Dixon—Visitors to the Solano County Wine Pavilion at the 139th annual Dixon May Fair, set Thursday May 8 through Sunday, May 11, will see more flair, wine education, wine varietals and premium wine offerings.
The pavilion, located just left of the main gate, past the Leber Garden Stage, is a welcoming wine environment that features a tasting room filled with delicious Solano County wines.
Fairgoers can drink wines by the glass starting at $4 or take a tasting tour of Solano County with tours starting at $8. Proceeds from all the wine sales go directly to the Friends of Dixon May Fair and is used for fair ground improvements, awards for agriculture exhibitors and most importantly, scholarships for Solano County students seeking a career in the agricltural industries. The pavilion will feature wineries from the Suisun Valley Vintners and Wine Growers, Green Valley, and Dixon. Participating wineries are Wooden Valley Winery, Vezer Family Vineyards, Winterhawk Winery, Mangell Winery and Tenbrink Vineyards, all of Suisun Valley; Jess Jones Vineyard of Dixon; and Rock Creek Vineyard and GV Cellars of Green Valley.
From the rich Green and Suisun Valleys, to Pleasants, Vaca and Lagoon Valleys, to the Dixon Ridge, “these vineyards provide not only wine for our local wineries, but they also support the grape juice needs of many national recognized wineries,” Huffman said.
The $19 million-dollar Solano County wine grape industry is a big boost to the local economy, said John M. Vazquez Jr. of Vacaville, chair of the Solano County Board of Supervisors. “The wine industry in Solano County has always served a valuable role within our county’s economy and heritage. I look forward to walking through the pavilion this year.”
The 100-member Friends of Dixon May Fair is a non-profit organization, all volunteer group, that works year-round to provide hands-on support to the fair. The Friends are responsible for all beer and wine sales during the fair, ensuring that 100 percent of the profits go right back to the fair. Monies collected are given back in the form of scholarships awards and improvements of the Dixon May Fair grounds. The organization is headed by Donnie Huffman of Vacaville.
Last year The Friends raised nearly $140,000, and provided $16,000 in ag-related scholarships and awards. More information about the Friends is on the their Website at www.Friendsofthefair.org.
The Dixon May Fair is the oldest fair in the state. The grounds are located at 655 S. First St., Dixon.