Swiss Wine Festival 2005

Swiss Wine Festival
to feature variety of events

Wine tent boasts 12 Indiana wineries;
Van-Dells to headline

Staff Report

(August 2005) – The 34th Swiss Wine Festival returns to Vevay, Ind., in August promising entertainment for the whole family. The event, scheduled for Aug. 25-28, will feature cruises on the Spirit of Jefferson, a laser lights show and fireworks show, a hot air balloon glow with tether rides, an antique auction, several music acts, a beer garden, and of course, a wine tent.

August 2005 Swiss Wine Fest Cover

August 2005 Cover
for the
Swiss Wine Festival

The Wine Tasting Pavilion will feature more than 75 varieties of Indiana wines. Twelve Indiana wineries will attend along with cheese from around the world and a variety of breads. A multitude of other vendors, events, and games will fill out the weekend, including a dog pageant, a princess pageant, food booths, a grape stomp competition, a 5K walk & run, line dancing, polka dancing, comics and jugglers, a canoe race, 3-on-3 basketball and a cruise-in.
This will be the first appearance of the Spirit of Jefferson riverboat at the Swiss Wine Festival. Dinner cruises will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. The boat will also take a fireworks cruise Saturday night, a moonlight cruise Friday, and sightseeing cruises throughout the weekend. The Spirit, which is larger than the previous riverboat, boasts two air-conditioned levels.
A laser lights show will light up the night at the ball field on Friday and Saturday, and will be immediately followed by the fireworks on Saturday. The field will also host Friday night’s hot air balloon glow and tether rides. A corn hole tournament will take place at the ball field Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The tournament will be open to everyone throughout the day but restricted to adults over 21 at night. An antique auction is also planned for Sunday afternoon.
The Endless Summer Band will headline Friday night on the main stage. The group incorporates colorful costumes, exciting choreography, comedy bits and popular hits in a musical variety show with something for all ages. The Endless Summer Band draws on a songbook that spans several genres and nearly a century of popular music.

Grape Stomp

Photo provided

The grape stomp
is a festival favorite activity.

The variety show includes the fan favorite segment “Tributes to Legends,” with music from Louis Armstrong, Tom Jones, Aretha Franklin, Journey, James Brown and others. The “Tiny Blues Brothers” portion of the show is a hilarious combination of blues music and slap-stick humor that the band says “you have to see to believe.”
The Van-Dells, or “the Three Stooges set to music,” as they have been called, are back this year by popular demand. Vocalists Stacy “Duke” Todd, Mark Barnett, and Glen Bowles have been wowing audiences together for more than 30 years. A six-piece band backs the Van-Dells. The group uses comedy, choreography, costume changes and tight harmonies to bring classic rock and roll hits to dazzling life. The show is broken into two portions. In the first act, the performers take on the role of the graduating class of Van-Dell High, complete with letter sweaters and 1950s rock and roll and doo-wop tunes. In act two, the group takes a trip through the “Glitter and Gold” of the 1960s, performing songs from an array of genres.

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