STATEHOUSE — State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) received the 2014 Legislator of the Year Award from the Indy Wine Trail for his support of Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 339. Senator Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) was a co-recipient. The award was presented at Indiana Pork’s annual Taste of Elegance Reception.
“Senator Merritt and Representative Cherry worked tirelessly to secure the passage of legislation that allows Indiana’s farm wineries to sample and sell our products at the Indiana State Fair,” said Indy Wine Trail President Meredith Easley. “Indiana’s farm wineries are an integral part of the state’s agricultural community and we sincerely applaud and appreciate the efforts of these two legislators that enable wineries to join the state’s other agricultural interests as full participants in the state’s premier agricultural showcase.”
SEA 339, passed in 2014, allows the sale of alcoholic beverages at the Indiana State Fair in certain areas where minors are not allowed. The goal of the law is to enable Indiana brewers and farmers to showcase their products to a group of Hoosiers they would otherwise be unable to reach. Over 48,000 people visited the Indiana Beer and Wine Exhibition at the State Fair last year.
“I am honored to receive the Indy Wine Trail’s Legislator of the Year Award,” said Rep. Cherry. “The Indiana State Fair is a great opportunity to showcase Indiana products, agriculture and small businesses that make our state unique.”
The Indy Wine Trail is a group of seven Central Indiana wineries that aim to encourage awareness and increase appreciation of their high-quality products.
Rep. Cherry represents portions of Hancock and Madison counties. He serves as Vice Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. He also serves on the Local Government Committee, Rules and Legislative Procedures Committee, Statutory Committee on Interstate and International Cooperation and Committee on Joint Rules.