Every fourth weekend after Labor Day, thousands of Ohio residents will visit the town of Sugarcreek to attend the Ohio Swiss Festival. Sugarcreek is called the "Little Switzerland of Ohio", and the festival is held annually to provide an opportunity for people to experience Swiss culture in the US. For the 2010 edition, festivities will be held on the first and second of October in the downtown area, mostly along Main Street. For a truly memorable experience of the Ohio Swiss Festival, it is recommended that you stay in a downtown Sugarcreek Inn.
Ohio Swiss Festival
Sugarcreek, Ohio 44681
The Grand Parade is considered the main event of the Ohio Swiss Festival. It begins at 2:00 p.m. on the last day of the festival. Extensive preparations are made months before the festival, and the hard work is evident in the quality of the parade. The parade features marching bands, magnificent floats, clowns, horse carriages as well as cars and convertibles with people in Swiss costumes. A celebrity may make an appearance during the parade. Prizes will be awarded to the most outstanding participants of different categories.
The Kiddie Parade takes place on Main Street on the 1st of October, and it features kids competing in many different categories, ranging from Best Dressed Swiss Boy to Best Decorated Coaster Wagon. Some of the floats that were seen in previous years included Power Wheels with cheese tires and airplanes that were converted from Radio Flyer Wagons. This parade brings lots of fun and excitement to the festival.
The Wine and Cheese Tent and Craft Tent
The Wine and Cheese Tent is located at the Fire Station, and it is open on both days of the festival. It offers visitors the opportunity to taste a wide variety of Swiss cheese and wines. The Craft Tent in the Village Square is the place where visitors can purchase a wide range of Swiss and Amish crafts. The items that are offered in the tent range from fabrics to decorative items, and they are all handcrafted by skilled artisans.
Music and Entertainment
Live music and other performances will be presented on the Pavilion Stage throughout the festival. In the past, Grammy-nominated musician Del Sinchak and famous polka band Hank Haller have performed at the festival, and this year, many accomplished artists are expected to take the stage. Visitors will also get to see Swiss performances and variety acts. Also, an area of the festival grounds will be reserved for amusement rides.
A number of interesting contests are also held during the Ohio Swiss Festival. The most popular events are the Steintossen, which is a stone-tossing competition, and the Swiss Cheese Chase Run, a short marathon around Sugarcreek's downtown and residential areas. Other notable events include the Big Wheel Race, the Tractor Pull and pageantries.
If you are planning to drive to the Ohio Swiss Festival from your Sugarcreek Bed and Breakfast, you can park your car in the parking lots located along Dover Road, Third Street and Factory Street. For more information about the festival, you can call the Sugarcreek Village Information Center.