RiverSong Music Festival co-founder Betsy Price is interviewed as she describes how RiverSong was conceived and created more than 8 years ago as a way to build community, celebrate Hutchinson’s natural assets and bring economic development to the community. The Festival is held in July every year and attracts musicians and concert goers from all over the country.
Nationally renowned musician Konrad Wert loves the RiverSong Festival because the people who organize it are “peaceful, welcoming, kind, and friendly and not pretentious.” Wert is featured in the episode along with performers Janis Ian and Prince Jabba.
According to Price, it requires about 45 people working together year round to organize the festival and 100 more volunteers are needed during the course of the two day event. “Music touches us so differently and so deeply,” said Price. ‘It's something that can draw all kinds of different people together.”
Since its establishment in 2004, the Crow River Winery has grown to become one of Minnesota’s premiere farm wineries. Proprietor Mike McBrady is interviewed as he describes how the family-owned operation evolved into a destination visited by more than 20,000 people a year. For McBrady, growing wine is a natural outgrowth of the culture of local agriculture that he and his wife Val have been steeped in since childhood. “Being in Hutchinson is the greatest joy in my life, “McBrady said. “We think when the winery is doing it right, this winery belongs to Hutchinson, not to us.”
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