Community Interest

Scenes from Defiance Wine Country Fest

The Third Annual Wine Country Fest was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 15-17 in and around Defiance.

The Festivities kicked off Friday evening with a Father -Daughter Dance at Sunflower Hill Farm; and for the adults, a "Meet the Locals" event at the Defiance Roadhouse.

Saturday's activities included a BBQ competition sanctioned by the St. Louis BBQ Association at Sugar Creek Winery and Vineyards. There was live music in the afternoon, and a Concert on the Hill Saturday evening.  The Historic Daniel Boone Home also hosted a BBQ event in honor of Father's Day on Saturday.

The weekend capped off Sunday with a car show and Wine Country Market at Defiance Ridge Vineyards. Proceeds from the car show benefited the Focus Marines Foundation – a local organization that helps wounded warriors with the support they need after returning home.

Other businesses in the area also featured live music on Saturday and Sunday. 

Photos courtesy of Chris Comotto.

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Over 100 people attended the Friday Night “Meet the Locals” event at Defiance Road House.


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Friday night's music was by the band “Ear Candy”.


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On Saturday, “Q at the Creek”, a St Louis BBQ Association sanctioned back-yard
griller’s competition was held at Sugar Creek Winery.
Local, in-state, and out-of-state teams competed in the event.


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Saturday evening's Concert on the Hill featured Johnny Rock-Itt.


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About 30 cars participated despite the uncomfortably hot weather.


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Tom Shaw Jr. at the car show.


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Norm Harriman and Mickey Drake of the Focus Marines Foundation
- a local organization that helps wounded warriors with the support they need after returning home.