Second annual Strawberry Fest supports Honor Flight
FULTON - The second annual Strawberry Festival raised money for the Central Missouri Honor Flight Saturday evening at Serenity Valley Winery.
The festival has more than 30 vendors, live music, food trucks, wine tasting and much more.
"I think the Central Missouri Honor Flight is such an important part of our community to honor our vets," said Regina Ruppert, a co-owner of Serenity Valley Winery.
For Ruppert there is a reason she hosts and puts so much work into this event.
"My dad always wanted to go and he never got to go and this is something I think every veteran should get to do," she said.
Ruppert's father is a veteran and always wanted to go to Washington D.C. on an Honor Flight.
"Finally we were able to get him scheduled last year and he wound up with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and couldn't go," Ruppert said.
Ruppert's father is 90 and she says his time to go on an Honor Flight has passed but that does not mean she's going to stop helping.
"The more money we can earn for the Central Missouri Honor Flight the better off and the more vets that won't have to wait or possibly miss their opportunity," she said.
Last year, the event attracted 700 people and raised $2,500, this year they are trying to beat those totals.
Money is raised from the vendor fees and the $5 it costs to get into the festival.
It costs about $300 to send one veteran on an Honor Flight and Ruppert wants to send as many veterans as possible.