Tell City is one of those little towns nestled along the Ohio River, about halfway between Evansville and Louisville. And like its fellow river city to the east, Vevay, Tell City has its roots in the Swiss settlers who came to this part of Indiana.
To commemorate their earliest settlers, the people of Tell City held their first Schweizer Fest (Swiss Festival) in 1958, to honor their centennial anniversary of the city. They had such a good time, the Tell City Historical Society decided to do it every year.
That brings us to today, 55 years later, and the Tell City Schweizer Fest has become one of the longest running community festivals in Indiana. And with good reason — the entire city gets involved. Civic groups, clubs, and businesses all work together to make the festival a grand success.
And by looking at the festival schedule, I can tell it’s not quite the same as other community festivals, which makes it all the more interesting. You can see the entire schedule here, but here are some of the highlights that really caught my attention.
I’ve been to a lot of community festivals over the years, and written about a lot more. I have to say that Tell City has some of the more interesting and unusual activities and events I’ve seen, and it’s pretty cool.
While every festival has a car show and a pageant and music every night (they just aren’t festivals without them), only Tell City is celebrating the body, the mind, the heart, and their heritage. Show me another festival that has an archery tournament, robotics demonstrations, fitness competition, and a koffee klatch, and you’ll find me there too.
Congratulations on 55 years, Tell City Schweizer Fest!
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