La Purisima Mission hosted its annual Celebration of the Harvest on Saturday, and several visitors were there to take in the experience — down to the last squish.
The annual event was capped once again by the popular stomping of the grapes, in which many attendees — mostly children — climbed into barrels and jumped, stomped and squirmed as they crushed the grapes with their feet.
The grape stomp is one of the more popular activities of the celebration, which aims to re-create mission life of the early 1800s. The event marks the final People Day event at the state historic park for the summer.
Along with the grape stomp, visitors also were able to snack on fresh warm bread out of the mission’s horno, topped with freshly churned butter.
During the event, the mission’s docents wore period-specific clothing and led demonstrations throughout the park in various aspects of mission life.