5 Reasons Why You Should Attend 417 Whiskey Festival

The 4C Sertoma 417 Whiskey Festival returns for 2024! Taste hundreds of whiskeys and enjoy delicious food, all while supporting the community. Don’t miss out—get your tickets now.

Jordan Blomquist

Jan 18 2024 at 10 a.m.

Enjoy good times at 417 Whiskey Fest.
Photo by Leah StiefermannGuests can enjoy over 250 spirits available for sampling with one-of-a-kind bottles you won’t find anywhere else. Purchase Photo
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1. It’s a Legacy Event 

Marking its milestone 10th year—the second under 4C Sertoma’s direction—the 417 Whiskey Festival has transformed into one of the premier charitable events in the community. “Where else can you go and taste hundreds of whiskeys from all over the world and, at the same time, be supporting charity?” says Mark Hartsock, event chairman. Last year’s event featured over 250 spirits available for sampling, with special bottles from 1219 Spirits, Restless Spirits, RY3 Whiskey, Four Roses and many more. This year, there will be experts on-site to educate patrons on the various whiskey selections across the two levels of tasting rooms. Each guest will also receive a collector whiskey Glencairn glass to take a piece of the festival home with them.

2. The Event Will Support the Community

4C Sertoma is working to provide a legacy of nature for children. All profits from the 417 Whiskey Festival will help fund the new nature program. 4C Sertoma aims to have a physical location in Christian County acquired for the new nature education center by the end of 2024. Much like the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, the plan is for the new center to be open to the public and be home to several education programs geared toward children. Beyond the nature center, the initiative includes scholarships, learning opportunities and more outdoor activities for children in the community. 417 Whiskey Festival is the ultimate celebration to bring like-minded people together and contribute to a meaningful cause.  

Charcuterie is one of the many dishes available at Whiskey Fest.
Photo by Leah StiefermannDon’t miss out on the culinary treats skillfully prepared by the chefs at Finley Farms. Purchase Photo

3. Enjoy Culinary Treats 

This year’s Whiskey Festival will showcase delicious creations from the executive chefs and staff at Finley Farms. You might recognize favorites from The Garrison, The Mill and the custom catering menu. All the chefs are working together to create masterful hors d'oeuvres, appetizers and finger foods. 

4. There Will be VIP Opportunities

The VIP package comes with two complimentary drink tickets for cocktails, catering to those who prefer alternatives to whiskey. VIP ticket holders can partake in a special small batch session, allowing them to sample a rare barrel that has yet to be released to the public—this exclusive experience is also offered as a $25 add-on to fashionably late ticket holders. A tour of the historic Ozark Mill and an allocation pour of a yet-to-be-announced, special bottle of whiskey are also included with VIP tickets, previously available only as an optional add-on.

Finley Farms is hosting Whiskey Fest for 2024.
Photo by Leah StiefermannThe classic Ozark Mill at Finley Farms will once again host 417 Whiskey Festival. Purchase Photo

5. You Can Add a Dinner Reservation to Your Ticket

Finley Farms, with its rustic charm and rich history, will once again serve as the host venue for the 417 Whiskey Festival. This year, the entire building will be in use for the event—an honor not taken lightly by the 4C Sertoma team. Patrons can enjoy views of the Finley River from the Ozark Mill and embark on tours of the recently restored venue. They can also turn a special occasion into a memorable night out by purchasing a table for their group of four or more to enjoy a specialty four-course meal. There’s nothing quite like incredible food, a lively atmosphere and supporting a deserving charity. 

4C Sertoma 417 Whiskey Festival


Get tickets to 4C Sertoma's 10th Annual 417 Whiskey Festival held at Finley Farms on March 2, 2024!