3/26/2014 6:00:00 AM Camp Verde wine, canoes, archaeology come together this weekend
Special to the Courier
CAMP VERDE, Arizona - Four events are coming together for Camp Verde's first Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival Friday through Sunday.
The festival includes the Camp Verde Pecan & Wine Festival, Verde Valley Archaeology Fair and Verde River Runoff canoe and kayak race, as well as a host of activities surrounding the Arizona State Parks Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month celebration. Admission to all events is free. Charges apply for wine tasting and race participants.
The Pecan & Wine Festival, which has been around since 2001, has been moved from February to the end of March. It runs 10-6 Saturday and 10-5 Sunday at 395 S. Main St. It features the choicest product of the vintner's art from 12 of the Verde Valley's premier wineries. A $12 charge for wine tasting includes five sample tickets along with a commemorative wine glass.
The Verde Valley Archaeology Fair and American Indian Art Show features two days of archaeological adventures from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 395 S. Main St. Uncover the past with dozens of dances, live demonstrations, films, lectures and exhibits. The International Archaeology Film Festival precedes the archaeology fair at 7 p.m. Friday. For details on these Archaeology Month events, go online to verdevalleyarchaeology.org.
The Verde River Runoff is a 10-mile canoe/kayak race and fun run from White Bridge to Beasley Flat. It originally began as the Canoe Challenge in 2000. Racers launch from the White Bridge River Access site at 10 a.m. Saturday.
In addition to the major events, the Camp Verde Historical Society will open the historic 1933 Camp Verde Jail, the 1917 George Hance House and the CVHS Museum. There will be no admission fee at Fort Verde State Park on Saturday and Sunday.
For a calendar of weekend events, go online to visitcampverde.com.