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54th Schweizer Fest arrives this week

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TELL CITY – Schweizer Fest, Tell City’s annual celebration of its Swiss-German heritage, will unfold this week with favorite activities from the past and new ones. Throw in rides, games, a Main Street beer garden and four nights of music and you have all the ingredients for a big celebration.

“Schweizer Fest is a wonderful time to see longtime friends and meet new ones at our many fun-filled events. Enjoy rides for the kids, food offered by local civic groups, craft booths, a flea market, road races and live musical entertainment,” Mayor Barbara Ewing wrote in a welcome published in this year’s festival program. “While you’re here, be sure to visit Sunset Park, located in downtown Tell City, to see a spectacular view of the city’s riverfront and to enjoy the Riverwalk Trail. Schweizer Fest is also a time to enjoy the Tell City Historical Society walking tour throughout our downtown area. On behalf of the city of Tell City, I extend to each of our festival visitors a warm welcome, filled with Tell City hospitality.”

An archery contest Saturday and a Schweizer Fest pageant for children held Sunday were the first two events. Tonight brings the Miss Schweizer Fest Pageant and the annual Old Timers Baseball Game is Tuesday. Official opening ceremonies in City Hall Park, along with a street-car parade and band concert, are set for Wednesday.
Here’s a rundown of major events this week. For all of the details, pick up a red program, available at The News and many area businesses.

Miss Schweizer Fest Pageant

Today’s Miss Schweizer Fest Pageant is a competition for girls 20-22 years old; teen pageant is for those girls 16-19 years old; Jr. Miss Pageant is for girls 12-15; and the Princess Pageant is for girls 9-11 years old. The pageant begins at 6 p.m. at Evangelical United Church of Christ.

Tuesday

6 p.m. – 38th Annual Old-Timers Baseball Game

Featuring tri-state players (active or inactive) over the age of 40. All are invited to register starting at 5. Players are requested to wear the uniforms they wore during their playing days.

Game is sponsored by Golden Living Center-Lincoln Hills and held at Frank Clemens Field at Walter Hagedorn Park. Contact Kelly Malone at (812) 483-3381. The public is invited to cheer on players.

Wednesday

7 to 10 a.m. – 38th annual Kaffee Klatch

Sponsored by Epsilon Omega Chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa. Breakfast is served in the EUCC Hall. Contact Betty Cash at 719-8980, Kathy Kinnett at 547-3225 or visit Old National or German American.

9 a.m. to midnight - Schweizer Fest Market

Vendor market in City Hall Park.

5:45 p.m. – Mayor Barbara Ewing will make opening remarks.

6 to 10 p.m. - Family – Appreciation Night

Free rides sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College and Schweizer Fest Inc.

6 to 6:30 p.m. – Opening Concert

Concert by the Tell City Junior-Senior High School Band, directed by Natasha Edmondson. Musik Halle, City Hall Park.

7 to 7:30 p.m. – Distinguished Citizen Award

42nd Annual Distinguished Citizen Award presented by the Tell City Historical Society. Musik Halle, City Hall Park. Reception following at the museum, corner of 10th and Franklin Streets.

7:30 p.m. – Street Car Parade and Contest

Registration at 6:45 in front of Hauenstein’s. Parade at 7:30 p.m. starting at Main and Franklin Streets. Announcement of winners at 7:45. Musik Halle, City Hall Park. Sponsored by Hauenstein’s Clothing Store.

8:30 to 10:30 p.m. – Stan Lagrange and Kelly Clark

Ever-popular local duo covers a wide variety of musical tastes. Brau Garten, City Hall Park. Sponsored by Celebrations.

Thursday

Old Fashioned Bargain Days

Sidewalk sales throughout the day at businesses in Tell City.

9 a.m. to midnight – Schweizer Fest Market

Vendor market in City Hall Park.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Self-Guided Walking Tours

Tour starts at the Tell City Historical Society Museum located at 9th and Franklin streets. Tour booklets are available at the museum for $2 each. Sponsored by ATTC and the Tell City Historical Society.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Tell City Historical Society Museum

Museum displays open to the public. Movie shown at 2 and 4 p.m.

5:30 p.m. – Schweizer Fest Testimonial Dinner

Annual dinner and program will honor Bob Harpenau for his 54th Year as a Lincoln Financial Advisor. Knights of Columbus Home, 947 11th St., 5:30 social, 6:30 dinner. Tickets are $20. For reservations, call 547-2385. Sponsored by the Perry County Chamber of Commerce.

6 to 7:30 p.m. – Talent Show

Musik Halle, City Hall Park. Sponsored by Cromwell Radio Group.

7:30 to 8 p.m. – Jeremy Luecke

Jeremy Luecke, a local singer and guitarist, will entertain.

9 p.m. to midnight – The Hiding

Dubois County-based modern rock band with large new following makes its first Schweizer Fest appearance. Brau Garten, City Hall Park. Sponsored by the 2012 Business of the Year.

Friday

Old Fashioned Bargain Days

Sidewalk sales throughout the day at businesses in Tell City.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Quilt Show

Held at Evangelical United Church of Christ, 802 10th St. Sponsored by Lincoln Trail Quilt Guild. Admission, $2.

9 a.m. to midnight – Schweizer Fest Market

Vendor market in City Hall Park.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Self-Guided Walking Tours

Tours start at the Tell City Historical Society Museum located at 9th and Franklin Streets. Tour booklets are available at the museum for $2 each.

Sponsored by ATTC and the Tell City Historical Society.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Tell City Historical Society Museum

Museum displays open to the public. Movie shown at 2 and 4 p.m.

6:20 p.m. – Back-to-School Fashion Show
Local students modeling fall fashions from area retailers. Organized by Maurices. Music Halle, City Hall Park.

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. - Shoot for the Stars

Qualifiers and past winners perform. Sponsored by the Tell City Regional Arts Association. Musik Halle, City Hall Park.

7 p.m. – Schweizer Fest Horseshoe Tourney

Bring-your-own-partner doubles tournament. Sign-in begins at 6 p.m. at Zoercher-Bettinger Park. For information or to register, contact Andy Schroeder at 719-3577.

7 to 8:30 p.m. – Country Line Dancing.

Performers will showcase talents on Main Street in front of German American presented by Mary Lynn and Larry’s Line Dancers.
8 to 11 p.m. - Teen Garden

Junior High Night, Ninth Street, City Hall Park, music and fun, free admission.

8:30 to 12:30 p.m. – McFly

One of Evansville’s hottest rock bands playing groups from the 80s with local musician Carl Sommer. Brau Garten, City Hall Park. Friday entertainment sponsored by Home Mutual Insurance for the 26th year.

Saturday

Waupaca Foundry Day

7 a.m. – Schweizer Fest Golf Open

38th Annual Schweizer Fest Golf Open – First tee times begin at 7 a.m. Sunday’s tournament will be flighted with 4 flights and a senior’s flight based on today’s results.

8 a.m. – Schweizer Fest Road Runs

8 a.m. – 35th Annual Road Run – Six-mile race begins at 8 a.m. and the two-mile begins at 8:05 a.m. Kid’s fun run begins at 9:20 a.m. The race starts on Seventh Street and ends on Main Street. The course winds through the streets of downtown Tell City before heading through some challenging hills for the 6-mile participants.

Go to www.runperrycounty.com/SFestHome.html for entry information.

9 a.m. – 3 on 3 Basketball Tourney

Three divisions: junior high, high school and adult. $20 per team (up to four people).

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Quilt Show

EUCC, 802 10th Street. Sponsored by the Lincoln Trail Quilt Guild – admission $2.

9 a.m. to midnight – Schweizer Fest Market

Vendor market in City Hall Park.

10 a.m. – Schweizer Fest Bench Press

Weigh-in begins at 9 a.m. Nine divisions – six for men, two for women and a master’s division.

10:30 to 11:15 a.m. – No Illusions Ministries

Leo the Great Christian Magic Show. Musik Halle, City Hall Park.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Self-Guided Walking Tours

Tours start at the Tell City Historical Society Museum located at Ninth and Franklin Streets. Tour booklets are available at the museum for $2 each. Sponsored by ATTC and the Tell City Historical Society.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Tell City Historical Society Museum

Museum displays open to the public. Movie shown at 2 and 4 p.m.

Noon to 1 p.m. – Schweizer Fest Diaper Derby

25th Annual Diaper Derby crawling (0-12 months) and walking (13-18 months) races for babies and toddlers. Registration from 11:30 to noon. Sponsored by Roland’s Jewelry and MuGamma Musik Halle, City Hall Park.

Noon to 6 p.m. – Schweizer Fest Wine Garden

Fifth annual event features local wineries – Blue Heron, Monkey Hollow, Wine Shak and Winzerwald will be joined by Best Vineyards LLC, Indian Creek, Scout Mountain and Windy Knoll wineries. $10 entry fee. City Hall Park.

1 p.m. – Cornhole Tournament

Third-annual event takes place on the south end of the beer garden. Sign-in from noon to 12:40 p.m. No early entries accepted. Tournament will be limited to 64 teams.

Both team members must be present to sign up. Take your own partner, all ages welcome. Entry fee is $20 per team.
Best of three in each round. Contact Zac Hartz at 547-8630 for information.

1:45 to 3 p.m. – 31st- Annual Pet Show

Everyone goes home a winner. Registration from 1:15 to 1:45 to enter show, dogs and cats must have rabies shots. Presented by Humane Society of Perry County. Musik Halle, City Hall Park.

Christian Music Show Sponsored by Edward Jones
• 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Living by Faith – southern gospel trio makes a return visit to Schweizer Fest.
• 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. – Firm Foundation – Owensboro-based contemporary gospel quartet returns to Schweizer Fest.
• 6 to 7 p.m. – Justin Bosley with Jon and Mariah Adams. Local contemporary Christian group makes their first appearance.
5 to 5:45 p.m. – Josh Graham

A first for Schweizer Fest, a stunt motorcycle show. Seventh Street between Franklin and Humboldt streets.

6 p.m. – Horseshoe Tournament

Two-man draw-for-partner event at Zoercher-Bettinger Park. Sign-in begins at 5 p.m. For more information or to register, contact Andy Schroeder at 719-3577.

6:30 to 7 p.m. – Line Dancing on Main Street

Local line dancers will perform in front of German American presented by Jesse and Cheryl Clem of the Boothill Line Dancers.

8 to 11 p.m. – Teen Garden

Senior High Night, Ninth Street, City Hall Park, music and fun, free admissions.

8 p.m. to midnight – Allan & Ashcraft

Fort Wayne-based contemporary country band ranked No. 2 on country charts in Indiana with several original songs.

The band will plat at the upcoming CMA Fest in Nashville. Sponsored by Waupaca Foundry.

Sunday

7 a.m. – Schweizer Fest Golf Open

38th Annual Schweizer Fest Golf Open. First tee times begin at 7 a.m. Sunday’s tournament is flighted with four flights and a senior’s flight based on Saturday’s results.

8:15 a.m. – Schweizer Fest Bike Rides

Ride starts and ends at Zoercher-Bettinger Park, corner of 10th and Watt streets.

There are four rides to choose from: 62-mile ride starts at 8:15 a.m.; 31-mile race starts at 8:30; 18-mile starts at 8:45 and a six-mile family fun ride starts at 9.

Register online at www.bikeperrycounty.com/events or www.active.com/cycling/tell-city-in/schweizer-fest-bicycle-tour-2012. Adults: $15 or $20 after Aug. 6 and children under 12, $5 or $10 after Aug. 6.

On-site registration available from 7 to 8 a.m. day of the race.

Gear support and rest stops available; Dan Henry method markings; Dri-fit T-shirt purchase available for pre-registered riders for $25 (limited supply day of event); $1 per rider will be donated to Indiana Biking Coalition.

Helmets are required and riders must obey all traffic laws.

For questions, contact Kathy Pyle at 548-8692 or bikerchick@bikeperrycounty.com.

2 to 4 p.m. – Tell City Historical Society Museum

Museum displays open to the public.