Community Counseling Center Foundation Craft Beer Festival returns after two-year hiatus

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The good times were flowing at the 9th Annual Community Counseling Center Foundation Craft Beer Festival on Saturday. 

Vendors from all around the region were on hand to give people a taste of what they have to offer. 

One of those vendors, Kennith Evans, said he enjoys the interactions at festivals like this one. 

“A lot of people have been to many of these breweries, and they tell you the stories about the nights and the days around the breweries, so you get a lot of different fun and interesting stories,” he said.

In addition to the fun stories and good times, the proceeds from the festival go to the Community Counseling Center Foundation. The funds raised will assist with everything at the center, from helping patients to improving facilities. 

The foundation’s executive director Michelle Ramsey organized the festival, which returned for the first time since 2019. 

“Just the support of the community, of this turnout, whether they’re doing it for the reason I want to believe or if it’s just because they like craft beer, still they’re supporting our event and supporting our efforts, and that’s what we need,” she said.

Ramsey also said this festival helps celebrate Fall and the different brews that come with it. 

“I think this transitions well for Fall,” she said. “I think it also gives the breweries and the distributors an opportunity, most of the time, Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers and stuff like that are popular in the Fall, so it’s a great time for people to try those new things.” 

Volunteer Tyson Wunderlich said he has a personal connection to the Community Counseling Center. 

“Come to find out, many of my friends, colleagues, former students work for the Community Counseling Center, and I’m totally behind helping the community in any way I can,” he said.

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