Since 1953, the Swiss Festival has highlighted the contributions made by the Swiss to the culture and everyday life of Amish Country. Most notably, Sugarcreek remains the top cheese manufacturer in Ohio, which is well-reflected in every aspect of the festival. Patrons can come and enjoy a wide array of wines, cheeses, and other local fares during their visit.
Some of the most entertaining events include the Steinstossen, a stone-throwing contest in which men and women see how far they can toss a large stone weighing up to 138 pounds. There is also a Swiss costume contest, and, of course, a yodeling competition to enjoy. The festival is family friendly, with parades and small events throughout with children in mind. Live music is also a central part of the Swiss Festival, regularly including polka and traditional Swiss music into more American sounds.
For a full list of events and a detailed schedule, go to http://www.villageofsugarcreek.com/ohioswissfest/
Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
September 24, 2013