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City voters overwhelmingly reelected incumbent Place 3 Sulphur Springs City Councilman Oscar Aguilar Saturday with more than 78.8 percent of the total votes cast in the election. Charles Oxford had challenged Aguilar for the council seat. Oxford received 21.1 percent of the votes. The unofficial vote totals gave Aguilar 190 votes to Oxford’s 51. The vote totals from Saturday's municipal election will be unofficial until canvassed by the city council. Oxford served one term on the city council, 2008 to 2011, and has been unsuccessful in subsequent attempts to regain a seat on the council. In 2011, Oxford was defeated 269 to 128 in his race for a second term on the council by John Sellers. The following year, 2012, in an effort to unseat Clay Walker, Oxford lost that race 221 to 85. In 2013, he lost to incumbent Freddie Taylor 128 to 64 and, last year lost in a incumbent John Sellers 202 to 24. A third candidate in that race, Andrew Lowen, received 10 votes.
The fine art of tasting wine and handcrafted beer is coming to Sulphur Springs in two weeks with “Reds, Whites and Brews.” Dedicated to those with a sophisticated palate, this festival is for those with adventurous tastes, a thirst for knowledge and a hunger for live music.
“We started discussing having a wine and beer festival more than a year ago with the Chamber of Commerce. We wanted a patriotic-themed festival for Memorial Day weekend on the square,” said Community Development Specialist Gus Gustafson. “This whole idea started after the laws for beer in Texas started to loosen up. We brought in the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and found a way to make this festival work.”
A dozen local wineries — including Crump Valley, Landon’s, One Barrel, Los Pinos Ranch, Homestead and Red Road — will all be displaying their best selections for the event. Although the festival officially begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, there will be a special tour beginning at noon for those wanting to know more about East Texas spirits.
“We will have a professional team of sommeliers coming to host a special workshop before the festival. They will be teaching a little more about wine, answering questions and describing what to look for when at a tasting,” said Gustafson.
There will also be 12 local beer brewers coming to display their hand-crafted beers at three local restaurants.
“We will have a walking tour from Muddy Jake’s, Lou Viney’s, then on to Bayou Jacks. Each location will have different representatives from 12 Texas brewing companies. They will be educating people on all their beverages,” said Gustafson.
“Reds, Whites and Brews” will also be set up differently than other festivals. Gone are the days of purchasing tickets; each winery or brewer will be responsible for their own tasting rules and beverage sales.
In order to set the mood, several jazz bands will be performing live on the square, and the Southwest Dairy Museum has donated a large variety of palate cleansing cheeses.
“There will also be awards given out during the festival. We will have gold, silver and bronze medals for different wine and beer categories,” said Gustafson. “We want people to check out our official selections and see the best East Texas has to offer.”
“Reds, Whites and Brews” is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 23 on the Sulphur Springs downtown square. Although the festival officially ends at 4 p.m., live music will be playing the rest of the evening and Celebration Market vendors will also set up prior to the festival, and continue throughout the evening.