The Grape Stomp is back! Because of the shorter format of this year’s Harvest Fair, there will be just one qualifying stomp, at 12:30 p.m. on October 15. This stomp is open to all ages, and we recommend that interested stompers sign up early on this page below and click “ENTER YOUR TEAM” and follow the link to the payment platform and pay the 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 12 p.m., on Oct. 15.
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 Stomp will move on to the World Championship Finals at 3 p.m. Seven Qualifying Stomps were held at the Sonoma County Fair in August, and those winners will also compete in the Finals. Rounding out the competition are our defending champs from 2019, Angela Carvalho and DeeDee Lombardi. We are eager to see if our Defending Champs still have what it takes to win it all. 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 2022 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.