LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — With a new Bills season right around the corner, the Niagara Wine Trail Teams are partnering with the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation to host its first-ever preseason kickoff weekend.

The event will be held at three local wineries on August 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again on August 21 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Many Bills alumni will be making appearances. From 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on August 20, former punter Paul Maguire as well as Ed Rotkowski will appear at A Gust of Sun Winery at 4515 Baer Road in Ransomville. On Sunday, cornerback Booker Edgerson and wide receiver Lou Piccone will be at Becker Farms/Vizcarra Vineyards at 3724 Quaker Road in Gasport from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., then offensive lineman Ken Jones and defensive back Jeff Nixon will be at Schulze Vineyards & WInery at 2090 Coomer Road in Burt from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will feature free gifts as well as tastes of wine. It also features football-related activities, merchandise and food trucks.

Participating wineries include:

  • A Gust of Sun Winery and Vineyard
  • Honeymoon Trail Winery
  • Leonard Oakes Estate Winery
  • Long Cliff Vineyards
  • Mayer’s Lake Ontario
  • Schulze Vineyards & Winery
  • Vizcarra Vineyards
  • The Winery at Marjim Manor

Presale tickets are $45. For more information, click here.

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