Beer, dogs, music and food are what people can look forward to if they find their way downtown to Second Street in Richmond for the seventh annual Hops & Vine Festival on Saturday.
The event, hosted by Apollo Pizza in Richmond, is organized in conjunction with local breweries, performers and restaurants, not only providing a fun time downtown, but donating to a good cause with some of the proceeds benefiting the Madison County Humane Society League for Life.
Festival goers will have the chance to chow down on food from Apollo Pizza, its sister restaurant Steam Engine and the well-known House of 'Cue barbecue restaurant, both located in Irvine.
"It's well known because it's in the UK Baseball (Team's) Kentucky Proud Park and this fall will be in Kroger Field for UK football games," Wes Browne, co-owner of Apollo, said. "We will also have some local dessert vendors."
To wash it down, the hops festival will feature 11 local craft breweries including Country Boy, West Sixth, Dreaming Creek, Blue Stallion and Ethereal, to name a few.
Browne said, "All that local beer -- 11 breweries this year -- the music and, of course, all the dogs that come out" are his favorite parts of the festival.
"It is the Madison County epicenter for very good boys and girls that day," he said in an email to The Register.
He said last year, more than $1,000 was raised for the group, which they donate to every year. There will also be dogs on site that can be adopted from the Humane Society.
Nashville-based and Kentucky-bred singer and songwriter Tiffany Williams will kick off the entertainment at 4 p.m. with Richmond favorite Corey Kenton to follow at 5. This will be Kenton's sixth time at the festival.
From 6 to 8 p.m. Kentucky band Wayne Graham will take over the stage.
"They just came off a European tour, and Rolling Stone over there went nuts for them," Browne said.
Following Wayne Graham and finishing out the evening will be Retrobution, an 80s tribute band, from 8 to 10 p.m.
"They're awesome," Browne said. "They do Billy Idol, Tears for Fears, Duran Duran and on and on, and they are spot on."
The seventh annual Hops & Vine Festival will be 3-10 p.m. Saturday between Browne Law Office and the new Currier's Music World on South Second Street. The event is free to the public.
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