Swiss Wine Festival

Annual Swiss Wine Festival
includes new grape stomp event

Food, carnival games and
amusement rides among activities

Staff Report

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 Indiana’s top 10 festivals.

Grape Stomping

Photo provided

The 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 country’s pastoral landscape nestled alongside the towering Hoosier and Kentucky hillsides. Dinner cruises are offered on Friday and Saturday evenings.
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 night.

• For more information, visit: www.SwissWineFestival.org or call (812) 427-Wine.

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