Swiss Wine Festival
includes new grape stomp event
carnival games and
amusement rides among activities
VEVAY, Ind. (August 2011) From area wines to the
circus, the Swiss Wine Festival has something for everyone from 8-80
years old. In its 38th year, this four-day festival is among Indianas
top 10 festivals.
Great Grape Decathlon makes
its debut at the 2011 Swiss Wine
Festival. Enter a team for some fun
and exciting competition. Teams of
five members compete in 10 events
for the top scores and the top prizes
of $500.00 for first place, $250 for
second and $100 for third. Teams
will test their abilities in grape
stomping, basketball and balance.
Teams will also have to put their mind
to the test in minute to win it type
of activities. The decathlon promises
to be an exhilarating experience for
teams with members from
ages 12 to adult.
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. 25, to closing time Sunday evening, Aug. 28, the
Swiss Wine Festival caters to all interests.
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.
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
healthy competition. The Midwest Championship 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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