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Carlos Creek announces 'Stomp for a Cause'

Alexandria residents will have a chance to support local nonprofits in September when Carlos Creek Winery in Alexandria debuts Stomp for a Cause at their annual Grape Stomp and Wine Festival.

The three day festival, held September 14-16, features live music, art, food, craft vendors and daily grape stomping competitions. It will culminate with a day dedicated to raising money for a Douglas County nonprofit, this year's being the Alexandria Area Arts Association (AAAA).

Sundays will be Stomp for a Cause day, explained Tami Bredeson, winery president. AAAA will take over the grape stomping tent for a day. Every 20 minutes, eight teams will compete. One-hundred percent of their stomping fees will go to AAAA. Information about AAAA's upcoming season, volunteer opportunities, membership and season tickets will be available.

In the final stomping competition of the day, eight Douglas County nonprofit teams will vie for the opportunity to be next year's Stomp for a Cause recipient. There is no entrance fee on Sunday, so the public is encouraged to come out and cheer for their favorite team.

Also new this year is Friday's Minnesota Nice Day starring Tina and Lena, a Minnesota Nice Costume contest and an evening barn dance with performances by Josie Nelson and the Dweebs. The Man Cave, featuring beer tasting and "man toy" demonstrations will return this year.

Carlos Creek Winery is open all year and hosts the annual Grape Stomp Festival the third weekend of September.

Douglas County nonprofits interested in being next year's Stomp for a Cause recipient should contact the winery at (320) 846-5443. Only eight spots are available. Nonprofits selected will need a team of two and must pay a $25 stomping fee, which will go to AAAA.

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