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Another Schweizer Fest has come and gone. A week after its conclusion we're left with not only warm memories of a successful community event but hope and optimism about the festival's future - and its growth.
Schweizer Fest is already the longest-running community festival in southern Indiana. That success has been achieved by providing experiences all of us look forward to, whether they be rides and games around City Hall Park, a lively beer garden, great live entertainment and crowd-pleasing attractions such as road runs, pet show and diaper derby.
Schweizer Fest has also grown by adding events like a wine garden and an expanded offering of gospel music. We encourage festival leaders to continue looking for new ways to grow what has become the Tell City celebration.
As Perry County works to attract more visitors, we're confident Schweizer Fest can continue to grow in size and quality. That's already happening. The Schweizer Fest road runs, which drew more than 450 entries this year, could expand to include top runners in nearby communities, something we hear organizers are already working on. At the same time, the wine garden could showcase not only local wineries' products but those of nearby counties. Stages overlooking the park and Main Street can become the sought-after venues for showing off local talent.
New events could add to the celebration. A hot-air balloon race was proposed for last year's sesquicentennial but failed to materialize. Colorful balloons, we think, would be a great draw for visitors. We'd like to see local firemen resume waterball contests from past years and Schweizer Fest would be a great time to organize a bicycle race within or passing through the city.
Members of Schweizer Fest Inc. are willing to listen to ideas about how the festival can grow. They're also looking for people to help lead new projects.
Cheers to everyone who had a hand in the success of this year's festival, especially members of Schweizer Fest Inc. and others who made the 51st community festival of Tell City's Swiss and German heritage worth remembering - and building upon.
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