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Red hair, red wine and a fine time

Lena (Annette Olsen), Carlos Creek Winery Tasting Manager Marissa Jaskowiak and Tina (Sue Edwards) pose in bare feet at Carlos Creek Winery in Alexandria on September 3, 2013. (Crystal Dey/Echo Press)2 / 6
Grapes in a wooden barrel await squashing beneath Tina and Lena's feet at Carlos Creek Winery in Alexandria on September 3, 2013. (Crystal Dey/Echo Press)3 / 6
Comedy duo Lena and Tina laugh out loud at the feeling of grapes squishing between their toes at Carlos Creek Winery in Alexandria on September 3, 2013. (Crystal Dey/Echo Press)4 / 6
Lena (left) jumps into a barrel first as she and Tina practice for the Carlos Creek Winery's 13th Grape Stomp Festival on September 3, 2013. The festival will be held at the vineyard in Alexandria on September 13-15. (Crystal Dey/Echo Press)5 / 6
Lena won the practice competition against Tina at the Carlos Creek Winery in Alexandria on September 3, 2013. (Crystal Dey/Echo Press)6 / 6

I love Lucy. You love Lucy. Everybody loves Lucy.

Carlos Creek Winery is plumping up its production for the 13th annual Grape Stomp Festival beginning, befittingly, on Friday, September 13, 2013.

This year, comedy duo Tina and Lena (Sue Edwards and Annette Olsen) will be reenacting the "Grapes of Laugh" barrel brawl between Lucille Ball and the Italian lady from the I Love Lucy episode "Lucy's Italian Movie," which originally aired in 1956.

"This is going to be the best quality reenactment we've ever had," said Tami Bredeson, Carlos Creek Winery owner.

To prepare for the grape pummelling, Tina and Lena kicked off their shoes and stomped a jig at Carlos Creek Winery on September 3. WCCO-TV was on the property filming a segment for Finding Minnesota, which will air on Tuesday, September 10 at 10 p.m.

"We're very excited about the opportunity to reenact the scene," Edwards said.

Tina and Lena have been performing together for three decades and have traipsed across 21 states. The ladies began as a Scandinavian team and have since adapted their routine to reflect a more Minnesotan vibe. They've performed at the Grape Stomp and Applefest once previously.

"Carlos Creek Winery has reestablished Alexandria as a destination on the map," Edwards, a 31-year resident, said.

Each year Alexandria hotels fill up for the festival and downtown shops see a boom. Bredeson said 16,000 people flock to the area and she's heard it's one of the busiest days of the year for local restaurants. In 2012, Ollie's sold more ATVs in the Man Cave than were sold at the State Fair, Bredeson added.

The Grape Stomp brings back many popular attractions year after year. A Lucy look-alike contest has been part of the festival since its inception. Carlos Creek Winery Tasting Manager Marissa Jaskowiak will be modeling Lucy garb during the festival.


Traditionally, a grape "torch" has been passed from non-profit to non-profit as a new winner evolves from the Stomp for a Cause segment. Non-profits face off to receive a donation by being elected the next year's cause. This year's recipient is the Alexandria Youth Hockey Association.

Two new entertainment options have been added to the 2013 line-up. The All American Lumberjacks will be performing logging demonstrations and there will be helicopter tours available. Bredeson emphasized that the lumberjack show is not interactive and not intended for children. Overall, the Grape Stomp, being centered around wine, is geared toward the 21 and older crowd.

"Applefest [set for October 19] is more for the kids," Bredeson said. "The apple crop this year has been excellent."

For more information on the Grape Stomp and a complete line-up of events visit


If you are providing shuttles or rides for attendees of the Grape Stomp or the DWEEBS concert, do not drop off or pick up your passengers on County Road 34. This creates a safety hazard for the passengers as well as oncoming traffic. Please go through the festival entrance and proceed to admissions, where passengers can be dropped off safely and conveniently at the admissions tent.

Or take the free shuttles from the Viking Mall, which leave on the hour beginning Friday at 3 p.m. and on the hour Saturday starting at 11 a.m. or from Big Ole at a quarter past the hour beginning Friday at 3:15 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m.

Crystal Dey

Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.

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