Along the banks of the Mississippi River in Clayton County, Marquette holds their Annual Lazy River Beer and Wine Fest at the river front marina. Rain or shine, this event has become a June afternoon tradition for food and drink, and entertainment to dance the afternoon away. It’s a relaxing day to enjoy samples of local brews and wine, share stories with friends, and bask in the sun as the Mississippi River flows.
Last year when I attended the event, I received my bag of goodies along with my voucher, and could hear the excitement just beyond the gate. I entered the wine tent and was instantly enticed by the table of chocolates laid out. Promiseland Winery had their gold medal winning wine ready to pour, and I sampled their Great River Red. As I swirled the deep red wine in the glass, the fragrance of the grapes filled my senses and prepared me for the semi-sweet taste of the wine. A group of women saw my sample and recommended Mrs. Sippi from Eagles Landing Winery for me to try, and I watched as a bright red wine was being poured into a glass. After I drank through my ten samples of wine, I turned in my meal voucher and got a nice, steaming hot meal while I listened to the entertainment provided.
As the bass to country rock of the live music was filling the afternoon the air, it gave me the nudge I needed to get up and dance, and sing along with everybody else. The sound of the music in the tent and our singing along a boaters enjoying the afternoon riding on the river waved to the crowd as they cruised on by, and docked their boats to join the fun.
After dancing the afternoon away, I threw off my shoes and leaned against the bank to relax as the breeze off the Mississippi River cooled me down. As I sat along the bank, I embraced my surroundings. With the town of Marquette and the large pink elephant at the entrance behind me, I had a full view of the Mississippi River in front of me. The water rolled along the river way as it splashed up against the rocks and sparkled in the sunlight. The scenery was calming, and it was a treat to be able to laze away the afternoon at the bank of a beautiful view surrounded by lush, green bluffs. A beautiful view to end a wonderful afternoon, strangers became friends and friends reconnected over a cold one at the Lazy River Fest.
Written by Jayna Felder | Photo credit to Lazy River Beer and Wine Fest