The Tehachapi Mountain Beer and Wine Fest had its biggest year yet, as Saturday's event was bursting at the seams at Benz Visco Sports Park. Now in its fourth year, the popular attraction drew large crowds from locals and tourists alike.
"We are definitely higher than last year, but I have no idea what our numbers are today," said David Brust, founder.
Brust said he started working on preparing for the annual event last January with the help of his wife, Lillian, as well as numerous volunteers.
The festival featured more than 140 crafted wines and beer, cuisine from some of Tehachapi's most popular restaurants, live music from two bands, the Tracy People's Project and Mento Buru, and lawn games.
Brust said that all proceeds go to 14 charities, including Make-A-Wish Foundation, Tehachapi Rotary, Tehachapi Boy Scouts and others.
"Getting everybody on board to make this happen is kinda like moving a cruise ship," Brust said. "You gotta get the engines running early to build up that momentum, and then it crescendos on a beautiful day like today."
As for ticket sales, Brust says he couldn't be happier.
"This is the most spectacular day in Tehachapi that we could possibly have," he said.