There’s still time to grab your partner and enter the exciting Grape Stomp scheduled at the Harvest Fair. Round 1 begins at noon Saturday, Sept. 24 at Jackson County Expo. The final event takes place on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
Each team consists of a stomper and a helper. Stompers keep the grapes in an upright position. They must stomp barefoot and cannot use their hands. Helpers job is to keep the screen clean and direct the juice into the gallon jugs that will be provided.
Preliminary rounds will have teams crushing about 30 pounds until one jug is filled or until the amount of juice after three minutes of stomping is determined. Final rounds will find teams crushing about 60 pounds for give minutes with two jugs to be filled. If the two jugs are not filled, the winner will be determined by volume.
Winner will receive two reserved seats to the concert of their choice at the 2012 summer fair.
The grape stomp is sponsored by Del Rio Vineyards. Entries are available at www.jcfairgrounds.com under Harvest Fair on the left side of the page you will see Grape Stomp.
Harvest Fair gets underway Friday, Sept 23 at 5 p.m. Events that evening include ballroom dance competition, stock dog, horse and cow competition, and live music at 6 and 7 p.m.
Saturday runs from 10 to 10 and includes everything from pumpkin launching to the heifer futurity, lawnmower races, and draft horse pull to name just a few events.
Sunday starts bright and early with the Eagle Point FFA breakfast. There are some 600 entries in the half marathon that begins in Talent and ends at Expo.
Harvest Fair tickets are $7 for adults, children 6-12 are $3 and those under rage five are admitted free. Friday night tickets are just $4 for adults and with that ticket you can get re-entrance Saturday or Sunday, free.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent