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Crush Fest set for Saturday at Yonah Mountain Vineyards
Crush fest grape stomping
Crush Fest is a one-day festival to be held rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 at the vineyards near Sautee.

Get ready to stomp the vineyard. The final touches are being put in place for Yonah Mountain Vineyards’ third annual harvest celebration.

Crush Fest is a one-day festival to be held rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 at the vineyards near Sautee.

The festival is designed to be a fun and exciting event for all ages. Grape stomping a’ la Lucille Ball highlights the day.

New to Crush Fest this year is the Crusher 6K Vineyard Run & 2K Trellis Trail Walk/Run, which begins at 9 am.

The Atlanta Falcons’ drum line will perform during the festival hourly. Horse-drawn wagon tours of the vineyard, visits to the winery and wine tasting will also take place throughout the day. And for the kids, the ever-popular bounce house will be provided.

Area eateries will sell foods paired with Yonah Mountain Vineyards’ wines.

And no festival would be complete without a little music. This year, Shoal Creek Blue Grass Band, The Brandy Brothers, and Mercury Orkestar will provide live music all day.

More than 40 artists and vendors will sell locally made products, wine-related merchandise and, for those who are especially brave, helicopter rides over the vineyard.

Admission to Crush Fest is $20 for wine drinkers, which includes a festival glass, and $5 general admission. Those age 16 and younger are free.

For information about the Crusher 6K & 2K Trellis Trail Walk/Run, visit ymvcrusher.com.

More information on the festival, including directions to the vineyard can be found at yonahmountainvineyards.com or by calling 706-878-5522.

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