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Grape Day Festival returns to celebrate Escondido’s rich agricultural roots

Young grapevines dot an Escondido hillside in this undated photograph.
Alysha Stehly, Vesper Vineyards
Young grapevines dot an Escondido hillside in this undated photograph.

Dating back to the early 1900s, Escondido's Grape Day Festival celebrates the city's rich agricultural roots.

This year’s festival will be held Saturday Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature a range of entertainment. Food and grape stomping will be a part of what the Escondido History Center is calling the city's “one-day history lesson.”

Grape Day Festival
Samantha Nawrocki
Grape Day Festival

Samantha Nawrocki, event coordinator for the festival, joined KPBS Midday Edition Wednesday to talk more about how this year's event will replicate the festival during its earliest years.

"We're taking it back to an agricultural festival where there's going to be old-time games, old-time music and everything that's basically from those early years, from 1908 up to the (first world) war, which is kind of when that first heyday of the festival sort of happened," Nawrocki said.

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