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Grape Stomp near Alexandria draws big crowds, flashback fun

It was the second biggest year for the event.

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Grape-stompers were decked out in 1980s gear on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Carlos Creek Winery north of Alexandria.
Travis Gulbrandson / Alexandria Echo Press
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ALEXANDRIA — There were lots of people and great weather — and plenty of 1980s neon-colored clothes — at this year's Grape Stomp at Carlos Creek Winery.

The annual event, which featured an 80s theme on Saturday, ran Friday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Sept. 18.

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Teams stomp grapes as fast as they can at Carlos Creek Winery on Saturday, Sept. 17.
Travis Gulbrandson / Alexandria Echo Press

"Overall, it was a wonderful weekend with lots of happy faces," said Michelle Bredeson, owner of Bold North Cellars, which includes Carlos Creek Winery, 22 Northmen Brewing Company and The Grand Hall. "We definitely had a great crowd all weekend. Attendance over the three days was up from last year – about 11%."

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People line up to buy drink tickets at the Grape Stomp at Carlos Creek Winery on Saturday, Sept. 17.
Travis Gulbrandson / Alexandria Echo Press

She added that this year was the second largest year for the event, right behind the 2019 Grape Stomp.

On Saturday, $1 from every admission was donated to West Central Minnesota Communities Action, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Bredeson said they will be donating a total of $6,076 to WCMCA.

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WCMCA offers programming in energy assistance, affordable housing, weatherization, Head Start, Emergency homeless services, supervised visitation, free tax preparation, Home Care and Repair, Ready Ride Transportation and benefits assistance including MNsure navigation services and more.

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The crowds turned out in full force for the Grape Stomp at Carlos Creek Winery north of Alexandria.
Travis Gulbrandson / Alexandria Echo Press

She also noted that despite the forecast, the weather was perfect all three days, although there was a little bit of rain on Friday that didn't last too long.

"A huge thank you to everyone that came out for the weekend. It was so fun to see so many people out for the celebration," Bredeson said. "Family Day was so fun to see all of the kids out enjoying the festival including the logging show and the stomping."

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Two men participate in a log roll event at the Grape Stomp at Carlos Creek Winery on Saturday, Sept. 17.
Travis Gulbrandson / Alexandria Echo Press

Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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