Rain does not deter Yorkers for Brews and Skews

Christopher Dornblaser

The off and on rain did not stop Yorkers from heading out to PeoplesBank Park Saturday afternoon for a little bit of beer, food and family fun.

Entertainer Jeff Fahringer of Tobyhanna, Pa., visits Joe Bury's Famous Hamburgers Saturday at the Brews & Skews event at PeoplesBank Park. Bil Bowden photo

The field that's normally home to the York Revolution held food trucks and beer tents, allowing Yorkers to picnic out on the field for Brews and Skews presented by York Traditions Bank.

Brews and skews: For $15, customers could get a wristband allowing them six small beer samples or one allowing them two larger samples. Fifteen craft breweries and 10 food vendors were available for those coming into the ballpark.

Last year customers ate and drank outside the park, but this year customers could come out and walk on the baseball field while they ate.

Jeff Culton, of Springettsbury Township, was enjoying the day, despite the potential for rain. He had just found out about the event earlier in the day. After about an hour into his visit, he still had two more beers to try.

"It's a very nice event, I would encourage people to come out," he said.

Organizers estimated more than 1,000 people came out for the event.

Craig Griffin, of York City, and Carmella Martonick, a former Yorker who currently lives in Philadelphia, were there enjoying the live music, beer and food.

Griffin, not deterred by the potential for rain, held an umbrella in case of a downpour. He was trying out some of the local beers from breweries such as the Liquid Hero.

York Revolution mascot Downtown gets a carousel ride with 10-year old Griffin Kissner of West York Saturday at the Brews & Skews event at PeoplesBank Park. Bil Bowden photo

"I like the fact that we have a brewery," he said.

Griffin said the stadium was a good place for events such as Brews and Skews.

"I think it's a really great place; it's just underutilized," he said.

Both Griffin and Martonick agreed that the day was a good way to show people that York City has a lot to offer.

"It's like a little gem no one really thinks about," Martonick said.

Griffin said there is a negative perception in the city that people will get hurt if they visit, but he said that perception is not true.

"Don't knock it until you try it," he said.

Emma Frysinger, 5, run into the hands of York Revolution mascot Downtown Saturday at the Brews & Skews event at PeoplesBank Park. Bil Bowden photo

Family fun: In addition to the brews and the food, families were invited to bring their children out for some fun. In the inside portion of the stadium there were photo booths, face painting and balloon animals.

Andrew and Katie Paxton, of York Township, were there with their children Miles, 4 and Ellis, 1. Miles had gotten a temporary Spider-Man tattoo on his arm in the family fun section.

Andrew Paxton said they had come the previous year and were there for the family aspect of it.

"This is great for the kids," Katie said.

Turnout: Adam Nugent, director of special events for Eventive, said the turnout was good despite the rain.

"Everybody's having a lot of fun," he said.

He said when they came in at 6 a.m. to set up the day, it was pouring rain. By the time the event kicked off, at 11 a.m., the weather had died down a little bit.

Weather: According to AccuWeather, rain will continue until about midnight Saturday. AccuWeather reports as of 8:30 p.m. Saturday, there has been .85 inches of rain in the county in the past 24 hours.

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