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Swiss Wine Festival

Country music’s Tracy Lawrence to headline Vevay’s premiere festival

Community-wide celebration
to mark its 42nd year

VEVAY, Ind. (August 2013) – Country singer Tracy Lawrence will entertain on the Big Stage during the 42nd annual Swiss Wine Festival, Aug. 22-25 at Vevay’s Paul Ogle Riverfront Park. Lawrence is scheduled to take the stage at 8:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23.

Tracy Lawrence

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Tracy Lawrence will perform many of his hit songs Aug. 23 at the Swiss Wine Festival.

Lawrence has had more than 22 songs on the Billboard top 10 charts and 18 No. 1 singles. With one of the most recognizable voices in country music, fans can relate to songs including “Paint Me a Birmingham,” “Time Marches On” and “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” Lawrence has sold more than 13 million albums.
A multi-platinum Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music award-winning artist, his music has inspired a whole new generation of entertainers and fans over the last 22 years.
“Headlights, Taillights and Radios” is a new studio album scheduled to be released in August. The first single, “Stop Drop and Roll,” marks the first studio album in five years. The 11-song collection features some of Lawrence’s most progressive music to date and is a testament to how his music continues to evolve and engage all generations of country music fans.
The Swiss Wine Festival commemorates Switzerland County’s winemaking roots and bragging rights as the “Birthplace of the First Successful Commercial Winery in the United States.”
“Vevay is celebrating their Bicentennial this year, with Switzerland County’s coming up in 2014. Organizers decided to combine them and have the Vevay-Switzerland County Bicentennial celebration this October. This year’s Swiss Wine Festival will capitalize on that with the Bicentennial Grand Festival Parade and other facets of this year’s event,” said Kendal Miller, public relations spokesperson for the event. “The Swiss Wine Festival continues to be a crowd favorite across Southeast Indiana and beyond.”
Visitors will find the traditional aspects of the festival firmly in place such as the famous Wine Tasting Pavilion, Midwest Championship Grape Stomp, arts & crafts, amusement rides, Grand Festival Parade, riverboat cruises, 5K run & walk, cheerleading competition, live entertainment and more.
Twelve Indiana wineries are offering samplings of their award-winning wines with staff on hand to answer questions about their yield. Novice or connoisseur wine lovers can enjoy sample tastes or a glass or bottle if already acquainted with their palate’s desire. Participating wineries include Buck Creek, Carousel, Chateau De Pique, Ertel Cellars, French Lick, Grateful Goat Vineyard, Harmony, Indiana Creek, Lanthier, Ridge, Windy Knoll and Winzerwald. Entrance into the wine pavilion is $15 per person and includes a souvenir wine glass and wine samples.
“The event will include many varieties of cuisine to suit anyone’s taste,” said Miller.  “The Swiss Wine Festival earned Fourth Best Food Festival in Indiana honor a couple years ago.”
Additional musical performances throughout the event include Allen as Tim & the Dance Hall Rockers, a dynamic group of Tim McGraw Tribute Artists from the Metro Detroit Area. After Midnight, ALY’AN, Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets, CEF Michael, Diamondback, Full Circle Band, Heart Breaker Video DJ and Stevie and the Johns will also be performing.  
The Nerveless Nocks Thrill Show includes descendants of the Swiss Circus Family Nock, who are among the most respected aerial stunt artists in the world. They will perform all four festival days. Also appearing will be a Silly Safaris Live Animal Show, Celtic Motion Irish Dancers, stilt walkers, a fire performer and more.
This year includes an Aussie Kingdom, featuring different species of kangaroos and wallabies along with native Australian birds. A Laser Light Show Spectacular before the customary fireworks takes place Saturday evening.
Upholding the Swiss Wine Festival tradition, gates will open at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, with the Little Swiss Polka Dancers performing at 6 p.m. Hours of practice by local youths had been undertaken to bring together this traditional aspect of the Swiss Wine Festival entertainment.
Festivities begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Bicentennial Grand Festival Parade in downtown Vevay. Marching bands, floats, and local and visitors line the streets of Main Street to kick-off the celebration Switzerland County-style, this year paying homage to the Vevay-Switzerland County 200th birthday.
Lawrence’s concert is free with the Friday $5 per person Swiss Wine Festival gate admission. Children ages 5-12 are $3 with under age 5 admitted free. Attendees may bring lawn chairs. No coolers are permitted.

Riverboat cruises scheduled during
2013 Swiss Wine Festival

Relish the view along the Ohio River aboard a relaxing riverboat cruise departing from Vevay, Ind., as part of the Swiss Wine Festival. Cruises will take place on Friday-Sunday, Aug. 23-25 and showcases the scenery of both Indiana and Kentucky.
Departing from Paul Ogle Riverfront Park, guests can select from several types of cruises and launching times including: Sightseeing, Moonlight, Lock & Dam, Fireworks, and a Dinner Cruise. Tickets can be purchased at the information booth at the Swiss Wine Festival event, with the exception of the Dinner Cruise, which requires advance reservations by calling 1-800-435-5688.
Cruises scheduled for Aug. 23 include: Sightseeing Cruise from 4-5 p.m. for $10; a Dinner Cruise from 6:45-8:45 p.m. for $30; and a Moonlight Cruise from 9:30-11 p.m. for $12. On Aug. 24, five cruises are available including: a Sightseeing Cruise from noon-1 p.m. for $12; a Lock & Dam Cruise from 1:30-4 p.m. for $20; a 4:30-5:30 p.m. Sightseeing Cruise for $12; a $30 Dinner Cruise from 6:30-8:30 p.m.; and a 9:30-11 p.m. Fireworks Cruise for $15.
Three riverboat cruises are scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 25, including: a 12:30-1:30 p.m. and 2-3 p.m. Sightseeing Cruise for $12 each and a 3:30-6 p.m. Lock & Dam Cruise for $20. Riverboat prices for youths 12 and under are available upon request.

• For more information, visit the Swiss Wine Festival website at: www.SwissWineFestival.org, telephone (812) 427-9463 or email: info@swisswinefestival.org. Advance tickets will be available at the Swiss Wine Festival office and Showtime Video in Vevay. Tickets are also be available at the Switzerland County Visitors Center located at 128 W. Main St. in Vevay. For more information, call (812) 427-3237 or email: visitsc@vevayin.com.

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