Grape stomp to benefit local charity

Twin Oaks Vineyard and Winery will hold its 11th Annual Grape Stomp Charity fundraiser for Walker Johns Childhood Cancer Foundation and Hurricane Harvey relief from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.  Last year, the benefit raised more than $4,100 for BackStoppers. During last year's stomp, Farmington Police Chief Rick Baker led the Farmington Police Department in the wine stomping competition.

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The Twin Oaks Vineyard and Winery is holding its 11th Annual Twin Oaks Charity Grape Stomp on Saturday with the proceeds this year being split between the Walker Johns Childhood Cancer Foundation and Hurricane Harvey relief.

“This is our biggest fundraiser event of the year, and people really have a lot of fun,” said Darcy Fangman with the winery, “We still have space available for teams to register for the grape stomp.”

The registration fee for teams of three is $60 with all entry fees going directly to the Walker Johns Childhood Cancer Foundation and to Hurricane Harvey relief. The fee is tax-deductible.

In addition to the stomp, the popular “Lucy-Look-Alike” contest will have several participants trying their best to look like Lucille Ball from the iconic grape stomp scene in an episode of “I Love Lucy.”

“I just love our Lucy-Look-Alike contest,” Fangman said. “This is one young lady who has won it a couple of times, Josie Barton. She is very meticulous about her costume.”

Doors open at 11 a.m. with the stomp competition beginning at noon, rain or shine. There will be first, second and third place prizes for the most juice squeezed from the grapes, as well as cash and other prizes and awards for the best costume and look-alike contest.

The grape stomping competition runs in heats with each member of the team getting a chance to stomp grapes. Team members rotate from acting as cheerleader, to juice collector, to grape stomper.

If there is a tie, there will be a “stomp off” at the end of the last round. The winning team is determined by the weight of the juice stomped out of the grapes.

The day will also feature DJ Jon with Party Pro Disc Jockeys during the event and live entertainment from Stingray begins at 3 p.m. An open bar will be available featuring a variety of wines and beer.

For more information, or to register a three-person team, call the winery at 756-6500 or entry forms are available on the Twin Oaks website at twinoaksvineyard.com.

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