The Britt’s Taste of Summer Draws Hundreds

By Sharon Ko

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — Hundreds of people filled the streets for the annual “Taste of Summer” event.

This year, the Britt brought in different vendors across Southern Oregon, like 19 different wineries, and it drew in visitors who normally wouldn’t stop by.

“Just being out in the country, and feeling that old town feel and knowing that it still exists in our country is awesome,” says one visitor, Paulette Yetter.

The steady traffic of visitors are also helping sales for vineyards such as Daisy Creek. But that money is funneling right back into Southern Oregon.

“This is a good opportunity. We are a Jacksonville winery so we like to support the events that go on in Jacksonville,” says Daisy Creek Vineyard’s Margaret Lion.

“We sold about 200 wine tasting last year, we’ve got enough for 250 right now and they’re going fast,” says Sara King Cole, the Britt marketing director.

There were also local bands and a puppet show for kids that helped local outreach programs. Admission was free if you donated a new or gently used book.