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Paw Paw hosts Wine and Harvest Festival
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Paw Paw Wine and Harvest Festival

With races on water and land, a bike tour, classic cars, arts and crafts, live entertainment, a parade and a grape stomp, Paw Paw is the place to be Sept. 10–12, when the community holds its annual Wine and Harvest Festival.

The festival, held at various locations throughout the community, begins at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, with live entertainment at Paw Paw Brewing Co., Warner Vineyards’ Paw Paw Winery & Tasting Room, the Maple Lake Amphitheater and the Festival Tent in downtown Paw Paw and the opening of a carnival midway and retail vendor marketplace downtown. Fireworks follow at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday's festival events include a classic car, truck and motorcycle show from 8 a.m.–3 p.m., the Grape Lake 5K Run/Walk from 9–11 a.m., an arts and craft show from 9 a.m.–6 p.m., a grape stomp from 10 a.m.–4 p.m., a turtle derby from 10 a.m.–1 p.m., and the Grape Lake Kayak Race from noon–3 p.m.

Sunday's festivities include a parade with marching bands, floats and more from 1–3 p.m. and a bike tour with three routes of varying lengths that take riders through the countryside, past vineyards and orchards, and through neighboring villages. Registration for the bike tour is from 7–9 a.m.

A free trolley will be available to ferry festival–goers around town. For a complete festival schedule and other information, visit wineandharvestfestival.com.