VEVAY, Ind. (August 2004) Two national country acts on Friday
night, The Van-Dells on Saturday night, Helicopter rides, Fireworks
Show, Grand Festival Parade, Wine Tasting Pavilion, Pottery and Blacksmith
demonstrations; Riverboat Cruises, Bluegrass-Gospel band; Teen Rock
band; Magic and Puppet Shows; Alligator Aaron and the Four-Paws Doggie
Pageant are just some of the exciting events schedule for the 33rd
Swiss Wine Festival.
This years festival will be held Aug. 26-29 at the Paul W.
Ogle Riverfront Park in Vevay, Ind. Kirk Works, festival chairman,
said with the new National Country performances on Friday night and
additional advertising on B105 country radio station in Cincinnati,
that the 33rd anniversary celebration may be the best and biggest
Friday nights entertainment is going to be spectacular with
the Swiss Wine Festival partnering with B105 in Cincinnati to bring
the B105 Country Music Stage to the festival. This new attraction
will consist of an extra stage set up in the ball field to accommodate
The evening will kick off with Ridge Runner. A country band currently
playing as the house band at the Ironhorse in Greensburg, Ind. They
play a mix of music that will appeal to all ages. The next performance
will be by The Jenkins, a stunning mother-and-two daughter trio, blending
the pure, traditional harmonies of Kentucky
bluegrass with contemporary sounds and themes to create unique and
irresistible music. The headline performance will bring RCA recording
star Andy Griggs to the stage. He first made it big in 1999 with his
debut single Youll Never Be Lonely which he followed
up with Ill Go Crazy.
There will be no extra charge for the two concerts, so everyone is
encouraged to bring their lawn chair or blankets.
Saturday nights headline performance will feature the Van Dells.
They have been around for more than 26 years. Entertaining audiences
of all ages with their unique blend of comedy, choreography, and tight
harmonies. The Van-Dells have been called The Three Stooges
set to music. The Van-Dells are not just good music; they are
a show band specializing in 50s and 60s. They are billed
as The Nations No. 1 Rock N Roll Review.
There are many new attractions at this years festival. Whirl-Away
Helicopters from Sellersburg, Ind., will be providing Helicopter rides
on Saturday and Sunday with each ride lasting about five minutes.
Michael K. Jean from Kingman, Ind., will be conducting blacksmith
demonstrations, and Curt Buethe will be showing his pottery skills
during the festival weekend. An eight-hitch miniature horse team will
be on display throughout the festival and will be in the Grand Festival
Parade on Saturday morning. Four-Paws Doggie Pageant on Thursday evening
will feature local children ages 6-12 showing off their
dogs. 650 North, a hot teen rock band, will be performing on the Ogle
Stage both Friday and Saturday nights for the younger generation.
Amazing Clark and Mary Ellen Clark will be entertaining kids of all
ages with their magic and puppet shows. They will also perform at
both elementary schools.
Paint the Festival will feature artist painting different
festival scenes during the day on Saturday and then Local artist Jerry
King and The Rivertown Ramblers will perform on the Main Stage on
Saturday afternoon. Here-&-Gone (Bluegrass-Gospel band) will close
out the festival on the Main Stage on Sunday afternoon.
Enthusiasm is already growing for the Grand Festival Parade. This
years theme is Mardi Gras-Swiss style. Four high school bands
have confirmed to march in the parade. All local businesses and organizations
are urged to enter a float in the parade to help make the 33rd Grand
Festival Parade one of the biggest ever.
On Saturday evening, the Wine Pavilion Tent at the Riverfront Park
will be alive with the taste of great Indiana wines, the aroma of
a delicious dinner and the sounds of good entertainment, as Savor
the Taste II wine tasting dinner will be held for the enjoyment
of all guests. A limited number of tickets will be available. To reserve
your space, please call the Welcome Center.
Swiss Wine Festival souvenirs and hand-made local items will be expanded
at this years festival. The festival board of directors has
constructed a brand new Swiss style souvenir building to display the
2004 official souvenirs. We are also working on increasing the number
of exhibits on display in the local arts & crafts tent.
The local tent will feature more arts and crafts and other unique
items made in Switzerland County.
For more information about displaying your locally made items, contact
the Welcome Center.
The Edelweiss Prince & Princess Scholarship Program will be the
first event of the Swiss Wine Festival and will be held on Sunday,
Aug. 1, at Belterras Center Stage Showroom. Businesses and organizations
are encouraged to sponsor a Prince or Princess contestant.
This years festival will again feature the fireworks show, many
arts and crafts booths, amusement rides, 5K walk-run, 3K River Run,
cheerleader competition, riverboat cruises, Swiss Ambassador Program,
wine tasting pavilion, beer garden, Poker Run, 3-on-3 Basketball Jamboree,
Cruise In, food booths and, of course, the crowd favorites Little
Swiss Polka Dancers, Edelweiss Dancers, Edelweiss Teen Princess Pageant,
and the community grape stomp competition.
For a complete schedule of events, visit: www.swisswinefestival.org.