The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 22, 2014

Festival sells out in 8 minutes

— SELINSGROVE — The popularity of the annual Hops, Vines and Wines Festival was proven yet again with the event selling out in a record eight minutes.

All 1,600 tickets for the four-hour event scheduled for July 19 in downtown Selinsgrove were sold online Saturday at a cost of $50 each.

“We offer one of the finest brew-wine fests on the East Coast, and word travels fast in the craft brew circles,” said organizer Carol Handlan, president of Selinsgrove Projects Inc.

While the bulk of the tickets were sold in Pennsylvania, people from 15 other states, including Alaska and California, snapped up coveted tickets as well.

It’s the seventh year in a row the festival is being held, and it has quickly become one of the most anticipated events in the region.

Last year, the event sold out in 12 minutes compared to two hours a year earlier. 

Attendees will enjoy local wines and beer from about 40 breweries, as well as free food and live entertainment. Mid-Atlantic Brewing News will be at the site reporting on the event, Handlan said. Proceeds will benefit the Main Street Manager program. 

“It is very competitive, since there are hundreds of festivals going on and they have to be very selective,” Handlan said. “We are very fortunate to have established some wonderful relationships with the brewers and wineries and make sure they are catered to, along with our patrons.” 

The borough also is gearing up for another popular festival, the 36th Market Street Festival, set for Sept. 27. 

More than 130 arts, crafts and food vendors will attend, and there will be games, a petting zoo, pony rides, contests and entertainment. 

Vendor space is available. To reserve space, visit www. for the application and information. 

For-profit rates are discounted to $75 through July 20, and not-for-profit rates are discounted to $50. After July 21, the rates will increase by $25. For information, email

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