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Blooms & Brews date bumped by Sip & Saveur
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With a jam-packed September, Aug. 28 has been proposed as a potential date for Blooms and Brews at the Farmers Market. Pictured is Dave Sergio of Calfkiller Brewing in Sparta at a previous Blooms & Brews.

Pushing community events into the latter months of 2021 has caused an unsavory mixture of wine and beer.

Junior Auxiliary of McMinnville’s Sip & Saveur, a wine tasting and art exhibit, is set for Sept. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. in downtown McMinnville. 

However, that date has traditionally been used for Blooms & Brews, a craft beer festival sponsored by Tree City Wine & Spirits. 

The scheduling conflict was discussed by McMinnville Tourism Development Board members. 

“First off, Tourism Development Board is the seed organization for Blooms and Brews,” said Christy Ross, board member. “It is not our project, but we do provide seed money for it. They’re looking to set a date. The date they always used was the last Saturday in September. That date is no longer available. They have asked us to consider a date.” 

McMinnville’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved Junior Auxiliary’s request for that date when it met March 23. While Sip & Saveur utilizes Main Street and Court Square, Blooms & Brews is located at the Farmers Market.

“They don’t want to compete,” said Ross. “A new date needs to be chosen, if anybody has any thoughts or ideas.”

Scheduling is on the rocks with the Warren County A&L Fair the second full week in September and Autumn Street Fair on Oct. 2.

“The fair is always the second week and Autumn Street Fair is always the first Saturday in October,” said Sarah Cantrell, board member.

Saturday, Sept. 18 would be final day of the fair. 

Saturday, Sept. 4 is Labor Day weekend.

“So, September is out,” said board member Ross Garrison. 

Suggested was the Saturday, Aug. 28.

“Barring anything else, and right off hand I can’t think of anything, can we propose the last Saturday in August pending any conflicting events,” said Garrison. 

Saturday, Aug. 28 will be recommended to Blooms & Brews organizers.