This September will mark 22 years that Pat Bussard has been working the gates at the annual Maryland Wine Festival.
He has met two governors; seen three fights and been through unbearable heat and rain. He has watched the festival grow from just eight wineries attending to more than 30 at this year's event, scheduled for Sept. 20 and 21 at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster.
Through it all, he has checked bags, purses, coolers and all other items people bring into the two-day festival, chatting all the while.
"I talk to people," Bussard admitted. "It's a lot of fun."
He asked Gov. Robert Ehrlich's photographer to take a photo of him with Maryland's first Republican governor since the 1960s. The following year, he had Ehrlich sign the framed photo.