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77th Grape Festival Starts Friday

August 28, 2014

By Sarah Tomkinson, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa

Aug. 28--NAUVOO, Ill. -- Nauvoo hosts its 77th annual grape festival Friday through Saturday.

Events will open Friday with a carnival starting at 5 p.m. and music performed by Fate Revealed in the entertainment tent off Mulholland Street.

The Rheinberger and Weld House museums will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. every day of the festival for tours and grape samplings.

Saturday's events will feature a 5K run/walk, mud volleyball and archery. Most competition events require pre-registration.

"Saturday is like our competition day," said Kim Orth, Nauvoo tourism director.

Saturday also will feature a garden tractor pull, pet parade and the start of Festival on Wheels, one of the largest open-air car shows in the Great Lakes region.

"We have over 500 cars already registered to take part in the festival," she added.

Saturday also will feature a wine-tasting starting at 1 p.m. at the entertainment tent, followed by performances by Caught in the Crypt, Maximus with special guest Pat White and The Hong Kong Sleepover, starting at 6 p.m.

Sunday will continue with a parade, the Festival on Wheels and carnival and feature performances by D'Allen Rice and Jerod Harness & Blackgrass in the entertainment tent.

A Grape Festival Dinner Theatre will present the Wedding of the Wine and Cheese Sunday at Luther Hall.

"The show will go over a lot of the history of the grape festival," Orth said.

The festival started in the 1940s.

"The mayor (at the time) felt that we needed to have some community celebration to welcome visitors to Nauvoo and let residents celebrate the start of the harvest season," Orth said.

To pre-register for an event, go to


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