The Town of Camp Verde and its partners are pleased to announce that the 2014 Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival will take place in downtown Camp Verde on Saturday March 29 and Sunday March 30. The Festival is actually a handful of events rolled into one, including 1) Camp Verde Pecan & Wine Festival, 2) Verde Valley Archaeology Fair, 3) Verde River Runoff canoe and kayak race, and a host of activities surrounding the Arizona State Parks Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month celebration. Admission to all events is free. Charges apply for wine tasting and race participants.
The Pecan & Wine Festival, which has been around since 2001, features the choicest product of the vintner’s art from 12 of the Verde Valley’s premier wineries. There is a $12 charge for wine tasting that includes five sample tickets along with a commemorative wine glass that is yours to keep. Wineries featured in this year's event include Burning Tree Cellars, Oak Creek Vineyard and Winery, Page Springs Cellars, Alcantara Vineyards and Winery, Pillsbury Wine Company, Arizona Stronghold, Freitas Vineyard, Cellar 433, Javelina Leap Winery, Fire Mountain Wines and Caduceus Cellars.
The Verde Valley Archaeology Fair is two exciting days of archaeological adventures. Experience the excitement of uncovering the past with dozens of activities, live presentations, films and special programs. The VV Archaeology Fair is a family event with plenty of hands-on archaeology for kids. All activities are presented by archaeologists, educators and other specialists.
The Verde River Runoff is a ten mile canoe/kayak race/fun-run from White Bridge to Beasley Flat. Originally begun as the Canoe Challenge in 2000, the 10-mile long race has become a favorite for boaters throughout the state. Racers launch from the White Bridge River Access site at 10 a.m. on Saturday March 29th.
In addition to the major events, the Camp Verde Historical Society will open the historic 1933 Camp Verde Jail, the 1917 George Hance House and the CVHS Museum. There will be no admission fee at Fort Verde State Park on Saturday and Sunday. Partners for this year’s Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival are Camp Verde Promotions, Verde Valley Wine Consortium, Verde Valley Archaeology Center, Verde River Valley Nature Organization, Camp Verde Historical Society, and Arizona State Parks. If you're visiting from out of town, book your room today to make sure you have a room close to the action! Try the Territorial Town Inn or Cliff Castle Casino and Hotel, or a host of others in the area.