The Grape Stomp is back! There will be four qualifying stomps, at 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, and 2:00 p.m. on October 14. The 1:00 stomp is reserved for stomp teams ages 13 & under. Both members of the team must meet the age requirement. All other stomps are open to all ages. Entry fee of $40 per team.
If there is still room, teams can sign up at the event by going to the Check-In Booth next to the Grape Stomp Stage, no later than 20 minutes prior to stomp time on Oct. 14.
Each team consists of two people: one stomper and one swabbie. The stomper stands in the barrel and flattens the grapes. The swabby stands below the barrel and catches the juice. All ages are welcome, but stompers (and swabbies!) must be old enough to take part on their own. The Harvest Fair Grape Stomp has a long history of welcoming even the youngest grape stompers. Our stage crew is always ready to provide support on stage. Family and friends are encouraged to come to the Stomp to provide support. Admission to the fairgrounds is free.
Before the official stomping begins, teams can compete in the Costume Competition. Costume winners receive bottles of Sonoma County wine. Underage winners get non-alcoholic sparkling grape juice. All teams are encouraged to get creative with their costumes. Over the years, stomp teams have appeared costumed as just about everything, including Lucy & Ethel, bunches of grapes, superheroes and even a full wedding party. Other classic choices like togas, matching t-shirts adorned with grape leaves and even trash bags with holes for arms and legs can’t compete with the ultimate grape stomp uniform, previous years’ stomp shirts! Each member of every stomp team receives a commemorative t-shirt after they stomp.
Winners from the Harvest Fair Qualifying Stomps will move on to the World Championship Finals at 3:30 p.m. We are eager to see if our Defending Champs from 2022 still have what it takes to win it all once more.
This years World Champs will each receive a trophy and the team will share $1,500 in prize money. Best of all, winners will have the bragging rights that come from being the 2023 World Champion Grape Stomp team!
Each finalist will receive a basket of Sonoma County treats, including wine, pumpkins, apples, french bread and more.
Questions? Email specialevents@SonomaCountyFair.com.