Chase City is crossing it’s fingers for good weather on Saturday for the first Shine and Wine Festival.The event will mark the first festival to celebrate area wine and spirit makers in the Commonwealth.

The celebration also marks the first time since the 1960’s that a full scale community event has been held at the Chase City Airport. Organizers point out that the

facility is a natural for community events and gatherings and the town has recently committed itself to revitalizing the once thriving facility.

Speaking this week Robert Bondurant of Chase City’s newest business, Bondurant Brothers Distillery, said that while the distillery is nearly complete and ready to operate, he would not have final approval from officials in time to take part in the festival.

Bondurant Brothers Distillery will produce the moonshine made famous by Robert’s grandfather and his brothers during prohibition using the artesian well water that made Chase City famous a century ago.

Supplying the “shine” in the festival will be Silverback Distillery of Afton, Va. The highly regarded distillery produces classic moonshine along with Beringei Vodka, Strange Money Gin and Blackback whiskey and Blackback bourbon. Several wineries from around the area

will also be on hand at the festival. Chase City’s own American Way Country Wines will be showing off some of their wide variety of county styled fruit wines. American Way produces everything from strawberry and peach wine to pumpkin and cantaloupe wine.

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