New hours for the Farmer’s Market and winning wines

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Beginning Saturday, Sept. 2, the Salisbury-Rowan Farmer’s Market hours will be 9 a.m.-noon for the Fall/Winter market. Same location, same vendors, just a new time.

The market actually runs through mid-December.

The Farmer’s Market would like to showcase a few new and/or previous local farmers, craftsman, musicians and artists. New vendor booth rate specials are running now.

Please contact Hollie Hutchens at or at 704-818-7319 for more information. Market rules, vendor applications and market location are posted on

Winning wines

The Dixie Classic Fair announces the winners of the 18th Annual Mid-Atlantic Southern Wine Competition. Held on Aug. 12 and 13 at the fairgrounds, the competition began in 1995 to showcase the best winemakers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia or West Virginia.

This year, 603 wines, from 70 commercial and 25 amateur winemakers, competed for top honors. Childress Vineyards of Lexington took “Best in Show” for their Reserve Series Cabernet Franc (2015). All gold, silver and bronze winners will be available online at close to opening of the Fair.

“It was a very strong competition this year,” said Jim Collins, Wine Superintendent at the Dixie Classic Fair. “Vineyards in North Carolina won nearly every category, demonstrating the strength and growth of the winemaking business in this state. We hope everyone will come and learn about these vineyards and taste their wines in Yesterday Village at the Fair.”

Commercial Entries

Best in Show — Reserve Series Cabernet Franc 2015 from Childress Vineyards, Lexington.

Best Red Dry Wine — Reserve Series Cabernet Franc 2015 from Childress Vineyards, Lexington.

Best Red Sweet Wine — Campbell from Cypress Bend Vineyards, Wagrum

Best White Dry Wine — Livy Estate from Cypress Bend Vineyards, Wagrum.

Best White Sweet Wine — Clara Breeze Reserve 2016 from Adams Vineyards, Willow Springs.

Best Desert and Fruit Wine — Blue Bay from Gin Creek Vineyards and Winery, Hartsfield, Ga.

Amateur Entries

Best Amateur Wild Black Raspberry 2016 from Crazy Bunny Winery, Creston, NC; Barry Haas, winemaker.

Placement of individual Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners also were awarded. For a full list of medalists, visit, closer to the opening date of the fair.

The Dixie Classic Fair is the second-most attended agricultural Fair in North Carolina and runs from Sept. 29 to Oct. 8 at the fairgrounds in Winston-Salem. Advance sale discount tickets are available online through the fair’s web site,, and Ticketmaster, The advance sale ends on Sept. 28 at 11:59 p.m.

Online sales will be promoted via the fair’s social media links on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Advance tickets can be purchased with no convenience charges at the Annex Box Office located at 414 Deacon Boulevard, Winston-Salem; hours are Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit or call 336-727-2236.

— Deirdre Parker Smith