Mexico Beach Hosts 18th Annual Art & Wine Festival

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. - On Saturday people in Mexico Beach gathered at the Driftwood Inn for their annual Art & Wine Festival. 

The festival has become an 18 year tradition for the Mexico Beach community. 

"I've been here 17 of them I guess I missed the first one!" said special events committee member Jack Mullen. 

Mullen helps plan events for the city.

"We have a large selection of wine so you can taste those and we'll have a formal wine tasting this year so you can taste something we don't normally carry," said Mullen. 

The idea came from the owners of the Driftwood Inn, the home of the event.

"We just thought it would be fun to do art because we are really involved in art. My husband and I both went to art school and we just wanted to promote art everywhere we could in the area," said Driftwood Inn owner Peggy Wood.  

Peggy and her family opened the Driftwood Inn in 1975. The Inn and the festival have grown ever since.

"We lived in Atlanta and I wanted my kids to grow up in a small town and boy did we find one!" said Tom Wood. 

Her husband Tom is one of the many artists who sold their work. 

"I retired about 17 years ago and now this is my hobby, don't sell a lot but I have fun doing it," said Tom. 

In addition to art and wine, the El Governor hotel pitched in and provided food.

"We work together, that's what a small town does!" said Peggy.

All the proceeds from the event will fund Mexico Beach's annual fireworks show on July 4th. 

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