Sunday, August 19

41st annual Swiss Wine Festival 2012

41st annual Swiss Wine Festival
Aug. 23-26, 2012
The festival, held at the Paul Ogle Riverfront Park in Vevay, IN, is a four-day celebration commemorating Switzerland County’s wine-making roots and bragging rights as the “Birthplace of the First Successful Commercial Winery in the United States.”

Wine Tasting Pavilion

Midwest Championship Grape Stomp
Arts & crafts
Amusement rides
Grand Festival Parade
Riverboat cruises
5K run/walk
Cheerleading competition
Live entertainment
Free video game truck for children and adults
Close Encounters of the Exotic Kind-includes lions, tigers, and elephants

Participating wineries
Buck Creek
Chateau De Pique
Ertel Cellars
French Lick
Grateful Goat Vineyard
Indiana Creek
Windy Knoll

Sammy Kershaw
Aaron Tippin\
Brittany Gillstrap
Kent Family
Hot Wax
Kristen Hobbs
Stevie and the Johns
Dusty Road Band
The ZuZu African Acrobats
Kent Family Magic Circus
Daniel Lusk
Rik Roberts

Upholding the Swiss Wine Festival tradition, gates open Thurs., Aug. 23 at 6 pm with the Little Swiss Polka and Edelweiss Dancers. Festivities on Saturday morning begins at 10 am with the Grand Festival Parade in downtown Vevay.

For more details on festival, entertainment and activities, and entry and parking costs, visit

 Images: submitted by Swiss Wine Fest
Elizabeth J. Musgrave, who writes Gotta Go, is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Read her new column, Infused, at and and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published,, in M and Retired Living magazines and several Indianapolis area newspapers. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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