Bragging rights and big prizes will be on the line at the 18th annual grapevine pruning championship being sponsored by the Sonoma County Winegrowers on Friday, Feb. 22 at its new vineyard and office location on Guerneville Road.

Entry applications are due by Tuesday, Feb. 12 and no more than three workers per company or vineyard management firm can enter. The competition will be held in pre-assigned heats with the top two contestants advancing to a final heat. Contestants must bring their own pruning shears and safety equipment. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

Women are encouraged to compete. The contest begins at 9 a.m. and lunch will be served at the conclusion. There is no entry fee. For more information contact Dana Cappelloni at or 707-522-5851.

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