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The Shiawassee River Water Trail Coalition is hosting a contest to name the official beer and wine for the river.

David Lossing, chair of the coalition, said this contest is a fundraiser for the coalition. It’s also meant to raise awareness about the effort to name the Shiawassee River a National Water Trail.

Fenton Winery and Brewery (FWB) will produce the beer and wine. Owners of FWB, Matt and Ginny Sherow, agreed to donate 10 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the beer and wine to the coalition.

To enter your submissions, post the name on the Friends of the Shiawassee River Facebook page, or create your own post and add the hashtag #ShiawasseeBeer or #ShiawasseeWine. The group encourages people to be creative and add a photo.

“We are keeping a list of names and we will only put forward those names that are not offensive in nature,” he said.

Four finalists will be selected on April 26 at the Shiawassee River Water Trail Coalition meeting. The winner will be announced May 30. The official beer and wine will be released at the RiverFest on June 24.

“The winner of the craft beer will receive a growler while the winner of the wine will receive a bottle of wine,” Lossing said.

The coalition, made up of 19 organizations from Holly to Chesaning, applied April 2017 to have the Shiawassee River named a National Water Trail by the U.S. National Park Service. The application is currently in the interagency federal review, and the next potential step is official approval by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Lossing said they are also planning a fundraiser for Sunday, Aug. 19 called “Paddle, Pizza, and Pints,” where participants will paddle from Holly’s Waterworks Park to Strom Park in the city of Fenton. Afterward, everyone may visit Fenton Winery and Brewery for the fundraiser.

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