Wine Festival 2005
to feature variety of events
tent boasts 12 Indiana wineries;
Van-Dells to headline
(August 2005) The 34th Swiss Wine Festival returns to Vevay,
Ind., in August promising entertainment for the whole family. The event,
scheduled for Aug. 25-28, will feature cruises on the Spirit of Jefferson,
a laser lights show and fireworks show, a hot air balloon glow with
tether rides, an antique auction, several music acts, a beer garden,
and of course, a wine tent.
Swiss Wine Festival
The Wine Tasting Pavilion will feature more than 75 varieties
of Indiana wines. Twelve Indiana wineries will attend along with cheese
from around the world and a variety of breads. A multitude of other
vendors, events, and games will fill out the weekend, including a dog
pageant, a princess pageant, food booths, a grape stomp competition,
a 5K walk & run, line dancing, polka dancing, comics and jugglers,
a canoe race, 3-on-3 basketball and a cruise-in.
This will be the first appearance of the Spirit of Jefferson riverboat
at the Swiss Wine Festival. Dinner cruises will take place on Friday,
Saturday and Sunday nights. The boat will also take a fireworks cruise
Saturday night, a moonlight cruise Friday, and sightseeing cruises throughout
the weekend. The Spirit, which is larger than the previous riverboat,
boasts two air-conditioned levels.
A laser lights show will light up the night at the ball field on Friday
and Saturday, and will be immediately followed by the fireworks on Saturday.
The field will also host Friday nights hot air balloon glow and
tether rides. A corn hole tournament will take place at the ball field
Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The tournament will be open to everyone
throughout the day but restricted to adults over 21 at night. An antique
auction is also planned for Sunday afternoon.
The Endless Summer Band will headline Friday night on the main stage.
The group incorporates colorful costumes, exciting choreography, comedy
bits and popular hits in a musical variety show with something for all
ages. The Endless Summer Band draws on a songbook that spans several
genres and nearly a century of popular music.
is a festival favorite activity.
The variety show includes the fan favorite segment Tributes
to Legends, with music from Louis Armstrong, Tom Jones, Aretha
Franklin, Journey, James Brown and others. The Tiny Blues Brothers
portion of the show is a hilarious combination of blues music and slap-stick
humor that the band says you have to see to believe.
The Van-Dells, or the Three Stooges set to music, as they
have been called, are back this year by popular demand. Vocalists Stacy
Duke Todd, Mark Barnett, and Glen Bowles have been wowing
audiences together for more than 30 years. A six-piece band backs the
Van-Dells. The group uses comedy, choreography, costume changes and
tight harmonies to bring classic rock and roll hits to dazzling life.
The show is broken into two portions. In the first act, the performers
take on the role of the graduating class of Van-Dell High, complete
with letter sweaters and 1950s rock and roll and doo-wop tunes. In act
two, the group takes a trip through the Glitter and Gold
of the 1960s, performing songs from an array of genres.
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