Hundreds of visitors from throughout Grays Harbor and Western Washington converged on Satsop Business Park on Saturday for the seventh annual Elma Wine & Seafood Festival.
The event, held over two floors of one of the park’s sprawling buildings, featured 22 wineries from around the state, along with eight food booths and numerous merchandise boots for visitors to peruse.
Upstairs featured a beer garden and performances by live bands covering the genres of country, blues and classic rock. Among them was the Olson Brothers Band, fronted by Summit lake brothers Isaac and Luke, who had just returned the day before from a tour of the Nashville music scene. They were there being honored as winners of the Texaco Country Showdown with their song, “Sunrise,” which garnered them the trip and a $5,000 cash prize. They are sons of Montesano attorneys Steve Olson and Kris Zabriskie.
“We’re probably going back to work with some big-time songwriters,” said Luke, 22, who said the brothers met with such country luminaries as Bob Dipiero, who has written 15 No. 1 hits and countless top-20 hits for the likes of Tim McGraw, The Oak Ridge Boys, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Highway 101, Montgomery Gentry, Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, Pam Tillis, Martina McBride, Trace Adkins, Travis Tritt, Etta James, Delbert McClinton, Van Zant, Tanya Tucker and Patty Loveless.
“It was good fun,” said Isaac, 20. “We got to spend a whole day touring Music Row.”
But the stars of the show were hundreds of wines, all from Washington wineries, and it was festival newcomer Mill Lane Winery of Tenino that was awarded the annual Best of Show award, chosen by festival-goers.