ALTUS (KFSM)-The annual Grape Festival started in Altus Friday (July 24), and the crowds were out despite the heat.
This was the city's 32nd Grape Festival. It was held in downtown at Altus City Park.
The highlight each year is the grape stomp competition, but there was a lot more going on at the festival.
Veronica Post, the publicity chairwoman for the festival, said the celebration has a historical meaning.
“We've continued to do this tradition,” Post said. “We do it at the beginning of the harvest. It is a warm time of year, but the grapes are ripening. We have grapes here. We have grapes to stomp. We have wine to drink, and it's just a fun celebration of the heritage of our settlers who came here and started growing grapes.”
There was also live music, food, craft booths, jewelry, and of course grapes and wine, but kids could enjoy the celebration too.
Cortland Gilbert said this was her 2nd year to come to the festival. She said she was looking forward to the food and shopping.
“I want to get a rainbow dress because I like the colors in it,” Gilbert said. “I want a funnel cake, and the hot dogs are really good and a corn dog.”
The festival will continue Saturday (July 25) from eight to five.