7th Annual Whiskey Run Festival

The Whiskey Run Festival, which follows the Wilmington Whiteface Whiskey Run 5K & 10K races, will be held for the 7th year on Saturday, June 15 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Preston Festival Field. The Festival features a craft Show, food trucks, music and entertainment, Battle of Plattsburgh re-enactors in period clothing with tents and demos, a Wilmington history display, raffles, and more! All are encouraged to attend this fun community event, it isn't just for racers! 

But why a Whiskey Festival you ask?

As it turns out, the area has quite a storied history with liquor, legal and otherwise. During the War of 1812, Wilmington supplied good rye whiskey to the American troops at the Battle of Plattsburgh as part of their daily ration. During prohibition, with its proximity to Canada, Wilmington residents provided a temporary haven for bootleggers crossing the border, and until recently, Wilmington was home to US Barrel, a whiskey barrel cooperage. So with a somewhat checkered history and natural beauty, the Wilmington Historical Society invites you to join them for the annual Wilmington Whiteface Whiskey Run and Festival!


  • 9:30am — 10K & 5K races begin at Preston Festival Field
  • 11am — Whiskey Festival begins at Preston Festival Field
  • 11:45am — Whiskey Run awards ceremony and in-person runner’s raffle drawing
  • 3:30pm — Festival raffle drawings

Additional details

Parking is available at the Town Offices Parking Lot across from Festival Field, at the “village garage” lot across the street from Festival Field, and on-street parking on the west side of Springfield Road (NOT in the running lanes on Springfield Road). 

What is the purpose of the fundraiser? This is the Wilmington Historical Society's major fundraiser for thier proposed new Ruth & Thomas Keegan Memorial History Center building. Funds raised by the race will support the construction of a building with a reference library, an archives room, and a display/lecture/community space to promote the Whiteface Region's history. The Wilmington Historical Society is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.

Want to run a whiskey race?

Learn more about the Wilmington Whiteface Whiskey Run and register to race! This is a fun and scenic run with 5K and 10K distances and the option to run the race virtually!

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Venue: Preston Festival Field

Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Phone: 518.524.1023

Email: whs12997@hotmail.com

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Saturday, June 15

11:00 am - 4:00 pm


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