annual Swiss Wine Festival
to include music, dancing, beer
has been selected as
one of the top 10 festivals in the state
VEVAY, Ind. (August 2009) From area wines
to the circus, the Swiss Wine Festival has something for everyone from
ages 8 to 80. In its 38th year, this four-day festival is among Indianas
top 10 festivals.
This celebration is far from ordinary. With its appreciation
of the cultural heritage of Switzerland County, the Swiss Wine Festival
has events like steintossen and grape stomp competitions. From opening
day Thursday, Aug. 27, to closing time Sunday evening, the Swiss Wine
Festival caters to all interest.
With three entertainment stages, there is everything from children in
full Swiss costumes singing and dancing to polka music to a Vegas style
50s and 60s band and everything in-between. The Beer Garden
offers live entertainment including Patriot Jail Band, Stompbox and
Taken as well as cold brews.
The Wine Tasting Pavilion provides a spot of tranquility where visitors
can sample wines from Indiana wineries and converse with old friends
or new acquaintances. Riverboat cruises allow passengers to enjoy the
countrys pastoral landscape nestled alongside the towering Hoosier
and Kentucky hillsides. Dinner cruises are offered on Friday and Saturday
Visitors can wander through the unique shopping area with a variety
of arts and crafts and commercial booths. Suzanne Rayls, an employee
of the Swiss Wine Festival, says there are going to be some interesting
booths this year.
I like the booth with the decorated wine bottles and there is
a booth where you can get pie in a jar. You just have to add water,
she said when asked about her favorites.
The food booths offer a variety of cuisines, everything from ice cream
to Schnitzel. There is a whole area dedicated to Carnival games and
amusement rides for the kids. There is even the Star Family Circus that
performs on The Midway Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Basket tosses and tumbling from the local cheerleading competition always
draws a crowd on Sunday afternoon. The Swiss Wine Festival offers many
contests and competitions from throwing heavy stones to The Great Canoe
Race. Battle of the Bands, cornhole tournaments, the 5K and 3-on-3 basketball
jamboree are fun for everyone and allow participants to indulge in some
The Midwest Champion-ship Grape Stomp is popular among the locals. The
team that produces the most grape juice wins a cash prize as well as
bragging rights. Anyone can participate in open stomps throughout
the weekend for fun. Tammy Hayes, a member of the Main Source Grape
Stomp Team, said, it is hot and gooey and you have to do it fast,
when asked to describe her experience. She also said she participates
because it is fun and entertaining for everyone to watch.
Enthusiasm for the Grand Festival Parade is growing as local businesses
and organizations are gearing up with their entries. After the parade,
the annual Poker Run gets started where motorcyclists travel a scenic
route through Madison, Rising Sun and Friendship, Ind. There is also
a lighted boat parade Friday evening that is a beautiful sight to see
and a huge fireworks display and a new laser light show Friday and Saturday
For more information, visit www.SwissWineFestival.org
or call (812) 427-Wine.
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