Going behind the scenes of Colorado Mountain Winefest

PALISADE, Colo. (KKCO) Winefest weekend is coming to an end and it wouldn't have been possible without the people who pitched in behind the scenes, event organizers said.

"Four people couldn't put this event together," said Cassidee Shull, executive director of the Colorado Association of Viticulture and Enology. "Without all of our volunteers, our staff, and everybody's dedicated time and support, this event would not be what it is."

300 people volunteered to contribute to various aspects of Saturday's celebration at Riverbend Park in Palisade. Some volunteers collected tickets, handed out wine glasses and tote bags and placed wristbands on the event's 5000 attendants.

"You get to see your friends and meet a lot of people," said Karla McCann, who has volunteered at Winefest for five years. "And it's really great the way the energy moves back and forth because everybody is in such a good mood that it's really, really fun."

Winery employees also put in some sweat and tears to make the event successful. 50 wineries had people pouring hundreds of samples and selling bottles of wine and merchandise all day.

"There seems to be a lot of people in the park and it seems to be pacing really well," said Naomi Smith, of Grande River Vineyards. "It looks like one of our bigger festivals."


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