Grape stomping for a good cause

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The grapes are squished and squashed as these contestants feel the them through their feet.

“Very very slippery,” said Trevor Hylton, won the purple foot competition.

Eight year old Trevor Hylton won the purple foot contest which benefited Angels of Assisi, a local animal shelter and Guitars for Vets, a music therapy program for veterans. 

“I really liked it because my sister always says I dance weird and crazy,” said Trevor Hylton, won the purple foot competition.

Trevor had some great contenders who danced as well.

“I think we got second place. We lost to a very formidable opponent.  He was pretty good,” said Sam Yelley, came in second in the purple foot competition.

“We just thought it was funny because of the famous bit on I Love Lucy with Lucy stomping grapes and we thought, well it’s the right time of they year, we should stomp grapes,” said Barbara Kolb who is part owner of Blue Ridge Vineyard.

Contestants have to step into the tub barefoot and dance around and stomp for a minute to the music.

The stomping of the grapes is a deep rooted tradition in the wine making process.

“In the old days,they really did stomp with bare feet, which is fine,” said Barbara Kolb who is part owner of Blue Ridge Vineyard.

Now it’s become a fun tradition 12 years in the making at the Blue Ridge Vineyard and a way to raise money for a worthy cause. 

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