The Lockhart Downtown Business Association is inviting locals and tourists to “sip and stroll” around the city’s courthouse this weekend. The annual mini-festival offers live music at various businesses on the square and wine tasting.
“It’s really an opportunity for people to go inside the shops that they just walked past before on their way to different barbecue places and really experience what the new hip vibe is down here,” said Sip & Stroll Lead Coordinator Taylor Burg.
The city’s claim-to-fame is its historic barbecue joins found around the town. “We are the barbeque capital of Texas,” said Burg. Local business owners love that about their hometown but want tourists to know there is much more in Lockhart than just barbecue.
“We have a lot to offer here and we want to showcase what we have to offer to everyone who hasn’t seen it yet,” said Downtown Business Association President Bobby Herzog.
Sip & Stroll tickets are $30 each, a ticket holder will receive a special souvenir glass which will allow you to taste up to 10 featured wines and local craft beers. Tastings will be held from 1-7pm throughout dozens of participating businesses. Organizers say local bands will also be performing at various venues.
The event pulls people into the downtown area so they can see a better picture of what Lockhart is becoming. “We’ve got a huge music association; we have artists that are moving in all the time,” said one resident.
“The foot traffic that they generate is above and beyond what twe would normally experience on the square,” said Owner of Spellerberg Projects Marty Spellerberg. Spellerberg has been part of the last three Sip & Stroll events and says they get better each year. This year his art gallery will be showcasing the artwork of Lockhart high school, middle school and elementary students.
The money raised from the event will go towards more promotion and beautification of the downtown area. Herzog hopes some of the money can go towards crosswalks or murals on some of the downtown buildings.
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