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Wineries Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by "Chasing Out the Snakes"

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ZILLAH, Wash.-- Wineries in the Rattlesnake Hills are celebrating Saint Patrick's Day with their annual "Chasing out the Snakes" weekend.

They say events like these are not only fun for customers, but are also crucial to growing their business.

The name "chasing out the snakes" refers to the story of Saint Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland. They're offering all sorts of specials and games for tourists, including a rubber snake tossing game.

While many local people turn out to these events, the wineries also see plenty of people from the west side of the state.

Paradisos Del Sol in Zillah says thanks to events like these, they make plenty of deliveries to the Seattle area.

"I'm having a lot of people who know about me from Seattle, even though I'm not in wine shops over there. Just because they've been here, they've visited, they've told their friends," said Paradisos Del Sol Owner Barbara Sherman.

Wineries say turnout from the west side of the state is usually linked with how good the weather is there.

However, wineries also say positive word of mouth means the amount of people coming in from outside our area grows every year.

The Rattlesnake Hills wineries have a full list of all the "chasing out the snakes" events on their website, here.