Every October people descend upon the historic gold rush town and up-and-coming wine destination of Murphys, CA to channel their inner Lucy and Ethel in a true, down and dirty grape stomp competition.
At the Calaveras Grape Stomp, being held this year on Saturday, October 6, teams of two—a Swabber and a Stomper—have exactly three minutes to try and stomp the most juice out of barrel of grapes for a chance to advance to the finals and win fabulous prizes. You know you want to do this! And even if your team doesn’t stomp your way to the finals, you could take home the prize for best costume (this is where the serious competitors come in!). Want to stomp? Make sure to fill out an entry form by Friday, September 28th.
Meanwhile, spectating is just as fun. You get to wander in and out of Murphys Community Park throughout the day to watch the various stomping heats, enjoy the Street Fair and taste your way through as many wineries as you can get to in a day. In case you haven’t been in awhile, there’s now 22 tasting room on Main Street alone.
Sounds like you’re going to need to book a room! Don’t worry, there are still a few to be had right in town, and even more available just down the road. Make this your fall getaway.
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Photos courtesy of Twisted Oak Winery