9th Annual Grape Stomp

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9th Annual Grape Stomp

The popular Grape Stomp Competition is a must-see event, generously sponsored by Orchard Valley Farms and the Black Bridge Winery. This fund raising event benefits two local nonprofits: Solar Energy International’s K-12 Solar in Schools program and the Paonia Public Library Foundation. Both Organizations are also sponsors of Mountain Harvest Creative. SEI’s K-12 outreach program is devoted to teaching the growing importance of energy – both how it is used and where it is sourced. The Library foundation is committed to raising, investing, and disbursing funds for the expansion of the Paonia Public Library.

This annual competition highlights the North Fork Valley’s vibrant wine culture through a hands-on (or shall we say feet-on) event! How does it work? Local businesses, families, non-profit groups, kids of all ages, church groups and eccentric friends form teams of 3-4 people to compete for the Grand Prize of “Most Juice Collected” by stomping twenty pounds of grapes in wine barrels. Teams are encouraged to dress in costumes and compete for other prestigious awards. The theme for this year is “Puns.” Your group is encouraged to dress up as your favorite pun joke to win the “Best Costume Award.” So what did the grape say when it was crushed? Nothing, it just let out a little wine!

Perhaps your team would like to go old school and compete for the “Best Lucy Look-A-Like.” (You know, the famous grape stomping scene.) Or maybe you’re angle is the Audience Choice Award! The audience is encouraged to bribe the judges by donating money in the name of their favorite team. The team with the most bribe votes wins. There are also special prizes for our kids teams, including most juice collected and best costume.

Team registrations are open until September 21. We are also seeking sponsors for teams. Registration forms for teams and sponsors, as well as Rules for the Grape Stomp, are available at the Paonia Library, SEI, and www.mountainharvestfestival.org. Registration is $75 for a team, and all registration fees are tax deductible. For further information, contact Marla at 970.527.7657 or marla@solarenergy.org.