It may look a bit different this year, but Carlos Creek Winery has announced that its annual grape stop festival is still happening!

Carlos Creek Winery's 20 Anniversary Grape Stomp is scheduled for September 18-20 this year. A three-day event, things may look different this year due to COVID-19, but the Alexandria winery has packed as much into each day as possible. Here's the low-down:

Only 250 guests will be allowed at a time, following COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions in Minnesota. Tickets must be pre-purchased in advance and will be good for three hours at a time at the event. Because of limited numbers, attendees must also be 21+ of age. As in years past, there will be food vendors (5) and craft/art/marketplace vendors (40). There will also be live music on two different stages. The lineup currently consists of Jeff James, Josie Nelson, Rachael Ianiro, Jackson & The Burns, and Robb Justice Band. Wine and beer tastings will be available along with wine and beer available by the glass at two different locations.

Different to years past, there will be no competitive grape stomping this year. Instead, Carlos Firefighters will do grape stomp demonstrations at 11:30am, 2:30pm and 5:30pm; $2 of every admission ticket will be donated to the Carlos Fire Department. There will also be no shuttles. Finally, also different but totally fun, there will be a best mask contest each day as well as best group t-shirt contest!

Tickets to the 20th Anniversary Carlos Creek Winery Grape Stomp Festival run $20 plus fee and can be purchased here.

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