Perry downtown merchants invite the public to make their toasts to kick off summer at a specialty wine tasting.

The Perry Downtown Merchants Association is sponsoring its fifth annual wine tasting event on Friday, Jun. 2, from 6-9 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased in advance for $15 on or at the event for $20.

Look for the ticket booth on the 900 block Carroll Street to check in and to receive wristbands and a list of participating merchants.  Identification of participants will be checked to ensure they are at least 21 years of age.

More than 25 merchants are participating this year, twice the number who participated last year.  A variety of wines and refreshing nonalcoholic, homemade drinks will be served.

Event organizers say the event is also an opportunity to meet new business owners, to enjoy shopping and to meet new friends.

To ensure the safety of the pedestrians, the following streets will close after 5 p.m. on the day of the event: Jernigan Street from Main Street to Carroll, and Carroll Street from the 700 through 900 blocks.

Event proceeds will assist the association with sponsoring future events and community service projects.

For more information about the event, contact Jodi Daley at (478)225-7626.