Immediately after Richwood Winery's staff is done helping Friends volunteers with their annual fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 10, they will have to immediately pivot and get ready for their 10th annual Grape Stomp Festival, which takes place from 1 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1.
For just $10 per person (kids under age 21 are admitted free of charge), guests not only receive a commemorative festival wine glass, but also have an opportunity to sample the winery's finest vintages, and listen to not just one, but two different music acts: Rick Adams, who performs from 1 to 3:30 p.m., and Zack Thomas, who will close out the festival with his 4:30 p.m. set.
In between the live music, two-person teams will be competing in heats of four teams each to claim the title of "Best Stomper" for 2021: Whomever stomps the most juice out of their grapes will take home the prize. The Stomp will take place from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.
Krogsgaard said they plan to use the winery's own grapes for the stomp, which means that once the supply is exhausted, they're done.
"We'll compete in heats of four teams, until we run out of teams, or grapes," she said.
Award winners will be announced after the final stompers' results have been recorded. Immediately after the stomp concludes, festival guests who come dressed to impress will compete for the title of Best Costume, which also comes with a prize.
"We don't usually get a lot of people for that, but we encourage anyone who wants to dress up in costumes," said winery coordinator Deb Krogsgaard.
There are several local vendors who have signed up to sell their specialty wares on the festival grounds, including Lemongrass, Lindi's Hope, Tupperware, Mary's Fares, Rustic Hills Natural Products, Pampered Chef, Northwest Foods and Marie's Beads.
"We are also looking for more vendors at this time," Krogsgaard said, noting that they would continue accepting vendor applications right up until the start of the festival on Saturday. Call 651-283-7930 for more information.
Escobar Taqueria out of Pelican Rapids will be selling tacos, burritos, quesadillas and other Mexican-themed fare out of their food truck, which will be parked on site. "They also have a restaurant in Pelican Rapids," Krogsgaard said.
Of course, there will also be a variety of beverages available for purchase, from the winery's own unique vintages to mixed drinks, beer, sangria, and non-alcoholic drinks like soda and water.
There will even be some free lawn games and hula hoops for kids and adults to enjoy. There is no charge for parking on site. For more information, please visit www.richwoodwinery.com or call 218-844-5990.