Grape Festival on tap Saturday

By Erin Smith -

DUBLIN — The N.C. Grape Festival will be held at Lu Mil Vineyard on Saturday with activities from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

One favorite for folks is the community yard sale, which will be set-up beginning at 6 a.m. There will be all manner of items available for purchase as well as bargains galore.

“Space is free, on a first come, first served basis,” said Lu Mil Marketing Director Carla Ward.

There will also be food available for purchase and live entertainment.

The highlight of the day is the annual grape stomp event, which takes place at about 1 p.m.

“The grape stomp is just a modern way of celebrating and having fun with what used to be the only way to get juice from the grapes,” said Ward.

She said once the grapes are stomped, the juice in each contestant’s bucket will be measured, and whomever has the most juice will be declared the winner.

Ward said that many folks will remember the “I Love Lucy” television show. She remarked there is an episode on that show where Lucy stomped a tub of grapes. Ward said the vineyard has wine glasses that commemorate that episode.

Folks are encouraged to come out and enjoy the day. For information or questions about the N.C. Grape Festival, call 910-866-5819.

Erin Smith can be reached at 910-862-4163.

By Erin Smith

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