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Beer, bacon will star at Woodstock's Ale Fest

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 11:35 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – Love beer and bacon? A couple of Woodstock-based organizations have you covered.

The Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and Adult & Child Therapy Services will hold Woodstock Ale Fest, a celebration of beer, bacon and bluegrass. The event is scheduled for next October, but organizers are arranging a kickoff event later this month to serve as a microcosm of the festival and let people know what’s coming.

John Buckley, executive director of Adult & Child Therapy Services, said the plans started coming together after a conversation with Chamber Executive Director Shari Gray.

Buckley has had a passion for craft beer for years, and Gray’s husband makes his own brew. With both organizations looking for a unique way to generate support and funds, the fit seemed natural.

“I think there is a growing community of people that enjoy craft beer,” Buckley said. “There are plenty of people in McHenry County that will enjoy this event, and it will pull from farther than that.”

The festival is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 4 in a lot just north of the Woodstock Square. It will showcase more than 100 craft beers, bluegrass music and food featuring bacon from local restaurants.

Gray said she’s looking forward to an event that she feels is a change of pace from the Chamber’s past fundraisers.

“The county is saturated with golf events,” she said. “This is kind of our alternative to that.”

A kickoff event is scheduled for Nov. 29. Officials are finalizing location details for the event, which will include a couple of samples of food and drink that will be available next year. Organizers are planning to sell just 200 tickets to the kickoff.

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