A new event is coming to Guntersville this year and for the city and the coordinator behind it, the event is a first.
Last year downtown Huntsville saw an event that had visitors waiting along the street to attend – Big Spring Crush. It was downtown Huntsville’s first wine festival.
Ashley Ryals is the owner and chief creator of Homegrown, the company behind the event. “I actually started this business three years ago,” Ryals says.
Now Ryals is taking her business and skills about 40 miles south to Guntersville. “We are bringing City Harbor Crush on the lake to Guntersville, Alabama,” Ryals says.
The event is expected to mimic what visitors saw at the event in Huntsville with more than 100 wines to taste, music, and food.
“I think we’re going to have a tremendous response, because fortunately our residents and tourists alike support local events, so we’re very excited,” Guntersville Mayor Leigh Dollar says.
County leaders say the event will provide a chance to show visitors what Guntersville has to offer. “I’m hoping this event will draw them here maybe for the first time, and then maybe we’ll be able to sell them on our community and have them come back and visit us again,” President of the Marshall County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Katy Norton says.
It’s the first of its kind in Guntersville, and a first for Ryals. “I’m excited for this to be the first venture outside of the box of Huntsville,” Ryals says.
The event is slated for June sixth and organizers hope to make it an annual one.