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World Championship Grape Stomp at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair

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Photo of the contestants of the Sonoma County Harvest Fair World Championship Grape Stomp
Photo © 2006 J. Kamiyama, licensed to About.com
Each team consists of a stomper and a swabbie. The stompers stand in the barrels and flatten the grapes with their bare feet. The swabbies stand below the barrels and catch the juice with jugs. Stompers must remain in an upright position as they crush the grapes, no hands can be placed on the barrels. It is a maneuver which requires skill and balance. Hence, experienced stompers believe this should be considered a sporting event. (There is no talk yet of including it in the Olympic Games.)

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