Tasty charity event on tap at park

The initial Fermentation Celebration experienced a taste of success last year so another round was ordered. The second edition is set for June 24 at Jennings County’s Muscatatuck Park.

Beer and wine tasting, food, live music, charity raffles, free primitive camping and several outdoor activities are planned for the all-day, overnight event.

Proceeds will be donated to the Jennings County Youth Foundation and also will help fund Muscatatuck Park’s toddler playground equipment, event organizer Jessica Risacher said.

“This event went very well last year. There were no incidents and everyone just seemed to have a very good time. It was just a lot of fun,” Muscatatuck Park director Greg Martin said.

The day’s schedule begins at 2 p.m. with a beer and wine tasting event that will feature unlimited tasting of more than 150 beers and wines. More than 40 regional micro-breweries and private wineries and vendors from as far away as California and Delaware will provide the samples.

After the conclusion of the tasting event, at 6 p.m., a beer garden will open. An evening concert headlined by The Why Store will begin after 7 and will last until about midnight.

Soon after midnight, “One Man Jam Band” Derick Howard will give a late-night concert and light show in the woods near the campgrounds at the back of the park.

Activities such as hiking, canoeing and rock climbing will also be available on June 24 and 25.

Unlimited primitive camping is available in the park, but a limited number of reserve campsites with water and electricity also are available on a first-come, first-served basis, Martin said.

No children will be admitted at the event because all participants must be at least 21 years old.

Tickets to the event range from $10 to $60. Designated drivers get in for $10 but nothing else except music is included. General admission is $40 in advance or $50 at the gate, and includes beer and wine tasting, music, free primitive camping and a souvenir. A $60 VIP ticket includes three days in the park beginning June 23, wine and beer tasting, music, camp sites, free parking and a souvenir.

Parking for general admission tickets is $5 per car unless at least four people are in the same car and then parking is free.

The Fermentation Celebration is a rain or shine event.

For more information

For more information or to order tickets, go online at fermentationcelebration.com or muscatatuckpark.com/events.php