Sunday, August 31, 2008

2008 Grape Stomp Report

Yesterday was the 2008 Grape Stomp at Irvin House Vineyards. As I mentioned before, yours truly was the master hotdog chef for the event. Well the festival was a huge success. Last year we had about 700 people attend and this year we estimated that there were around 1200 people there. I got up early to get everything ready. I headed into town and got ice and then topped off my tank with gas. The place where I stopped had fresh Duncan Doughnuts and you guessed it, Great Coffee. I was in heaven.

I spent most of the morning setting up and got everything ready around 11am which was when the bottom fell out and we had a heavy thunder shower. It only lasted about an hour though and I arrived around 12:00 in time to light the grill and dry everything off. No harm done. The festival was supposed to start at 2:00 but people started arriving early and we started selling hotdogs right away. By 1:00 the sun was out and it was starting to heat up.




They had sack races for the kids, face painting, balloons, watermelon seed spitting and a Lucy look alike contest. I stayed so busy though that I wasn't able to take many pictures of the events. Whenever the band took a break for an event, everyone came over to get hotdogs so I didn't get a break. It was so hot that I lost 3 lbs during the day. I also sold out of almost everything so it was a great day for me. My son was selling plants at a booth right next to me and he did very well too. Here are some pictures:
Two girls getting ready to do some grape stomping. This was late in the day and I mentioned foot fungus. See how excited they look. :)



This was right around 2 pm. People were still coming in.

The kids loved the face painting. My son had both of his cheeks painted. I didn't get a picture of that because I was too busy.






This is the blue grass band.


Here is my son Sean early in the day before the crowd got there. Doesn't he look just like Lucy?



This is Ann the owner and Becky with her hair up. I liked it better down but I guess it was too hot that way. Hey Becky.


The crowd.
This is the Kettle Corn man. If you ever get a chance to try Kettle Corn you should do it. I love it.









Everyone seemed to be having a great time and the bluegrass band was excellent. I think they were called something like three legged pig. They played lots of my favorites and the girl harmonized and it reminded me of the Darlings on Andy Griffith. Later in the day, some of the people beside our tent started getting crazy. Since I didn't get pictures of the sack race or the watermelon seed spitting contest, I will leave you with these last two events. The first one is called "If you give me a free hotdog, I will see if I can stuff it in my mouth". The last one is called the "popcorn toss into the mouth game". After those two, they were suggesting more adult games and I didn't take any photos of those. Someone had too much wine.








Have a great Labor Day,



Greg

12 comments:

Wanda said...

Now this sounds like the place to be....

Every picture made me smile, and I wish I could have had one of your famous blacken hotdogs.

Have a great holiday...

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

Looks like it was a fun day! I LOVE that kettle corn - yum!!!

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

I think I would have a splendid time stomping some grapes, maybe one day I'll get to do that!

geewits said...

Did the blugrass band play "Rocky Top" or "Fox on the Run?" I love those and haven't heard them in years. I also love outdoor festivals and wine and hotdogs and kettle korn. On the other hand I hate hot coffee and only like either coffee with Kahlua, Amaretto and cream or a cold bottle of Starbucks Mocha. I guess every silver lining has a cloud, eh?

Lori said...

It looks and sounds like you had a wonderful day. So much fun!

Angie said...

Oh that looks like fun! Great pics!

Sandy said...

hahaha...you always make me laugh... "More adult games" ..one can just imagine...

Enjoyed all the photos and of course your funny writing!!

Scarlet said...

This looks like quite an event. I love that last pic, btw. ;)

Fun, fun, fun! I would love to stomp grapes and munch on hot dogs in the sun. :)

Marjie said...

My kids worked at a local farm during pumpkin patch and Christmas season, sometimes made kettle corn, and always brought some home, until I ordered them to cease and desist, due to hard kernel shells sticking in my teeth. It looks like it was a nice day, indeed!

Celticspirit said...

Look like a great time was had by all!

Llama Momma said...

How fun!! What a wonderful event!

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