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Swiss Wine Festival to feature 2 national country acts

Andy Griggs, The Jenkins to perform Friday;
Van-Dells to take stage Saturday

Staff Report

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.

Swiss Wine Festival

Swiss Wine Festival

This year’s 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 festival ever.
Friday night’s 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 performances.
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 “You’ll Never Be Lonely” which he followed up with “I’ll Go Crazy.”
There will be no extra charge for the two concerts, so everyone is encouraged to bring their lawn chair or blankets.
Saturday night’s 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 year’s 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 year’s 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 Dancers

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Swiss Wine
Festival Dancers

Swiss Wine Festival souvenirs and hand-made local items will be expanded at this year’s 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 Belterra’s Center Stage Showroom. Businesses and organizations are encouraged to sponsor a Prince or Princess contestant.
This year’s 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.

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