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Stomping the Yard; Richwood Winery’s annual Grape Stomp draws 24 teams, crowd of over 600

This year's costume competition at the Richwood Winery Grape Stomp Festival drew a record number of competitors, lead by 'Twisted Frenchman' Jonathan Danielson, right, and 'Stomping Sister-in-law' Sue Kostynick. whose teams tied for first place. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)1 / 4
Detroit Lakes native Terry Mackner was one of the featured entertainers at Richwood Winery's Grape Stomp Festival on Saturday. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)2 / 4
A crowd of more than 600 people surrounded the competing teams in this past Saturday's Grape Stomp at Richwood Winery. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)3 / 4
A total of 24 two-person teams took turns competing in two-minute heats to see who could squeeze the most juice out of a vat full of grapes, using only their feet. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)4 / 4

With about 520 paid attendees, and 100-plus kids running around the grounds, this past weekend's 7th Annual Grape Stomp Festival at Richwood Winery was a resounding success.

"I anticipate there was a crowd of at least 650," said winery coordinator Deb Krogsgaard. "It was a fun event."

A total of 24 two-person teams competed in the grape stomp, held mid-afternoon, with competitors coming from as far away as Wales, Arizona, New York, and even "France" — though the Twisted Frenchmen team of Jonathan Danielson and Maren Stenseth actually hailed from a little closer to home.

The beret-and-feather-boa clad team from Detroit Lakes tied for first place in the costume competition with the Stomping Sisters-in-law, which consisted of Sue Kostynick, also from Detroit Lakes, and her real life sister-in-law, Joy Kostynick-Rencher from Long Island, New York.

The Twisted Frenchmen took third place in the stomping competition itself, while second place went to "The Winers," Julie and MIssy, and first place went to the team calling themselves "Wine A Little," Destiny and Mandy.

Besides the grape stomping, where the top three teams were determined by the volume of grape juice stomped, and costume contest, where the winners were determined via crowd applause, the afternoon's entertainment also included live music from Gordy Christensen and Terry Mackner. The latter proudly proclaimed himself "a Detroit Lakes native," though he now makes his home in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Though the Grape Stomp is Richwood Winery's biggest event of the season, the tasting room will still be open on weekends through the end of October, with live music on Saturday, Sept. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 27 at 4 p.m., featuring Jim Burt and GC & the Kruse, respectively. There will also be Yoga in the Vineyard at 10 a.m. on Sept. 15 and 29. For more information, please visit or call 218-844-5990.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 18-plus years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Detroit Lakes School Board. 

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