The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

June 15, 2013

GOTL to host firefighter games today

By MARGIE NETZEL - mnetzel@starbeacon.com
Star Beacon

GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE — There will be no smoke and no fire at The Landing today, but firefighters from across the region will put on their gear and fire up their hoses for the annual Firefighter’s Roundup.

The event, which is held behind the Old Firehouse Winery in Geneva-on-the-Lake,  begins at noon. Admission is free.

The day will include vendors, antique fire trucks, a parade at 1 p.m., firefighter games including water battles, a bucket brigade and tug of war for firefighters, and live entertainment.

Festival coordinator Brook Collin Hall said the first roundup was held at the lake in the 1960’s, but got too big for the space.

The festival became so large that after a few years, the organizers were unable to continue with it,” Hall said. “With our grounds at the Landing, we are far better equipped for a festival like the roundup.”

Food, wine, fun and entertainment are the hallmark of the annual fest, though Hall said the biggest stars are the firefighters and their engines.

“Every department brings an engine and many of the engines are antique,” he said. “They are all really interesting.”

It’s all fun and games with water, Hall said.

“The games are always a highlight of the day,” he said. “Everyone loves to watch the games.”

For more information, visit www.GenevaLanding. com.

The Landing will also offer the 2013 Lake Erie Wine Fest on June 22 and 23.

The weekend of wine, wine education, food pairings and entertainment will include 16 Ohio wineries, music, entertainment, and an adventure, Hall said.

This year, the fest will include Old Firehouse Winery, Emerine Estates, Buccia Vineyards, Signature Wines, The Lakehouse Inn and Winery, Old Mill Winery, It’s Your Winery, Deer’s Leap Winery, Your Wine Cellar, Matus Winery, Virant Family Winery, The Winery at Spring Hill, Al-Bi Winery, Maize Valley Market and Winery, Meniru Meadery and The Goddess Wine House.

“Each ticket holder gets 15 tasting tickets, up from 10 last year,” Hall said. “So you will get more tastes than before.”

Hall said he expects at least 3,000 wine lovers at the fest this year, as well as many vendors and booths selling everything from cheese and snacks to purses and jewelry.

Tickets to the 2013 Lake Erie Wine Fest and Wine Tasting Adventure are $25 at the gate. Designated driver tickets are $10. The optional adventure ticket add-on is $5 per person. For more information visit www.genevalanding.com or call 1-800-518-8650.