The event was sponsored by Surry Community College and was held at Round Peak Vineyards Saturday morning. In addition to a competition, a pruning demonstration/seminar was also held.
The fight for second ended in a tied with Ernesto Sanchez, from Shelton Vineyards and Gray Draughn with Rock Hill Vineyards.
Gill Giese, viticulture instructor at the college, said 17 contestants participated in the event.
“It went very well. We had about 50 people came out all together,” Giese said.
He said grape vines need pruning in late winter in order to resist diseases and to minimize the threat of winter kill.
“This is an enjoyable thing as well as educational. This is a way for us to celebrate the field workers that make the industry possible. This gives them a chance to showcase their skills,” Giese said.
Giese wanted to thank the owners of Round Peak Vineyards, Ken Gulaian and Keri Heerdt, for hosting the contest this year.
Perez took home $350 for winning first place. The second place prize was $125.
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