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Swiss Wine Festival

Country star Aaron Tippin
to headline Vevay’s big weekend

Other acts to include Sammy Kershaw and Collin Raye

Swiss Wine Festival

• Aug, 22-25 at Ogle Riverfront Park in Vevay, Ind.
• Free concerts with festival admission. Featuring Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw and Collin Raye.
• Also wine tent, beer garden, children’s events, fireworks, 5K Run & Walk, food festival and more.
• Information:
(812) 427-9463

VEVAY, Ind. (August 2019) – Platinum country star Aaron Tippin may have started out as a corporate pilot, but next year he will celebrate 30 years of doing what he loves: “I always say I have the best job in the world – pickin’ and grinning,’ ” he said. After ending his career as a pilot, he decided to give Nashville, Tenn., a try. Five years later, he was a major success in the country music industry.
Known for hit songs like “You’ve Got to Stand for Something” and “Kiss This,” Tippin is somewhat of an expert in country music. “I’ve come a long way since I started. My music is very different now,” he said. Tippin is currently working on an EP that will join a successful run of more than 10 albums. “I love getting back in the studio and watching a song turn into something,” he said.
In August, Tippin will headline the Swiss Wine Festival’s musical entertainment, along with Sammy Kershaw and Collin Raye, part of something they call The Roots and Boots Tour. “The Roots and Boots Tour is a really cool deal for all three of us,” said Tippin. “It’s great to get out here and do something.”
The Swiss Wine Festival is scheduled for Aug. 22-25 in Vevay, Ind. The price of advanced admission is $12 for the entire weekend or $5 for a one day only pass, with admission on Thursday being free. Attendees also have the option of paying at the gate – $7 on Friday and Saturday, and $5 on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Switzerland County Visitor’s Center or at the Swiss Wine Festival office.

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Aaron Tippin next year will celebrate 30 years of entertaining crowds.

Tippin was born in Pensacola, Fla., but raised on a farm in Travelers Rest, S.C., where he went to Blue Ridge High School. In the 1970s, he made a living as a singer, performing in various local bars before eventually moving to Nashville.
This is not Tippin or Kershaw’s first appearance at the festival. “Aaron and Sammy were one of the first musical acts we ever featured at Swiss Wine Festival. We’re excited to bring them back for another year,” said Steve Crabtree, director of publicity for Swiss Wine Festival and longtime board member.
Tippin said he is looking forward to playing at Swiss Wine Festival again. “It’s been a few years back,” he said. “My favorite part has to be the folks who come to hear the music and listen to it. That’s the biggest reason I do what I do and is the most exciting part.”
There will be no shortage of music at Swiss Wine Festival. On Saturday, the festival will showcase a performance by an AC/DC Thunderstruck Tribute Band. Sunday will feature Bluegrass Fest, starting at 1 p.m. and continuing all afternoon.
“We’ll also have other music in our beer garden and will have a variety of music on the main stage that is free,” said Crabtree.
Crabtree noted that this event is geared toward all ages. “We’ll have a lot of nice rides for kids,” said Crabtree. “On Saturday at 10 a.m., we’ll have our grand festival parade, and on Saturday night at 10 p.m., there will be a fireworks show.” The festival will also feature a petting zoo and various period actors for kids and adults to interact with.
Crabtree said there will be an escape house, where visitors can solve puzzles and find hidden clues. “Those are becoming really popular with people,” he said. The festival will also have over 100 arts and crafts booths featuring various artisans, as well as numerous dinner and sightseeing cruises along the river. Prices for the river cruises can be found on Swiss Wine Festival’s Facebook page.
One of the primary draws of Swiss Wine Festival is its wine pavilion, which will offer more than 100 different Indiana wines available for tasting. There is an additional $25 fee to receive a wine pass and participate in the tasting.

The festival saw over 27,000 attendees last year, which Crabtree is hoping for this year. “This event really highlights our heritage. Before Switzerland County was even on a map, the early settlers grew grapes and established Indiana’s first commercial winery,” he said. “We want to keep our heritage going. This is a great opportunity for folks to come back to Switzerland County who have left. It’s great for bringing people back together.”

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