September 6, 2005
World record holding Grape Catcher to attempt to break
record at Grapefest
Video Interview from last year, Click Here
Guests at the 19th Annual GrapeFest will have a shot to challenge the world record holding speed grape catcher to beat his record and win a trip to Cancun. Steve Spalding, better known as the Grapeguy, holds the Guiness Book of World Records title for Speed Grape Catching - the most grapes caught by mouth in one minute.
Spalding broke his own world record at the 16th Annual GrapeFest, catching 55 grapes in his mouth in one minute from a distance of 15 feet. He hopes to set a new record at this years festival. A resident of Carrollton, Texas, Spalding says, My ability to catch things in my mouth was discovered in 1981 in a college dorm room stunt. Ive caught everything from cookies, apples, tennis balls, licorice sticks, marshmallows, and even pizza slices. But for GrapeFest, grapes are the projectile of choice, he says.
GrapeFest was not his first grape exhibition. In Carrollton, he caught a grape thrown by hand from 177 feet; in Coppell, Texas, he caught a grape from a slingshot from 267 feet; in Las Vegas, Nevada, Spalding caught a grape dropped from the 22nd floor of the Sahara Hotel. At GrapeFest, he also caught 1,189 grapes in his mouth in 30 minutes from a distance of 15 feet. This new feat was submitted and is being reviewed by Guinness at this time. To view a video of the Grapeguy in action, visit www.stevethegrapeguy.com . Catch his act at the Bud Light Stage on Saturday at 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Festival hours are Sept. 8, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; and Sept. 11, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. FREE gate admission from 11 a.m. on Thursday until 5 p.m. on Friday. Admission - Friday at 5 p.m. through Sunday at 6 p.m. is: Teenagers and Adults - $6; Seniors (62+) and Children (6-12) - $3; Children under 5 - Free; Weekend Pass - $10; Souvenir Pin - $15.
GrapeFest is the largest wine festival in the U.S. outside of the Napa and Sonoma region. GrapeFest is named as One of the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association, and is listed as a Top 20 Wine Event in the Nation, in Wine Tasting and Touring magazines Fall 2005 issue. Festival proceeds support the Grapevine Heritage Foundation.