Verde Days and the Cornfestival have been outsourced to local non-profits and individuals. While the Town's intent was to bring visitors to Camp Verde and offer inexpensive entertainment to its citizens, you can't expect the sponsors of the events to lose money. This is the reason the Town no longer sponsors these events. It's up to the new sponsors to make these events affordable while also drawing the crowds, a tricky task indeed.

Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Article comment by: Stickershock

My husband and I had the same experience. We are not wine drinkers and had no interest in the wine but wanted to buy some pecans and perhaps look at the antiques. The $12.50 price at the door would have made for VERY expensive pecans, so we did not go in. Many people are interested in the antiques and pecan pie and buying some pecans but are not wine drinkers. The price did not seem fair to those of us who made the trip from other towns only to be disapointed by not getting to buy some pecans.

Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Article comment by: flea market and some wine and pecans too

Hawking lots of rummage sale knick knacks and some pecans and wine thrown in too.

Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Article comment by: Maybe Charge Only For the Wine

Perhaps the Wine Festival should charge a nominal 3 or 4 bucks to come in and look around, but charge at each wine tasting booth. Don't know if it would be better, but I agree that we need to accommodate our own VV folks as well as the wealthy tourists.

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