Heritage Festival

Swiss Heritage Festival takes place annually in September. The scents of kettle corn and homemade soup prepared over an open fire throughout the day and the smell of apples pressed into cider with the world’s largest cider press tempt any appetite. Visitors are transported by the sights and sounds of a bygone day, when the pace of life was slower and families had to work together to sustain themselves. Interactive stations let you shell corn with a hand crank sheller, churn butter, spin wool, use your manpower to cross cut saw wood, and stir the big black pot of apple butter in the make. Artisans demonstrate how early settlers made rope, cut logs, washed their clothes, quilted blankets, and made cheese. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn the art of paper quilling, and how to speak a few words in Swiss. Click here for pictures of past days, and below follows a list of events and times. Adult admission is $3, and $1 for students K-12.

Event Schedule

10 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. Apple Butter Making
10 A.M. - 4 P.M. Corn Grinding
Saw Mill Operating
Petting Zoo
Artisan Tent Open
10 & 11 A.M.; 1, 2, & 3 P.M. Oxen Demonstration
10 A.M. Jill VanLew, A Musical Walk Through the Civil War
10 - 11 A.M. 1st Annual Gardening Competition (more information below)
11:15 A.M. Preparation for the cider press “Big Squeeze”
12 P.M. The “Big Squeeze” cider production
12:30 P.M. Music by Gabe Bailey and Rock Steady
1-1:30 P.M. Apple Butter Canning (approximate time)
1 P.M. Garden Competition Awards
1:45 P.M. Royer Brothers Quartet and The Royer Family
3 P.M. Music by Joni Cincotta and Lisa Rich

Food provided by:

Limberlost Diner; Homemade Pie and Ice Cream; BBQ Server by the Swiss Heritage Village

Garden Challenge 2019

All ages are welcome to enter their produce! Submit your fruits, vegetables, and flowers from 10 to 11 A.M. and come back for the judging at 1 P.M. All types of produce will be accepted, but specific categories are outlined below. Prizes will be awarded by E&R Seeds, Grow Joy, and other area businesses.

Largest and Smallest: Green Pepper
Ear of Corn
Tallest Sunflower
Corn Stalk
Longest/Shortest & Fattest/Thinnest Carrot
Craziest-looking Cucumber
Most Uniform Bunch of Potatoes
Most Pods Soybean
Most Beautiful Flower bouquet