Upholding the Swiss Wine Festival tradition, gates will open on Thursday, August 22 at 5:00 pm with the Little Swiss Polka Dancers performing at 6:00 pm. Hours of practice by local youths had been undertaken to bring together this traditional aspect of the Swiss Wine Festival entertainment.
Festivities begin on Saturday morning at 10:00am 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.
Entry into the festival and parking is free on Thursday only and $5 per day on Friday-Saturday with children 5-12 years for $3. Youths under age five are free. Sunday admission is $4 for adults and $2 for youths 5-12. Youths under age five are free.
Festival times are Thursday, August 22 from 5-10pm; Friday, August, 23 from 3pm-2am; Saturday, Aug. 24 from 10:30am-2am; and Sun., Aug. 25-10:30am-6:30pm. There is a small parking fee.
The Wine Pavilion is closed on Thursday, but is open Friday, 3-10pm, Saturday, 11am-10pm, and Sun. noon-5:00pm. The $15 per person admission fee includes wine samples and a souvenir wine glass. The Beer Garden opens Thursday for Happy Hour from 5:00pm-10pm and will reopen Friday from 3:00pm-2am; Saturday 11am-2am; and Sunday, 11am-6pm.
Additional activities, performers, and events can be found on the Swiss Wine Festival website at http://www.swisswinefestival.org, (812) 427-9463 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations for riverboat cruises can be made by calling 1-800-435-5688. Information on lodging, local businesses and tourist activities can be found at http://www.switzcotourism.com, by calling Switzerland County Tourism at (812) 427-3237 or e-mailing email@example.com.