Swiss Wine Festival
Tippin to headline
Swiss Wine Festival in August
stomp remains a popular event
VEVAY, Ind. (August 2012) An air of excitement
is materializing across Switzerland County, Ind., as locals and visitors
are getting a glimpse of the preparations well under way for the 41st
annual Swiss Wine Festival. This isnt a fly-by-night operation
within a month or two of the close of last years event,
the groundwork began to make one of Indianas top festivals bigger
Guests wont be disappointed as organizers are pulling out all
the corks for the festival. Held at Paul Ogle Riverfront Park in Vevay,
Ind., this years event is Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 23-26.
by Darrel Taylor
Just when you think they cant improve on this
event, another facet is added and bigger names are booked, said
Kendal Miller, public relations spokesperson for this years festivities.
The Swiss Wine Festival is a four-day celebration that commemorates
Switzerland Countys winemaking roots and bragging rights as the
Birthplace of the First Successful Commercial Winery in the United
Switzerland County and Vevay has worked hard over the years to
put this part of southeastern Indiana on the map, said Miller.
The Swiss Wine Festival has played a big part in that.
Visitors will find the traditional aspects of the festival firmly in
place the famous Wine Tasting Pavilion, Midwest Championship
Grape Stomp, arts and crafts, amusement rides, Grand Festival Parade,
riverboat cruises, 5K run-walk, cheerleading competition, live entertainment,
and more. This year includes a free video game truck for children and
adults and Close Encounters of the Exotic Kind that includes lions,
tigers and elephants.
Twelve Indiana wineries are offering samplings of their award-winning
wines, with staff on hand to answer questions about their yield. Novice
or connoisseur wine lovers can enjoy sample tastes or a glass or bottle
if already acquainted with their palates desire. Participating wineries
include Buck Creek, Carousel, Chateau De Pique, Ertel Cellars, French
Lick, Grateful Goat Vineyard, Harmony, Indiana Creek, Lanthier, Ridge,
Windy Knoll and Winzerwald.
The event will have varieties of cuisine to suit anyones tastes.
The Swiss Wine Festival was selected as the Fourth Best Food Festival
in Indiana by the Best of Indiana earlier this year, Miller said.
I can personally attest that its hard to know what to try
Kershaw, above, and
Aaron Tippin are sure to be crowd
pleasers when they perform
Aug. 24 in Vevay, Ind.
This years Swiss Wine Festival entertainment headliners
are country music legends Sammy Kershaw and Aaron Tippin, performing
at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. The concert is included with the $4 gate
admission. An autograph session will take place after the show ends
around 10 p.m. Additional musical performances include Brittany Gillstrap,
Hi-Tops, Kent Family, Diamondback, Hot Wax, Kristen Hobbs, Stevie and
the Johns, I69, the Dusty Road Band and more. Guests are advised to
bring lawn chairs.
The ZuZu African Acrobats will take the Ogle Stage on Friday and Saturday,
Aug. 24-25. Several members of the troupe from Mombasa Kenya performed
on the NBC show Americas Got Talent. Also featured
will be the Kent Family Magic Circus, magician Daniel Lusk, Rik Roberts,
and JoyUnspeakable, an interactive character performer who boasts notable
performances including one for President Ronald Reagan.
Upholding the Swiss Wine Festival tradition, gates will open at 6 p.m.
Thursday with the Little Swiss Polka and Edelweiss Dancers. Hours of
practice by local youths had been undertaken to bring together a traditional
part of Swiss Wine Festival entertainment.
wine tent is a popular place
at the Swiss Wine Festival.
Festivities begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Grand Festival
Parade in downtown Vevay. Marching bands, floats, and local and visitors
line the streets of Main Street to kickoff the celebration Switzerland
Entry into the festival and parking is free on Thursday only and $4
per day on Friday through Sunday.
Children 5-12 years are $2, with under age 5 free. Parking is $3 per
vehicle. Festival times are 5-10 p.m. Thursday; 3 p.m. - 2 a.m. Friday;
10:30 a.m. - 2 a.m. Saturday; and 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
The Wine Pavilion is open from 3-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday;
and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. The Beer Garden is open 5-10 p.m. Thursday;
3 p.m. - 2 a.m. Friday; 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Saturday; Noon - 6:30 p.m.
Sunday. The $15 admission fee includes wine samples and a souvenir wine
Additional activities, performers and events
can be found on the Swiss Wine Festival website at www.swisswinefestival.org.
Or call (812) 427-9463 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reservations for riverboat cruises can be made by calling 1-800-435-5688.
Information on lodging, local businesses and tourist activities can
be found at www.switzcotourism.com
or by calling Switzerland County Tourism at (812) 427-3237 or e-mailing
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