TEMECULA, CA – That old wine barrel in the back yard could earn someone a coveted campsite at the 2019 Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival. Put some wheels on it, get a partner and join the Festival at the Lake Elsinore Storm, Sunday, April 14 for the Festival’s Wine Barrel Races.
Wine barrel race cars are people-powered where one person drives and the other pushes or pulls the vehicle. Racecars come in all shapes and sizes. Motorcycles, chariots, airplanes, and ambulances have raced previously. The key is to maintain the integrity of the barrel while putting wheels on it. Barrel race cars can be made of any barrel, wine or otherwise, and can be 1/2 barrels but need to retain the round shape of the barrel.
Prizes will be awarded for both “good looks” (show-offs) and speed (serious racers). The fastest barrel racing team will receive a full hook-up campsite with two (2) weekend passes. The flashiest or biggest show off racecar will receive a dry camping site (no hookups) with two weekend passes. Show Offs often win for their exuberance and crowd appeal. Other prizes include reserved seats at the main stage concerts and weekend passes for two. All participants receive a free ticket to the Festival.
Applications for the barrel races are available online at. There is no fee. Races will be held prior to the Sunday game with final heats during the game. The racing will start at 11 a.m.
The Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival returns to Lake Skinner Recreation Area, in the heart of Temecula Valley Wine Country May 31 through June 2, 2019. Located just north of the San Diego County line, the Festival has a successful history of celebrating Southern California Wine Country’s finest assets of clear skies dotted by hot air balloons, mild temperatures, and rolling vineyards. For Festival information visitor call (951) 676-6713.
The Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival offers morning hot air balloon launches, two evening balloon glows (Friday and Saturday) wine tasting from up to 20 wineries, concerts on two different stages, food and wine pairing, and chef demonstrations. Food and wine are additional. General admission includes concerts.
For information visit www.tvbwf.com or call (951) 676-6713.