COAL TOWNSHIP - With new wineries popping up all over the region, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School is seizing the trend of wine and beer festivals to help fund education.

The Our Lady of Lourdes Wine Festival, planned for noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 13, will bring area wineries to the high school football field for a day of music, food, games and, of course, wine tasting.

Committee member Peter Long said he hopes the festival will raise $4,000 to $5,000 for the school.

"Ticket sales have been strong," he said. He estimated around 250 tickets have been sold so far.

Benigna's Creek Vineyard and Winery, of Klingerstown; Red Shale Ridge Vineyards, of Hegins; Shade Mountain Winery, of Middleburg; Armstrong Valley Vineyard and Winery; of Halifax, and Juniata Valley Winery, of Mifflin, are slated to have booths at the event, and additional wineries may be vendors also, said Long.

Marla and The Juniper Street Band and Fobias will perform throughout the day.

Brewser's SportsGrille, Coal Township, and Art Catino of Catino Vino, Mount Carmel, are co-sponsoring the event. Tickets can be purchased at either business or at the school.

Brewser's is also giving away a wine basket with two tickets to the festival in a free-to-enter raffle at its restaurant.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door with no limit on the number sold. Non-drinkers can enter for $10. All attendees must be over 21. Attendees will receive free wine tastings and also have the opportunities to purchase bottles of their favorites.